Emory Saint Joseph’s Nurses are Amazing! Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital Receives Fifth Magnet® Designation!

Saint Joseph's Hospital Atlanta Magnet DesignationCongratulations to the team at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital who just received its fifth Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center! Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is one of only three hospitals – and the only community hospital — in the world to receive five consecutive designations.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital became the third hospital in the world to receive Magnet designation when it received its first designation in 1995. And, every four years since, the hospital has successfully achieved re-designation. While every designation is special in its own way, we like to think that our nurses live Magnet every day with every encounter. So, what does Magnet mean to you, our patients? Magnet designation means that:

  • We’re all in this together. Our nurses work in a collaborative environment and benefit from each other’s knowledge and breadth of experience.
  • Our nurses are the cream of the crop! Magnet facilities regularly attract and retain top nursing talent.
  • You can feel confident that you’re in good hands. The Magnet Recognition Program establishes standards of excellence which health care organizations like ours must attain and maintain.

We’re particularly proud that Emory Healthcare is the only health system in Georgia to have two hospitals designated as Magnet facilities – Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Emory University Hospital, which was recognized for the first time in January. Currently, there are fewer than 400 Magnet-designated facilities around the globe, and six of those are in the state of Georgia. We couldn’t be prouder of the hard work that our team has put in for years to get to this point!

We’d also like to thank all of our amazing nurses and nursing leaders for their perseverance and dedication on our road to Magnet designation. If you have an Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital nurse you’d like to give a special shout out to, let us know in the comments below!

Baked Kale Chips – Full of Heart-Healthy Benefits

kale-chipsKale has grown in popularity over the past few years, rising to superfood status. This nutritious leafy green hasn’t earned this without reason; kale has unique health benefits that set it apart from other raw vegetables. Here are a few amazing benefits that make kale such a superstar:

  1. Kale is full of antioxidants, particularly carotenoids and flavonoids, which help fight cancer. It also has anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, which can stop the development of arthritis and high blood pressure.
  2. Kale has high amounts of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which help boost the immune system. Vitamin A helps fight the production of DNA in cancerous cells, while Vitamin C helps prevent cardiovascular disease, eye disease, skin aging and prenatal health problems.
  3. Kale is also loaded with Vitamin K. This vitamin has been shown to help blood clot, and assists in several body functions like bone and eye health. It also can help prevent liver cancer.
  4. Kale is a good source of the nutrients calcium and iron. It actually contains more calcium than milk, calorie for calorie, and more iron than beef! Calcium and iron help prevent bone loss and osteoporosis, while maintaining a healthy metabolism and muscle and brain function.

To maximize these benefits the next time you feel peckish, try making this fast and easy recipe for Baked Kale Chips:


  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  •  ½ teaspoon of salt

*Yields 4-6 servings


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Rinse the kale well, and spin in a salad spinner. Make sure the leaves are dry by blotting them with paper towels or a clean dishtowel.
  • Remove the stems and tougher ribs of the leaves and cut/tear into large pieces.
  • Place these pieces in a large bowl and drizzle the tablespoon of olive oil over them. Massage the oil into the leaves, making sure they are completely covered. Sprinkle with salt.
  • Scatter the kale onto a baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes, or till the leaves are crisp to the touch but still dark green. They turn bitter when browned.

Nutritional Data Per Serving:

Calories: 55
Fat: 4 g
Carbohydrates: 5 g
Protein: 2 g
Sodium: 312 mg

*Recipe adapted from Gluten Free Girl and Smitten Kitchen by Kip Hardy, Food and Nutrition Services

Related Links:

Top Health Benefits of Kale, the Ultimate Superfood
Superfoods for a Super Diet!

Cancer: Understanding the Link Between Excess Weight and Cancer

overweightThe American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that one out of three cancer deaths in the U.S. is linked to excess body weight, a lack of physical activity, and/or poor nutrition. Body weight has the strongest effect on increasing cancer risk, and causes one out of five of all cancer deaths. This is at a time in which two out of three Americans are overweight.

Excess body weight and obesity have been linked with the following kinds of cancers:

  • Breast (especially in post-menopausal women)
  • Kidney
  • Colon and rectum
  • Endometrium (lining of the uterus)
  • Esophagus
  • Pancreas


The ACS also estimates that being overweight is likely to raise the risk of other cancers, ranging from cancer of the gallbladder, to aggressive forms of prostate cancer. Also, being overweight during childhood and young adulthood may put you at a higher risk of getting these cancers, possibly more so than gaining weight later in life.

