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August 22, 2018

Setting priorities for our future 2018-2022

Collaborate. Innovate. Serve. These actions underpin the Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) strategic plan, Setting Priorities for Our Future 2018-2022. The product of more than 18 months of hard work on the part of some 250 stakeholders, the plan is designed to be a roadmap for achievement in research, education, and clinical care delivery over the next several years. Its goals and strategies support and align with those of the Emory University strategic plan, which is scheduled to launch soon, and will support the realization of our shared vision for the future of the institution.

Soon you will see banners going up near health sciences facilities on the Emory campus and beyond, and we’ve also launched a dedicated website describing in detail the plan's five themes and specific strategies and tactics for achieving them. The site features articles and videos illustrating the ways in which we're already making headway, as well as links to relevant events and opportunities for you to become involved and provide input as we move forward. We will update the site regularly, and we welcome your suggestions for new stories and projects that show our ongoing progress.

I deeply appreciate all who have helped to develop this exciting strategic plan, but their work is only the beginning. The plan was developed by and for the people of WHSC, and we can only achieve it with your engagement and guidance. I invite you to explore the website and learn more about the plan and then to share your ideas and feedback with us. I look forward to hearing from you!

Meeting expansion-related needs at EUH Midtown

Anyone who has been to Emory University Hospital Midtown lately has likely seen and heard signs of ongoing pervasive construction. "We're working to keep up with a surging patient population," says CEO Dan Owens. Over the past four years, inpatient admissions have increased by 7.0%, emergency department visits by 4.1%, and baby deliveries by 38%. In response, EUHM is adding 54 medical/surgical beds, 15 adult ICU beds, 12 mother/baby beds, and 12 neonatal ICU beds as well as expanding the emergency room, operating room space and observation area, women’s health services, and more.

The growth trend in patient and staff numbers will increase in coming months, says Owens. Half of a $400 million gift to Emory from the Woodruff Foundation, which was announced earlier this year, will be used to build a new state-of-the-art Winship Cancer Institute tower at EUHM, providing urgently needed infusion facilities, ORs, clinical examination rooms, spaces for rehabilitation, imaging technology, and clinical research capacity. This new facility is expected to bring 750 to 1,000 new physicians, nurses, and staff to the EUHM campus.

In addition, EUHM will soon be one of two primary hospitals for Kaiser Permanente patient members and physicians, along with Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital. Beginning October 23, 75-plus Kaiser patients per day are expected to be admitted to the Midtown facility, with some 275 Kaiser physicians coming to care for them. The additional patients mean hiring additional Emory employees.

With all this growth, Owens and other leaders are working to address the increasingly urgent need for more parking for patients and staff at EUHM.

According to Owens, the hospital owns one parking deck, the Summit Deck, which currently is used by patients, visitors, and employees. Over the years, he says, some employees have been assigned to park in that deck because of increasingly limited space in public lots or decks that the hospital leases. "We'd like to see the Summit Deck be dedicated once again to patients and visitors, as originally planned," he says.

The hospital's leadership team has drawn up plans to build a 3,000-space parking deck on its property at the corner of West Peachtree Street and Linden Avenue, solely for staff parking. "This deck will provide one location for staff to park, rather than the many surface lots and parking decks they currently use. We want to move traffic off Peachtree and Linden, and we believe the deck will help do that," says Owens. "With EUHM no longer needing to lease these flat lots, they could be made available for development.

"We are strongly committed to being a market leader in commute-alternative benefits, and we actively encourage employees and physicians to use public transit to get to work. But we are a 24-7 operation, and that option isn’t accessible for everyone," he adds.

The team is in the process of presenting its case for the employee deck before design review boards and committees within the City of Atlanta. The goal is to highlight why this parking structure is so important for employees, patients, and visitors at EUHM and how it can help improve traffic flow in an already busy metro area.—Janet Christenbury

ENPDC lead nurse planner Rose Murphree. Inset: Carolyn Clevenger, Noreen Barnard

Nursing school and Emory Healthcare partner to provide CNE

Every two years, Georgia RNs must complete 30 contact hours of continuing nursing education (CNE) to renew their license. The Emory Nursing Professional Development Center (ENPDC) is making that goal easier to accomplish.

