Exemplary Service in Extraordinary Times
|Dr. Jonathan Lewin|
The COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 a year unlike any other, yet one thing remained steadfast: the people of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center’s ongoing commitment to provide superior health care, research, and education to those we serve.
Our frontline medical teams have more than risen to the challenge—facing COVID-19 with remarkable skill and fortitude, as well as ensuring that all patients receive our highest, most compassionate standard of care. During one of the most challenging times in the history of modern health care, I have had the privilege of seeing every day our team’s expertise, ingenuity, and limitless well of compassion—particularly in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the difficulties of continuing their work during the spring 2020 shutdown and often having to do more with less, our research teams brought in record-breaking awards and propelled Emory into the top tier of universities nationwide in terms of COVID-19 research funding. Through their lifesaving work, we have seen the concept of community take on a different and more expansive meaning this year as Emory’s COVID-19 research continues to benefit people not only locally but across the state, country, and world.
Our educators rapidly innovated and adapted to new models of learning to provide our students the first-rate instruction they expect from Emory while protecting their safety and that of our community.
I am so grateful to our faculty, staff, and students for their dedication to providing exemplary service in extraordinary times, and I am optimistic that 2021 will be a brighter year for us all.
Jonathan S. Lewin, MD
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Emory University
Executive Director, Woodruff Health Sciences Center
CEO and Chair of the Board, Emory Healthcare
Sustaining a Vision for the Community
Robert W. Woodruff—the health sciences center’s namesake and longtime leader of The Coca-Cola Company—dedicated his life to supporting the community, and his legacy lives on in the work this report describes.