The American Institute for Cancer Research explains why obesity can increase cancer risk. This is because body fat is not inactive mass. These fat cells produce the hormone estrogen, which in turn promotes cell growth – which boosts the spread of cancer. Additionally, they create proteins known to cause inflammation and insulin resistance, which can cause more cell growth and reproduction. Waist fat is the most active at producing these hormones and proteins. Apple-shaped people are at the highest risk of having these substances in their blood, causing high levels of cell division.

The good news is that this dangerous condition is mainly preventable. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight could possibly be the most effective and important way to prevent cancer!

Related Resources:

Moderating the Effects of Obesity on Liver Cancer Progression
Curbing Hormones’ Effects in Obese Patients Could Aid Against Breast Cancer

Cape Cod Fruit Salad – A Healthy Recipe Packed with Superfoods & Super Benefits!

fruit-saladWe’re currently in peak berry season, which allows us to take full advantage of the powerful nutritional benefits of berries like blueberries and cranberries! These range from brain-boosting effects, cancer prevention, and improving heart health. In addition, the American Institute of Cancer Research states that increasing the variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet can help prevent several kinds of cancer.

Blueberries and cranberries are low in fat and calories and are full of fiber. Here are a few health benefits they offer:

  1. These berries are packed with Vitamin C – almost a quarter of your daily value! Vitamin C helps form collagen and maintains healthy gums and a healthy immune system.
  2. Blueberries and cranberries can improve cardiovascular health because of their high content of anthocyanins and other anti-inflammatories. These are a type of flavonoid that can help prevent plaque and platelet build up, and can help reduce blood pressure.
  3. Cranberries and blueberries may also help prevent cancer because of the same anthocyanins that are good for your heart. Anthocyanins attack free radicals – which can cause cancer. They have even been shown to block the formation of tumor cells.
  4. Blueberries boost brain health, especially for memory and preventing cognitive decline with old age.
  5. Both prevent urinary tract infections, which might be what cranberries are best known for. They have a high level of proanthocyanidins that can stop bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract walls, fighting infection.

The Cape Cod Fruit Salad is a delicious way to incorporate both blueberries and cranberries in your diet, along with other healthy and delicious foods such as walnuts and grapes. They make a wonderful side dish to chicken, pork, or fish, and the taste improves overnight.


  • Two containers of fruit-at-the-bottom yogurt, strawberry is recommended
  • One Granny Smith Apple, diced
  • ½ cup walnut pieces
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup green, seedless grapes, cut in half
  • 1 pint of blueberries


  • Mix together and refrigerate. (Yields six ½ cup servings)

Nutritional Data Per Serving:

  • Calories: 200
  • Fat: 7.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 2.3 mg
  • Sodium: 34 mg


Related Resources:

Nutrition Month Facts: Fruits and Vegetables


  1. Schmidt BM, Erdman J, Lila M. Differential effects of blueberry proanthocyanidins on androgen sensitive and insensitive human prostate cancer cell lines. Cancer Letters. 2006.
  2. Cassidy A, Mukamal K, Liu L, Franz M, Eliassen H, Rimm E. High Anthocyanin Intake Is Associated With a Reduced Risk of Myocardial Infarction in Young and Middle-Aged Women. Circulation. 2013.
  3. World Cancer Research Fund, American Institute for Cancer Research. Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective. Washington DC: AICR, 2007.

What is Better for Cancer Prevention? Weights or Cardiovascular Exercise?

cardio-workoutShervin V. Oskouei, MD, Orthopedic Oncologist, Emory Orthopaedics & Spine
Shannon Kahn, MD, Radiation Oncologist, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital

For overall health, including cancer prevention, the most effective fitness plan incorporates both cardiovascular training and strength training. There are different benefits with the different exercises so it is ideal to plan your weekly workout routine with split between strength and cardiovascular. If you can workout more than 2 – 3 days of each activity each week, it is recommended.

Benefits of cardiovascular training
• Breathing harder and deeper increases amount of oxygen in the blood
• Heart, lungs, blood vessels work more efficiently with cardio exercises to transport oxygen through the body
• Burns calories – one hour of running burns approximately 600 calories in a average female and 750 calories in the average male

Benefits of strength training
• Increase muscle mass – you will be able to do activities longer after building muscle mass
• Maintain joint flexibility
• Increase bone density
• Manage your weight – Note that muscle burns more calories than fat. So if you have more muscle, your metabolism is likely to be higher and you are likely to be slimmer.

