Recent changes in the EHC organizational structure
In a memo last month to all Emory Healthcare staff, EVPHA Jon Lewin outlined recent changes to the EHC architecture, including changes and additions to the EHC org chart. He emphasized that such changes are needed to help EHC succeed in the new world of health care, in which EHC must do the following:
- Be strategic, yet nimble.
- Be more responsive to the needs of our patients and their families, to our community, and to the changing market.
- Secure our position as a unique, indispensable academic health system.
- Create an engaging work and learning environment for our employees, students, and trainees.
- Push the boundaries of what is possible through the integration and alignment of our missions.
He described the organizational changes as minor and focused on bringing together like functions so they may work together for the benefit of the system. These changes include a few reporting relationships, with the purpose of bringing better alignment and integration.
Key changes include the following:
- Co-Chiefs, Clinical Operations dyad (Ira Horowitz as interim and Dane Peterson): These two roles ensure synergy between our hospitals and physician group practices and more formally codify the collaboration and accountabilities necessary to achieve our clinical integration goals.
- Chief Innovations & Population Health Officer dyad (Patrick Hammond and TBD): These two roles ensure a strong connection between the Emory Healthcare Network, new care delivery models, market services, and clinical information and will play a critical role in transforming our operational approach to population health, care management, and provider alignment.
- Chief Patient Safety Officer (Bill Bornstein): This role will be included in the current scope of our system Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer, linking to medical staff services, clinical effectiveness, risk, and the project management office.
- Chief Academic Officer (David Stephens as interim): This new role within EHC will focus on curriculum development for our students and driving excellence in patient care delivery and population health management by applying scientific discoveries.
- Chief Information Officer (Sheila Sanders as interim): This role will now report directly to the EVPHA to ensure that IT systems support overall system goals and needs.
- Chief Administrative Officer (Dane Peterson): This new role will work with a variety of EHC leaders to advance cost management, service excellence, and operational improvement initiatives within EHC. It will also oversee facilities/expansion for the system and marketing.
Note: The org chart above is not comprehensive and reflects only new roles and areas with changes in reporting.
Physicians, nurses, and researchers honored as health care heroes
|Robert Guyton, Zoher Kapasi, Subhadra Shashidharan
The Atlanta Business Chronicle selected WHSC faculty and staff as winners or finalists in all seven categories in its annual Health Care Heroes Awards competition.
Robert Guyton, director of cardiothoracic (CT) surgery, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to his field over a 37-year career at Emory. Under his guidance, Emory’s CT surgery program has achieved national recognition as one of the country’s top five programs in areas including off-pump coronary revascularization, congenital cardiac surgery, robotic mitral surgery, major aortic surgery, robotic-assisted coronary bypass, and transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
Guyton has influenced his field in other fundamental ways as well. For almost three decades, he has been responsible for the education of some of the most accomplished and successful CT surgeons in the country, participating in the training of more than 140 resident physicians. Emory's CT surgery residency program accounts for approximately 5% of all active cardiac surgeons in the country today.
Zoher Kapasi, director of physical therapy (PT), which is recognized as one of the top PT education programs in the country, was a winner in the Allied Health Profession category. His accomplishments include implementing the DPT-MBA program at Emory, advancing the first PT faculty clinical practice within the Emory Clinic, implementing the dual Emory/Georgia Tech DPT/PhD program, overseeing development of the first two residency programs for physical therapists at Emory (orthopaedics and neurology), collaborating with the Emory Center for Ethics to implement a DPT-Bioethics dual-degree program, and growing research funding more than five-fold.
Subhadra Shashidharan, pediatric CT surgery, was the winner in the Rising Star category. The first female CT surgeon at Children’s, she repairs heart defects in Atlanta's most fragile patients. "Dr. Shashidharan combines a steely determination to accept nothing but the very best for her patients with a calm, reassuring bedside manner, putting the most anxious parents at ease," says pediatric cardiologist William Mahle. Her clinical specialties are cardiac transplant, congenital heart surgery, pediatric cardiac surgery, and thoracic surgery. She handles approximately 200 surgical cases annually.