A partnership of the School of Nursing and Emory Healthcare (EHC) Nursing Education, the ENPDC is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and jointly led by Carolyn Clevenger (School of Nursing) and Noreen Bernard (EHC). Their goal: to centralize and expand CNE activities for EHC and other nurses.

In 2017, the ENPDC held 105 CNE activities, providing 1,013 contact hours to 3,217 RNs from Georgia and across the country. Another 1,422 professionals (MDs, MSWs, PTs, and others) also participated.

The ENPDC was born out of necessity in 2015, when the Georgia Nurses Association stopped accrediting CNE courses, prompting SON and EHC nursing education leaders to devise an in-house solution. "Without the ENPDC, we would have to submit our paperwork to another nursing association in South Carolina, Alabama, or Florida for CNE approval," says SON faculty member and ENPDC lead nurse planner Rose Murphree.

A pillar of the ENPDC is the longstanding Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Education Center, which offers onsite and distance-learning options for nurses seeking certification in one or all aspects of WOC care. Led by Murphree, the center awarded certificates to 217 nurses from the U.S. and Canada in 2017.

The ENPDC's offerings are growing, notes Clevenger. Last year, the center began creating new content, starting with an online course in pain management. This year, the ENPDC is working with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to create an online course for their nurses. As ENPDC offerings grow, new staff are being hired in business and marketing, program coordination, and instructional design. In time, the International Council of Nurses will help link nurses around the globe to ENPDC programs.

Bernard, EHC VP for professional nursing practice, sees great value in what the ENPDC offers. "It's a great one-stop source for nursing professionals to get the education they need locally, nationally, and internationally for certified CNE contact hours."--Pam Auchmutey

More AAAN fellows than any other institution

Emory had more nurses named to the American Academy of Nursing's 2018 class of fellows than any other institution. Emory also has one of the highest concentrations of AAN fellows in a single health system in the nation. The new fellows include Dian Evans, Anne Fitzpatrick, Lisa Muirhead, Twilla Locklear-Haynes, Mary Still, and Canhua Xiao. Congratulations to these outstanding nursing faculty.
In brief
Preparing for Magnet site visit
Emory University Hospital staff welcomed Magnet surveyors for four days earlier this month, as they prepared for recertification of the hospital's Magnet status, which happens every four years. The hospital received Magnet status in 2014. Watch a video they produced in anticipation of the visit.
$13M for stem cell trials for osteoarthritis
Along with several other organizations, the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center recently received a $13 million grant from the Marcus Foundation for a multicenter clinical trial studying various stem cell options to treat osteoarthritis. Read more.
US News rankings
For the seventh consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Emory University Hospital No. 1 in Georgia and Atlanta. Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital ranked No. 2 in both Georgia and Atlanta, while EUH Midtown ranked No. 10 in Georgia and No. 7 in Atlanta. Read more.
GRA Vaccine Center video

Did you know that the Emory Vaccine Center
- is the largest such center at a university in the world?
- will hit the $1 billion mark in 2018 in outside funding brought to Georgia?

Watch a new video produced by the Georgia Research Alliance.

Scott Boden, who has served as interim chair of Orthopaedics since February, has been named chair of the department.

Christine Dunham received the Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Burke Garrett recently joined the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program as executive adviser.

In October, Jonathan Glass will receive the Steve Ennis Hope Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association for his work in ALS research.

Ashesh Jani will be named a fellow of the American Society for Radiation Oncology in October.

Omer Kucuk has been named the Correll Chair in Genitourinary Cancer. 

Vanessa Lee was one of 15 people appointed to the AAALAC International Ad Hoc Consultant Pool, which includes some 400 experts who assist AAALAC Council members with 300+ site visits per year worldwide.

Hui-Kuo Shu will be named a fellow of the American Society for Radiation Oncology in October.

Ram Subramanian was named a 2018 Best EMBA by EmoryBusiness.com

Doug Taylor was elected vice president of AALAS.

Sept. 12: 1st Annual WHEA Symposium, Transforming Healthcare Through Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice. 8:30-2:30, Emory Conference Center Hotel. More info and register.

Oct. 10: 2018 State of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Jonathan S. Lewin. 4:30, WHSCAB auditorium. Reception to follow.

Oct. 13: 8th Annual Winship Win the Fight 5K. 8:30, Quadrangle, Emory University campus. More info.

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