March 2, 2011


State of the WHSC: Ready for the future

The challenges of a major recession, Congressional and state budget cuts, and the uncertainty of health care reform have forced the health sciences at Emory to pause for recovery for the past few years, but Interim Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Wright Caughman is setting his sights on the future with confidence.

"A few years ago we had great plans and aspirations. We were moving forward with new construction, programs and facilities. The external environment forced us to step back and take a pause, but we've weathered that storm," he said at the State of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center address.  "Even though there are still challenges ahead of us, I'm absolutely confident and determined that we can do remarkable things in the future."

In his Feb. 24 address, Caughman highlighted not only achievements of the past year, but also ambitious plans for moving forward, including the construction of a new health sciences research building in partnership with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and a plan for the renovation and expansion of health care programs and facilities on both the Clifton Road and Midtown campuses.

Speaking of the facilities plan, Caughman said, "If we're truly to serve humanity by improving health, the patients who need us must be able to access our distinctive programs and services. This investment in our core campus facilities will allow us to deliver academic health science at its very best to all the people we serve."

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