June 7, 2004

Employee Council visits Grady's newest building


By Eric Rangus

Employee Council held its May 19 meeting in the Faculty Office Building, the newest addition to the Grady campus. More than 20 council members were greeted by William Sexson, associate dean for clinical affairs in the School of Medicine.

Sexson detailed the background of Grady Hospital’s relationship with Emory. Eighty percent of its doctors are affiliated with the University, and 500 Emory employees work at the hospital. In all, around 1,000 Emory faculty, staff and medical students are stationed at Grady. The council last met at Grady in October 2002, and following the meeting council members were given a tour of the Faculty Office Building, which opened in April.

Past president Bill McBride discussed a service opportunity co-sponsored by the council’s servant leadership initiative and EmoryGives. The trip, open to the entire Emory community, is Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m.–noon. Volunteers will visit the Atlanta Union Mission to prepare sandwiches for the men’s shelter community kitchen and also read to the children at the mission. The mission is a nondenominational Christian ministry that provides addiction recovery and emergency services to more than 1,000 men, women and children every day. McBride said anyone interested in taking part should contact council representatives or the mission’s Sally Bland at

Special issues chair Susie Lackey said several Grady employees in attendance had asked about opening an Emory Federal Credit Union kiosk at the hospital. Past president Susan Cook-Prince said this is not a new request, but added the council could revisit the issue.

Communications chair Melodye Moore reported her committee continues to work on the fall information fair, which will be held at Grady, and said the annual Presidential Town Hall might remain in November. Previous town halls had been held in September, but 2003’s event was pushed back two months to accommodate President Jim Wagner, who started Sept. 1. Moore said holding the event later in the semester proved to be beneficial because issues that arose at the start of the school year were in better focus.

The final Employee Council meeting of the year will be Wednesday, June 16, at noon
in Woodruff Library’s Jones Room.


If you have a question for Employee Council, send e-mail to President Don Newsome at dnewsom@emory.edu.