Effective Jan. 1, 2003, Emory Healthcare (EHC) will become the
primary employer for all Emory-related health care entities, consolidating
the employees of the Emory Childrens Center, Emory Hospitals,
The Emory Clinic and Wesley Woods.
The new alignment will allow Emory Healthcare to better compete
with other health care systems while preserving its affiliation
with the University.
As a part of the One Emory Healthcare strategy,
all health care staff will be united under one employer: Emory Healthcare,
said John Henry, CEO of Emory Hospitals and Wesley Woods. This
change, as well as the recent appointment of John Fox as chief executive
officer of Emory Healthcare, is a part of our ongoing process to
integrate the health care system. The integration will help ensure
we provide our patients the very best health care because we will
be operating in the most cost-efficient and effective manner; and
it will help ensure we attract and keep the very best employees.
Beginning Jan. 1, EHC will:
Unite all employees under one health care system. All staff
of the childrens center, the clinic, the hospitals and Wesley
Woods will be united under Emory Healthcare. The method in which
employees deliver service to patients on a day-to-day basis will
remain the same.
Change the look of payroll checks. All health care staff
employees will receive checks with the EHC logo printed on them.
This change will not affect pay.
Consolidate the benefits program. EHC will move from four
different benefits programs to a single, restructured benefits program
for all health care staff. In addition to choosing from the same
medical, dental and vision benefits, eligible employees will be
able to receive consistent life insurance, disability, employee
education and retirement program benefits.
We are operating at a time like no other in the history of
the health care industry, just take a look at the local health care
market today, said Fox, EHC president and CEO. Gone
are the days of numerous hospitals that operate alone. In the Atlanta
health care market, there are five large health care systems that
operate in their place. Whats more, we are competing for the
same pool of talent.
These changes have not been made without the input of employees.
Last year, focus groups and meetings were conducted with senior
administrative leadership, directors/managers and frontline staff.
Employees consistently expressed their desire for a single benefits
package that would provide equity across the system.
The One Emory Healthcare strategy is a major
change, but it will have a positive impact on the health care system,
said Peg Bloomquist, associate administrator for Emory Hospitals.
The change will benefit patients and employees, as well as
help us manage various administrative costsa constant concern
in this tight market.
Employees will continue to receive additional information during
the next few months, including a series of newsletters titled Emory
Healthcare in Action.