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Media Contact: Lance Skelly 25 March 2005
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Emory Healthcare Named Official Health Care Provider for Tour de Georgia
Emory Healthcare has been named the official health care provider of the 2005 Dodge Tour de Georgia. Each year world-class athletes descend on Georgia for one of the world's premier cycling events, and this year they will be joined by Emory's world-class physicians, nurses and athletic trainers providing healthcare to athletes, volunteers and staff.

"Working with athletes the caliber of those participating in the Tour requires a level of expertise in emergency and sports medicine that Emory Healthcare is uniquely equipped to provide," says Douglas Lowery, MD, associate professor and vice chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory School of Medicine. "We have assembled a team of healthcare providers who understand the unique needs of these athletes and we're prepared for the special challenges associated with a race of this magnitude."

Dr. Lowery's team includes emergency medicine, orthopaedic and sports medicine physicians and trainers, and nurses from Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health care system in Georgia.

Support will also be provided by Emory Flight, Emory Healthcare's air medical transportation service.

The healthcare team will travel with the athletes throughout the six-day, 11-city Tour. The race begins on April 19 in Augusta and travels across Georgia before finishing in Alpharetta five days later. Start cities include Augusta, Fayetteville, Rome, Dalton, Gainesville and Blairsville. Finish cities include Macon, Rome, Dahlonega, Brasstown Bald Mountain and Alpharetta.

"Emory Healthcare is a great addition to the Tour," says Stan Holm, executive director of the Dodge Tour de Georgia. "We have some of the best athletes in the world participating in the race, and it's comforting to know an institution with the international reputation of Emory will be traveling with the Tour."

"We are delighted that Emory Healthcare is a sponsor of the Dodge Tour de Georgia and the medical provider for this year's race," says Michael M. E. Johns, MD, CEO, Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and Dodge Tour de Georgia board member. "The spectacle of these world-class athletes competing at the top of their form is thrilling to see and helps to define the ultimate limits of what the human body can achieve. But it also helps to remind all of us lesser athletes that cycling is one of the simplest, most enjoyable, and enduring forms of exercise that we can find. At a time when we face a societal epidemic of overweight and obesity, this is a valuable lesson to take away from the Tour."

Fifteen international teams will be competing in the race, along with the United States' Discovery Channel Pro Cycling team, led by defending Tour de Georgia champion Lance Armstrong.

Media Contact: Lance Skelly 25 March 2005
  lskelly@emory.edu    
  (404) 686-8538   Print  | Email ]
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Emory Healthcare Named Official Health Care Provider for Tour de Georgia
Emory Healthcare has been named the official health care provider of the 2005 Dodge Tour de Georgia. Each year world-class athletes descend on Georgia for one of the world's premier cycling events, and this year they will be joined by Emory's world-class physicians, nurses and athletic trainers providing healthcare to athletes, volunteers and staff.

"Working with athletes the caliber of those participating in the Tour requires a level of expertise in emergency and sports medicine that Emory Healthcare is uniquely equipped to provide," says Douglas Lowery, MD, associate professor and vice chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory School of Medicine. "We have assembled a team of healthcare providers who understand the unique needs of these athletes and we're prepared for the special challenges associated with a race of this magnitude."

Dr. Lowery's team includes emergency medicine, orthopaedic and sports medicine physicians and trainers, and nurses from Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health care system in Georgia.

Support will also be provided by Emory Flight, Emory Healthcare's air medical transportation service.

The healthcare team will travel with the athletes throughout the six-day, 11-city Tour. The race begins on April 19 in Augusta and travels across Georgia before finishing in Alpharetta five days later. Start cities include Augusta, Fayetteville, Rome, Dalton, Gainesville and Blairsville. Finish cities include Macon, Rome, Dahlonega, Brasstown Bald Mountain and Alpharetta.

"Emory Healthcare is a great addition to the Tour," says Stan Holm, executive director of the Dodge Tour de Georgia. "We have some of the best athletes in the world participating in the race, and it's comforting to know an institution with the international reputation of Emory will be traveling with the Tour."

"We are delighted that Emory Healthcare is a sponsor of the Dodge Tour de Georgia and the medical provider for this year's race," says Michael M. E. Johns, MD, CEO, Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and Dodge Tour de Georgia board member. "The spectacle of these world-class athletes competing at the top of their form is thrilling to see and helps to define the ultimate limits of what the human body can achieve. But it also helps to remind all of us lesser athletes that cycling is one of the simplest, most enjoyable, and enduring forms of exercise that we can find. At a time when we face a societal epidemic of overweight and obesity, this is a valuable lesson to take away from the Tour."

Fifteen international teams will be competing in the race, along with the United States' Discovery Channel Pro Cycling team, led by defending Tour de Georgia champion Lance Armstrong.



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