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Media Contact: Amy Comeau 28 November 2006    
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Emory's School of Nursing Names Susan Grant Assistant Dean for Clinical Leadership
Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN, dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, announced the appointment of Susan Mitchell Grant, MS, RN, CNAA, BC, as the school's first Assistant Dean for Clinical Leadership. In this newly created position, Grant will provide leadership for and further develop the school's clinical programs.

As Assistant Dean for Clinical Leadership, Grant will focus on building the collaborative partnership between the school and Emory Healthcare, where she serves as Chief Nursing Officer. "With Susan's appointment our collaboration with Emory Healthcare has taken its next exciting step forward," says Dean Salmon. "She comes to Emory and our school with an outstanding record of leadership in nursing and a proven background in building bridges between clinical and academic environments."

"The backbone of every health care organization is its nursing staff, and it is more critical than ever to educate and develop talented nurses," says Grant. "The partnership between Emory Healthcare and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is a prime example of how education, research and clinical services work in lockstep with one another. I look forward to positioning Emory as a top destination for the recruitment of talented nursing students and for seasoned nursing professionals."

Grant recently was named chief nursing officer for Emory Healthcare, and took over her post on August 24. Before joining Emory, she served as senior associate administrator for patient care services and chief nursing officer at the University of Washington Medical Center, where she was responsible for organization-wide nursing practice and patient care services; and as assistant dean for practice at the University of Washington School of Nursing (Seattle). Grant successfully led the University of Washington Medical Center through two American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet designations, as well as the implementation of an organization-wide patient and family advisory program. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia; a master's degree in psychiatry and community mental health nursing from the University of South Carolina, and she is a Certified Nurse Administrator Advanced (CNAA).

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University is recognized as a leader in the preparation of students for beginning and advanced practice nursing. Graduates of the school's programs are at the forefront in leadership, serving as role models for excellence in nursing practice throughout the world. The School of Nursing is committed to improving care and nursing leadership through its key values of scholarship, leadership and social responsibility. To learn more, visit or call 404-727-7980.

Emory Healthcare is the clinical arm of the Emory University Woodruff Health Sciences Center. As the largest, most comprehensive health care system in Georgia, Emory Healthcare includes The Emory Clinic, Emory Children's Center, Emory Medical Affiliates, Emory Specialty Associates, Dialysis Access Center of Atlanta, Emory Genetics Laboratory, Emory Medical Foundation, Emory Physical Therapy, Emory University Hospital, Emory Crawford Long Hospital, Wesley Woods Center, the jointly owned Emory-Adventist Hospital, and the jointly-owned Emory Johns Creek Hospital. Emory Healthcare has revenues of $1.5 billion and approximately 10,000 employees.

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