Emory Report

 September 22, 1997

 Volume 50, No. 5

New Clinic facility opens
in bustling North Fulton

The largest, most comprehensive component of The Emory Clinic outside the Emory campus opened Sept. 14 at the State Bridge Office Park near the Chattahoochee River. The 80,000-square-foot, free-standing facility initially will house more than 20 specialists and 10 full-time primary care physicians.

"The Emory Clinic North is the only facility completely designed and built to provide a full array of primary, specialty and diagnostic services for The Emory Clinic," said Clinic director Rein Saral. "This facility marks the first time we have moved a full range of our well-known specialist physicians off campus and into the community."

Emory North physicians will offer primary care in the areas of internal medicine, occupational medicine, gynecology-obstetrics and pediatrics. The facility's combination of primary and specialty care can be seen "as an important extension of the health care centers that have developed across greater metropolitan Atlanta since the Clinic began its off-campus expansion four years ago," said William Winkenwerder Jr., Emory Healthcare vice president for primary care. "This partnership will allow for a seamless communication between physicians and specialists, ensuring patients the best care possible."

The clinic will have specialists in the fields of cardiology, neurology, general surgery, orthopedics, orthopedic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, gastroenterology (including endoscopy services), surgical oncology, medical oncology with infusion services, psychiatry, dermatology, dermatologic surgery, urology, otolaryngology, and specialty gynecological services including infertility, oncology and urogynecology.

The new clinic will serve a vital and growing area for residential and commercial activity. Located in north Fulton County, it is a convenient drive from Gwinnett, Forsyth, Cobb and Cherokee counties and is accessible from I-85, Ga. 400 and 141.

"We are proud to be bringing some of the finest specialists from the Emory system into this community," said Penny Castellano, director of Emory Clinic North. "We will combine this convenience with other advantages Emory has to offer. The result is that our patients will have easy access to nationally recognized experts in almost every field of medicine."

The facility will also include a full-service laboratory, dispensing pharmacy, comprehensive cardiology services and digital radiology-a breakthrough method of "filmless" X-ray technology. This process will allow radiologists to send X-ray images electronically to all of a patient's consulting physicians simultaneously. It also makes X-rays more accessible and more transferable for patients and their doctors.

The Emory Clinic North will have a full-service diagnostic imaging center that will include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography and nuclear medicine imaging.

EmoryNorth will operate Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-Traci Simmons

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