In addition to the three winners, the following were finalists:
- Barunashish Brahma, pediatric neurology (Physician category)
- Tim Buchman and Cheryl Hiddleson, critical care (Innovation category)
- June Connor, CNO, EUOSH (Nursing category)
- Matthew Klopman, anesthesiology (Rising Star category)
- Gina Lundberg, cardiology (Physician category)
Mark J. Mulligan, infectious disease (Community Outreach category)
2017 Georgia legislative session
|Kallarin R. Mackey
The 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly marked a successful year for health care at Emory. The legislature appropriated more than $5 million for programs within the WHSC, the bulk of which will go to developing the Georgia Alzheimer's Project within the Brain Health Center to increase access to consistent diagnosis around the state and connection to patient resources.
The legislature also appropriated funding for the Emory Autism Center to develop an adolescent-to-adult transition model that will streamline resources across the spectrum of educational, health, vocational, residential, family, and other relevant partners to improve outcomes for adults with autism.
Emory supported the protection of the certificate of need (CON) process this year and worked with others in the hospital industry to defeat five separate measures that attempted to weaken the program. Preservation of CON ensures the availability of adequate health care services to meet the needs of all Georgians.
Hospitals also saw the renewal of the Hospital Provider Payment Program through 2020, which will continue to allow the state to draw down additional Medicaid dollars by levying a fee on hospitals based on a percentage of their net patient revenue. The program began in 2010 and is estimated to be worth about $900 million in Medicaid funding.
The legislature sought to curb the abuse of opioid prescription drugs through physician use of the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Database (PDMP). Beginning January 1, 2018, physicians will be required to check the PDMP before issuing a prescription for certain Schedule II substances. The PDMP will be moved under the state Department of Public Health to assure that the system is fully operational.
Updates were made to the existing low-THC-oil law to add six conditions for the use of medical marijuana, including Alzheimer's and autism. Physician reporting is changed from quarterly to twice a year. Despite attempts to change the level of THC to 3%, the provision remains at the current 5%.
A number of provisions passed the legislature impacting nurses. Notably, the legislature approved a measure that allows Georgia to enter into the Nurse Licensure Compact. The bill also allows Georgia to enter into an EMS licensure compact. Finally, the number of advanced practice registered nurses that a physician can delegate authority to was increased from four to eight.
Legislation intended to curtail the practice of balance billing failed to receive final passage this year. The legislature will likely take up the issue again next session.
An indication of the other topics that the legislature will look at next session are the study committees they'll engage in over the months leading up to next year. Legislators interested in a particular topic can pass legislation to create a study committee, to be comprised of several members who will meet around three to four times with various experts and stakeholders on the issue. That study committee can then make legislative recommendations for the upcoming session. Leadership in both chambers have the discretion to appoint the study committee. The following committees are available for appointment this year:
- - Joint Study Committee on Reforming HIV Related Criminal Laws (HR 240)
- - Joint Transparency and Open Access in Government Study Committee (SR 130)
- - Senate Study Committee on Barriers to Georgians' Access to Adequate Healthcare (SR 188)
- - Senate Special Tax Exemption Study Committee (SR 222)
- - Senate Study Committee on Homelessness (SR 352)
- - Senate Rural Georgia Study Committee (SR 392)
- - Senate Stroke Trauma Center Study Committee (SR 412)
View a complete list of health care bills of interest to Emory that passed this session.
Emory Healthcare chosen to anchor sports medicine pavilion
Atlanta Sports City recently announced plans for a nearly 200-acre, multi-faceted sports and entertainment complex in Stonecrest and has selected Emory Healthcare and the Emory Sports Medicine Center to anchor its Sports Medicine Pavilion in the new development.
EHC was chosen in part because EHC physicians care for more professional athletes in Atlanta than any other group as the official team physicians of the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, and Atlanta Dream.
"Our collective vision for this partnership will establish on-site integration of multi-sport athletic competition and training with sports medicine diagnostic equipment, medical care, and sports medicine research," says Scott Boden, director of the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center. "We expect this to be a unique feature for an athlete or a parent deciding to visit Atlanta Sports City."
In addition to the Sports Medicine Pavilion, the development will include a Medical Office Health Park anchored by a multi-specialty Emory Clinic facility. Read more.