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Media Contact: Alicia Lurry 06 April 2004    
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Emory to Dedicate New Faculty Building at Grady on April 8
A dedication ceremony for the new Emory Clinical Training and Faculty Office Building at Grady Memorial Hospital will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 8. The four-story, 68,000 square foot building is located across the street from the hospital at the historic intersection of Armstrong Street and Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, site of Atlanta's first medical school, which became the original site for Emory University School of Medicine in 1915.

The location of the city's first medical school was the critical factor in location of the original Grady Hospital at the same site.

"This badly needed new office building reflects the longstanding commitment of Emory to Grady and to the community Grady serves," says Emory School of Medicine Dean Thomas J. Lawley. "It provides room for the dedicated Emory physicians who work at Grady, as well as improved space for medical education for our students and residents --- the future physicians for the state of Georgia and beyond."

The $15 million building was built with funds from Emory University, Emory University School of Medicine, and the Emory Medical Care Foundation (the non-profit organization through which money earned at Grady through patient care by Emory faculty is reinvested into programs to benefit Grady).

The new building provides badly needed office space for some of the 539 Emory School of Medicine faculty physicians (304 FTE's) who spend all or part of their time at Grady. The faculty physicians provide patient care and oversee 377 residents (young physicians learning specialty medicine) who help provide clinical care for 805,000 patient visits handled by Emory and Morehouse School of Medicine physicians at Grady each year.

The upper three floors of the building include 160 faculty offices plus 81 cubicles for administrative staff. For many of the Emory faculty physicians the move into the new facility will be welcome relief from cramped quarters in clinical space within the hospital, or from shared offices in the Glenn Memorial, Steiner and Woodruff buildings on the Grady campus. The second floor has offices for general pediatrics, neonatology and child psychology, while the third floor will be occupied by neurology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, psychiatry, and radiology. The fourth floor houses general internal medicine, endocrinology, and nephrology.

"This building has long been awaited and is absolutely essential to Emory's teaching on the Grady campus," says Dr. William R. Sexson, associate dean for clinical affairs at Grady and a leading neonatologist. "The availability of adequate office space for many of our faculty and staff is refreshing, and the addition of the new teaching space will also contribute to a positive environment for Emory faculty and students on the Grady campus."

The first floor of the building is dedicated entirely to education, with five classrooms, a computer laboratory, medical student and resident lounge space, and a significant amount of space dedicated to training students to take patient histories and perform exams, using standardized clinical encounters involving locally trained actors. The curriculum is designed to enhance students' skills in patient communication.

A display on one of the first floor walls traces the evolution of the Emory University School of Medicine, which dates back to 1854, and the commitment to Grady that dates back to the hospital's founding in 1892.

In addition to Dean Lawley, speakers at the dedication will include Ben Johnson, Chair of the Emory University Board of Trustees; Emory University President James W. Wagner; Dr. Michael M.E. Johns, executive vice president for health affairs and CEO of The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center; and Dr. Erica Brownfield, an assistant professor of medicine who works at Grady. Senior medical student Tamajah Gibson will give the invocation.

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