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Media Contact: Lance Skelly 10 April 2006
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Emory Healthcare Named Official Health Care Provider for FORD Tour de Georgia
For the second straight year, Emory Healthcare has been named the official health care provider for the Ford 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 again be joined by Emory's world-class physicians and nurses providing healthcare to the participants.

"We are honored to once again partner with the Ford Tour de Georgia, which quickly has become one of the world's greatest athletic events challenging the human body and spirit," said Michael M.E. Johns, M.D., CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory University and chairman of Emory Healthcare. "By providing an experienced and dedicated team of medical professionals, Emory Healthcare is able to demonstrate our commitment to what has become one of the state's most anticipated annual events, and these efforts closely complement our guiding mission of making people healthy."

The Tour de Georgia will begin in Augusta, Ga. on Tuesday, April 18 and culminate the 650-plus miles of racing with its grand finale in Alpharetta, Ga. on Sunday, April 23. The six-day, six-stage race will return to the Georgia communities of Macon, Fayetteville, Rome, Dalton, Dahlonega, Blairsville/Union County, Brasstown Bald Mountain/Towns County, and Alpharetta as Host Cities for official stage start and finish lines. New Host Cities for 2006 include Chickamauga/Walker County, Ga., Chattanooga, Tenn., and Cumming/Forsyth County, Ga.

"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," said Douglas Lowery, MD, associate professor and vice chair of clinical operations for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. "We have assembled a team of health care providers who understand the unique needs of these athletes and we're prepared for the special challenges associated with a race of this magnitude."

Medical staff members will wear special apparel with Emory branding to inform cyclists and spectators of the medical support available when needed. Emory will also have a medical "suite" at each host city hotel for cyclists to receive special medical attention during non-racing hours. Additionally, Emory has also accepted the difficult task of handling the air medical response team for emergency health situations. One additional area of support that the Emory staff will provide cyclists this year as opposed to previous Tour de Georgia races will be an additional doctor at the end of the various pelotons (the main field or pack of riders in the stage of a race.) "We want to provide medical support to all of the cyclists, not just the lead riders of a stage," said Dr. Lowery. "The potential for accidents in this high level cycling race are high for all participants and we want to help all the injured in the quickest and most efficient way possible. The additional doctor to help the back cyclists will help us do this." The services provided by Emory Healthcare will ensure that the racers will not only have the opportunity to participate in the premier annual North American professional cycling stage race, they will have the best physical condition support during a race that is certain to expose participants to a wide range of weather and terrain elements.

"We took care of a large variety of problems last year -- ranging from dehydration to hypothermia," said Keith Borg, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine in the Emory University School of Medicine and this year's Tour medical director.

Media Contact: Lance Skelly 10 April 2006
  lance.skelly@emory.edu    
  (404) 686-8538   Print  | Email ]
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Emory Healthcare Named Official Health Care Provider for FORD Tour de Georgia
For the second straight year, Emory Healthcare has been named the official health care provider for the Ford 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 again be joined by Emory's world-class physicians and nurses providing healthcare to the participants.

"We are honored to once again partner with the Ford Tour de Georgia, which quickly has become one of the world's greatest athletic events challenging the human body and spirit," said Michael M.E. Johns, M.D., CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory University and chairman of Emory Healthcare. "By providing an experienced and dedicated team of medical professionals, Emory Healthcare is able to demonstrate our commitment to what has become one of the state's most anticipated annual events, and these efforts closely complement our guiding mission of making people healthy."

The Tour de Georgia will begin in Augusta, Ga. on Tuesday, April 18 and culminate the 650-plus miles of racing with its grand finale in Alpharetta, Ga. on Sunday, April 23. The six-day, six-stage race will return to the Georgia communities of Macon, Fayetteville, Rome, Dalton, Dahlonega, Blairsville/Union County, Brasstown Bald Mountain/Towns County, and Alpharetta as Host Cities for official stage start and finish lines. New Host Cities for 2006 include Chickamauga/Walker County, Ga., Chattanooga, Tenn., and Cumming/Forsyth County, Ga.

"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," said Douglas Lowery, MD, associate professor and vice chair of clinical operations for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. "We have assembled a team of health care providers who understand the unique needs of these athletes and we're prepared for the special challenges associated with a race of this magnitude."

Medical staff members will wear special apparel with Emory branding to inform cyclists and spectators of the medical support available when needed. Emory will also have a medical "suite" at each host city hotel for cyclists to receive special medical attention during non-racing hours. Additionally, Emory has also accepted the difficult task of handling the air medical response team for emergency health situations. One additional area of support that the Emory staff will provide cyclists this year as opposed to previous Tour de Georgia races will be an additional doctor at the end of the various pelotons (the main field or pack of riders in the stage of a race.) "We want to provide medical support to all of the cyclists, not just the lead riders of a stage," said Dr. Lowery. "The potential for accidents in this high level cycling race are high for all participants and we want to help all the injured in the quickest and most efficient way possible. The additional doctor to help the back cyclists will help us do this." The services provided by Emory Healthcare will ensure that the racers will not only have the opportunity to participate in the premier annual North American professional cycling stage race, they will have the best physical condition support during a race that is certain to expose participants to a wide range of weather and terrain elements.

"We took care of a large variety of problems last year -- ranging from dehydration to hypothermia," said Keith Borg, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine in the Emory University School of Medicine and this year's Tour medical director.



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