Emory Healthcare nurse and health care administrator June Connor has been named associate chief operating officer and associate chief nursing officer for Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital.
Connor has served Emory for more than 30 years in numerous capacities, including staff nurse, director of nursing for cardiology services, assistant administrator and as an instructor in Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. In her new role, Connor assumes responsibility for operations for all hospital departments and is responsible for the delivery of patient care and nursing practice.
"June has demonstrated outstanding leadership over the last year as she orchestrated the opening of Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital," says Emory Healthcare Chief Nursing Officer Susan Grant. "She worked hard and gotten the job done in partnership with a great team of individuals. "
Since 2002, Connor has served as assistant administrator of cardiac services for Emory Hospitals, where she has been responsible for cardiac service lines within Emory University Hospital and Emory Crawford Long Hospital. In 2008, Emory University Hospital was ranked 13th nationally for heart and heart surgery in the annual U.S. News & World Report guide to "America's Best Hospitals." Connor will maintain her responsibilities in cardiac services in addition to her new role.
John T. Fox, chief executive officer, Emory Healthcare says, "Clearly, June's strengths and accomplishments in clinical, administrative and operational areas made her the best candidate for this new position. Our new hospital is an extension of Emory University Hospital. June's thorough knowledge of both facilities is helping create what we think is the ideal patient and family experience and an outstanding environment for physicians and staff."
A Grayson, Ga., (Gwinnett County) resident, Connor earned a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing, from the College of St. Scholastic, Duluth, Minn., and a Master of Nursing from Emory University.
Fulfilling the challenge to meet the increasing demand for orthopaedics and spine care, Emory opened its new hospital on Sept. 16. Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital is staffed exclusively by Emory physicians, and provides complete MRI and radiology capabilities as well as on-site inpatient and outpatient physical therapy. Furnishings and furniture in the new facility are customized for total joint and spine patients, and there are newly appointed private suites (most private suites have a pullout bed for family members).
In addition to offering orthopaedics and spine services, Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital will offer general acute care services for patients with non-surgical needs. A team of Emory University Hospital-based physicians will diagnose and treat a wide variety of non-critical patient medical conditions, while providing a seamless link to all specialists located at other Emory hospitals.