Emory Report
February 9, 2009
Volume 61, Number 19



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February 9
, 2009
Celebrate the opening of orthopaedics hospital

James R. Roberson is chair of Emory’s Department of Orthopaedics.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, Feb. 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., when all Emory employees and family members are invited to a special dedication ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of Emory’s newest hospital — Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital at 1455 Montreal Road in Tucker.

We’ve got a packed schedule of activities planned. Highlights will include:

• Hors d’oeuvres and entertainment.

• Guided hospital tours of the six-story, 45-bed, 208,000-square-foot facility featuring six surgical operating rooms and specially designed private suites or family suites.

• A ribbon cutting and opening ceremony featuring speeches by Emory Healthcare senior leadership and special guests.

Join us for a close-up look at the only dedicated orthopaedics and spine hospital in Atlanta and the first university-affiliated surgical facility of its kind in Georgia. Combining the focused shop benefits of a dedicated orthopaedics and spine hospital with all the attributes of a major university medical center gives patients access to a higher level of care. This translates to more optimal outcomes and quicker recovery times than general hospitals as well as an increase in overall quality, patient safety and satisfaction and care ratings.

The hospital was designed with the patient in mind. In fact, a group of doctors, nurses and patients were instrumental in designing the facility, defining its services, and shaping its patient- and family-centered care policies.

Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, opened in September 2008, is an extension of Emory University Hospital. The state-of-the-art hospital is staffed exclusively by experienced Emory physicians who perform some of the most advanced orthopaedics and spine surgery in the world, some procedures available only at this facility.

It’s a special place for patients requiring surgical care on an inpatient basis – from hip and knee replacement to spine surgery. We’re a global leader in providing advanced treatments for patients with orthopaedic and sports medicine injuries, including cutting edge alternatives for management of the arthritic hip.

Emory University doctors are using a new technique to repair rotator cuff injuries, called “double-row” arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, that allows them to heal more dependably, resulting is less likelihood of re-injury. Shoulder surgeons employ a fiber optic camera, or arthroscope, to perform rotator cuff repair. Arthroscopic re-pairs require more surgical skill, but significantly smaller incisions, making the recovery less painful and potentially shorter than with the traditional “open” technique.

Come see where the players go ­— to Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital. To find out more about Emory’s orthopaedic and spine services, call 404-778-7777 or visit www.emoryortho.com. To RSVP to the grand opening, call Emory HealthConnection at 404-778-7777.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about our unique service offerings and find out how Emory Healthcare has redefined what a hospital can be. I look forward to seeing you there.