Emory Report
January 29, 2007
Volume 59, Number 17

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January 29 , 2007
Vision 2012: Transforming Health and Healing

What’s in a name, or in this case, a center?

The Woodruff Health Sciences Center is redefining the term “center,” making new investments in a number of specialty areas, with the goal of being a national leader in each. These new centers will be evaluated and funded further based on their ability to integrate research innovations that will help patients and create a model for patient-centered care that others throughout the country can follow.

Thus far, three centers have received initial funding for three years:

• Emory Transplant Center
• Emory Comprehensive Neuroscience Center
• Emory Heart and Vascular Center

A fourth center, the Center for Respiratory Health, is under consideration, and plans continue for support of the Winship Cancer Institute.

Each center’s progress will be assessed annually by the WHSC leadership team. The Centers will be evaluated based on their ability to do the following:

• create new models in which interprofessional and interdisciplinary teams work together to provide patient-centered care
• power the clinical models by innovative research that differentiates Emory from other academic health sciences centers
• integrate system-wide priorities and themes, including patient quality and safety, bioinformatics and predictive health.

Development of these centers is a primary strategy for the WHSC and demonstrates one way the WHSC can tie together patient care, research and education across Emory Healthcare, Yerkes, and the schools of medicine, nursing and public health. For more information about Vision 2012, visit http://whsc.emory.edu/vision2012_future.cfm.