|Earlier today, President George W. Bush made a surprise visit to 15 residents of Emory's Wesley Woods Towers during his trip to Atlanta to discuss Medicare and Social Security.
The President spoke to the group of senior citizens at Budd Terrace nursing home just before he addressed a larger crowd at the Atlanta Civic Center. The group was unaware they were going to receive a visit from the nation's highest official, so it was a surprise to see him walk through the door. They were participating in a special class to learn more about Medicare Part D.
Towers' resident Frances Heverly accompanied the President on stage during his conversation on senior security at the Civic Center. Four generations of her family were also able to take part in a photo opportunity with President Bush after the event.
In addition, Emory University President James W. Wagner, PhD, and his wife Debbie, along with Emory's Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and Chief Executive Officer of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center Michael M.E. Johns, MD, and his wife Trina, were special guests of the President at the Civic Center.
"It was a great surprise for our residents to meet the President and be able to personally talk to him about Medicare and Social Security," says Peter Basler, chief operating officer of Wesley Woods Center. "As senior citizens, these topics are of the utmost importance to each of the patients and residents at Wesley Woods Center. We are honored that the President made time to visit us during his short trip to Atlanta."