Healthy Growth

Buildings in the health sciences 175 Things You Should Know about Emory

64. Healthy Growth

The last two decades brought big changes for Emory Healthcare and the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, as research became more collaborative and federal funding increased nearly six-fold. Emory’s extensive clinical enterprise was consolidated into Emory Healthcare, and more than 10 new facilities sprang up, including the new James B. Williams Medical Education Building, Emory-Children’s Center, Whitehead Biomedical Research Building, Grace Crum Rollins Building, Claudia Nance Rollins Building, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing building, Winship Cancer Institute building, Emory Vaccine Center and neurosciences building at Yerkes, and Emory University Hospital Midtown medical office tower.

65. Leaps and Bounds

Three Emory hospitals made tremendous leaps in national quality rankings in 2011. Of 101 academic medical centers ranked by the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) for quality and safety, Emory Hospital and Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital jumped to 10th (up from 45th in 2010) and Emory Midtown was ranked 11th (up from 42nd in 2010). Emory Healthcare is the largest, most comprehensive health care system in Georgia, with 11,682 employees providing more than 2.9 million outpatient services and 54,662 hospital admissions last year.

A medical student with a patient.

101. Future Doctors

Emory’s School of Medicine in 2007 phased in a bold new curriculum—coinciding with the completion of a $55-million medical education building—that flipped the traditional medical education model on its head. Instead of approaching disease from the molecular level up, first-year students start with case studies and clinical experience with real patients.

103. Howdy, Partner

From the Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute to the top-ranked Wallace Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Emory has numerous links and partnerships with its Atlanta neighbor to the south, the Georgia Institute of Technology—including our status as the alma mater of Georgia Tech’s first president, Isaac Hopkins 1859C, and a later Tech president, Marion Luther Brittain 1886C.

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