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Constructive Culture

Our goal is to be the best place to work, continuously learn, and grow for individuals and the health sciences center community


  • Cultivate our leaders to build a constructive, diverse, and inclusive culture 
  • Adopt the WHSC Pledge as the foundation of our culture
  • Strengthen recognition of excellence and enhance work/life quality to promote professional joy


  • Define clear expectations of our leaders
  • Provide tools and resources to train leaders and leverage leadership best practices 
  • Enhance communication and connectivity between units to make it easier for people to network 
  • Adapt the principles of the WHSC Board-approved Pledge to incorporate faculty, staff, and learners
  • Leverage data from engagement surveys to identify key opportunities to improve culture and work environments

Constructive Culture is the foundation of who we are as a WHSC community and an enabler of success for all our strategic plan themes. Constructive Cultures are characterized by strong engagement, teamwork, collaboration, and inclusion, and leads to professional joy. An engaged team member has a strong connection to one’s work and colleagues, feels like a real contributor, and enjoys ample chances to learn. Professional joy is defined as doing purpose-driven work with a trusted team.

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Examples of Constructive Culture

Congratulations to Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital (ESJH) is the first community hospital and one of only three hospitals in the world to achieve its sixth consecutive Magnet designation.

Emory Healthcare recognized as emerging champion for School at Work program for frontline health care employees
Emory Healthcare has been recognized as a 2019 CareerSTAT Frontline Healthcare Worker Emerging Champion for its School at Work (SAW) program for frontline health care staff.

Congratulations to the WLA Class of 2019
Congratulations to the members of the 2019 class of the Woodruff Leadership Academy, who completed their WLA program in April.

Reducing Harm from Alarms
How one ICU dealt with the cacophony of monitor alarms.

Emory's Compassion-Centered Spiritual Health 
With a deep focus on compassion, inspired by that of Tibetan monks, Emory introduces a new initiative called Compassion-Centered Spiritual Health or CCSH.

Importance of nurse mentoring
The 12-month Emory Nurse Peer Mentoring Program targets Emory Healthcare nurses at all levels of practice and leadership.

Blankets, scrubs, pillow cases, and more
Emory Healthcare's Laundry and Linen Services handles more than 600,000 pounds of laundry every month.

Partners in ambulatory care
A school and a health system join forces to train future nurses

Holding Each Other Accountable: The Pledge (PDF) 

Magnet® Designated Hospitals
Emory Healthcare is the only system in Georgia with three Magnet-designated hospitals.

Woodruff Leadership Academy
Woodruff Leadership Academy taps expertise throughout health sciences to achieve organizational vision.

Executive Sponsors (Implementation Team)

WHSC Strategic Plan