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Gifts Fund Patient-Centered Care

Taking a holistic approach to patients with serious illness and their families, palliative care providers seek to improve quality of life by offering physical, spiritual, and psychological support. A leader in palliative care, Emory Healthcare is one of few health care systems to integrate palliative care into patient care. Recognizing the importance of this field, an anonymous donor has made a seven-year commitment to establish the Roxann Arnold Professorship in Palliative Medicine.

Along with many others, this donor is inspired by the opportunity to improve health care for Atlanta residents and patients throughout the world. Together, donors have given more than $259 million to support the translational research, patient-centered health care, and state-of-the-art facilities that distinguish Emory Healthcare. Top priorities for philanthropy at Emory Healthcare include the construction of the new Emory University Hospital Patient Care Tower on Clifton Road, supporting the Carlyle Fraser Heart Center at Emory University Hospital Midtown, and expanding the Emory University Hospital Emergency Department.

The new palliative care professorship will be awarded to Tammie E. Quest (pictured above), director of Emory’s Palliative Care Center and associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Honoring Roxann Arnold, director of patient financial services for Emory Healthcare, and her more than 37 years of dedicated service, this anonymous gift will support Quest’s work to alleviate suffering for patients with serious illness.

“Palliative care is the total, holistic support that we give to patients, families, and care givers who are experiencing serious illness. We focus on living every day to its fullest no matter the circumstances,” says Quest. “I am honored to be named the Roxann Arnold Professor, and I am humbled by the generosity that will enhance the work Emory does in palliative care to benefit our patients and their loved ones.”

The Roxann Arnold Professorship honors a valued member of the Emory Healthcare community and supports Quest’s vital work. Many grateful patients are giving back to Emory Healthcare by investing in patient-centered care.

Havertys gave $10,000 to Saint Joseph’s Hospital for nurses’ continuing education in memory of Clarence “Clancy” Haverty Ridley, a longtime hospital volunteer and board member. Clarence H. Smith, Havertys' chair, CEO, and president, says: “We are pleased and honored to make this gift to Saint Joseph's Hospital nursing continuing education in memory of our former chairman, Clarence Haverty Ridley. Clancy cared deeply about the mission of Saint Joseph's Hospital, and support of the nursing program was one of his highest priorities."

The Emory University Hospital Midtown Auxiliary and Emory University Hospital Auxiliary recently gave a combined $212,000 to their respective hospitals. Included in this total is $70,000 that the Emory University Hospital Midtown Auxiliary gave to expand the neonatal intensive care unit and to support maternity center patient and family services.

The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation has given more than $1.5 million to Wesley Woods Hospital and Budd Terrace Nursing Home in the course of the campaign. Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans and her family have been instrumental in transforming Emory into a leading medical center.

In keeping with their legacy of community leadership, Linton and June Bishop have made a planned gift to the Carlyle Fraser Heart Center. A co-founder of the heart center, Linton Bishop helped to develop it into one of the nation’s most innovative and comprehensive. June Bishop also played a key role at Emory University Hospital Midtown, serving as a founding member and longtime volunteer of the hospital’s auxiliary. The Bishops’ gift helps to ensure the heart center’s legacy of superb cardiology care.

With these and many other investments in Emory Healthcare, grateful patients and friends are supporting the highest quality health care, innovative research and programs, and state-of-the-art facilities.

To learn how you can support Emory Healthcare, call Ellen Sacchi, senior director of development, at 404.712.4152.