According to the National Institute of Health, obesity has been shown to increase the risk of the following cancer types:

• Esophagus
• Pancreas
• Colon and rectum
• Breast
• Endometrium
• Kidney
• Thyroid
• Gallbladder

All types of exercise can reduce the risk of cancer so if you can exercise 5 – 6 days a week for over 30 minutes a day, you are ahead of the game. And if you can’t make 30 minutes a day, start small by taking the stairs at work, doing some calisthenics when you wake up in the morning, go for a short bike ride with your children. Work it in when you can – your body will thank you for it!

Shervin OskoueiAbout Dr. Shervin Oskouei
Shervin V. Oskouei, MD, assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Emory University, is an expert in the treatment of musculoskeletal (extremity) tumors, total hip and total knee replacements and revisions. Dr. Oskouei started practicing at Emory in 2004. Dr. Oskouei is board-certified and fellowship trained in orthopaedic surgery. Combining his experience and interests with the state-of-the-art facilities of Emory University and the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University allows Dr. Oskouei to treat patients with the latest modalities using a multi-disciplinary approach.

Shannon Kahn, MDAbout Dr. Shannon Kahn
Shannon Kahn, MD, assistant professor of Radiation Oncology at Emory University and practicing at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, is board certified in radiation oncology. She is part of a multi-disciplinary team of physicians and caregivers at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital who, in partnership with Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, are providing the latest treatment options for cancer survivors.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital Assists Georgia Families in Need

atlanta-food-bankEmory Saint Joseph’s Hospital assisted families in need in Georgia last month, by organizing their largest canned food drive to date. Susan Freed, Director of Care Coordination at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, discovered that the Atlanta Community Food Bank historically has the least amount of donations during February. The hospital wanted to help fill that gap.

In response, almost 70 hospital employees, from Respiratory, Financial Services, Care Coordination, Nursing Services, Physical Therapy, Employee Health and other hospitalists, donated 658 pounds of canned goods. “This is a real success story, because we surpassed our goal of donating 400 pounds of canned goods,” said Ms. Freed.

This feat did not go unnoticed by Elizabeth Haskell, Food Drive Sourcing Specialist at the Atlanta Community Food Bank. She observed that this single donation effort by Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital provided 548 meals to Georgia families, seniors, and children in need. “We appreciate the hospital’s incredible generosity because more than 58,000 people receive emergency food assistance each week through our network.”

Want to help out? Contact the Atlanta Community Food Bank and find out ways you, too, can provide meals for those in need.

Foods that Fight Prostate Cancer

prostate-blogProstate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men, and the American Cancer Society estimates there will be 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer in 2014. [1] It’s no secret that eating a healthy diet helps reduce your chances of getting cancer, but which foods should men eat to reduce their prostate cancer risks and why? See our list of cancer-fighting foods below to find out.

1. Tomatoes
Tomatoes are packed with lycopene; a member of the carotenoid family found commonly in red pigmented fruit and vegetables, lycopene has been established as having strong antioxidant properties. Research suggests that lycopene is a preventive agent for prostate disease. [2]

2. Watermelon
Watermelon, like tomatoes, is loaded with lycopene. In fact, one cup has the lycopene content of two tomatoes. But watermelon is also rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene, antioxidants that help to protect cells from damage and rid your body of harmful cells that can lead to cancer.

3. Garlic
Garlic is famed for its supposed health benefits, and studies concerning its anti-cancer benefits look promising. Several compounds are involved in garlic’s possible anticancer effects – garlic contains allyl sulfur and other compounds that slow or prevent the growth of tumor cells. In one study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 2002, scientists discovered that men who ate about a clove of garlic daily had a 50 percent reduced risk of developing prostate cancer. [3]

4. Green tea
Green tea contains polyphenol compounds, particularly catechins, which are antioxidants and whose biological activities may be relevant to cancer prevention. Studies have shown that green tea and its components effectively mitigate cellular damage due to oxidative stress, and green tea extract is reported to induce cancer cell death and starve tumors by curbing the growth of new blood vessels that feed them. [4]

5. Soy
Soy fills the body with isoflavones — compounds that act like the hormone estrogen in humans — and have been found to have an abundance of anti-cancer benefits. Studies have shown that the isoflavones in soy inhibit prostate cancer cell growth, induce cellular death, and enhance the ability of radiation to kill prostate cancer cells. [5]

[1] “How many men get prostate cancer?” cancer.org

[2] Ilic D., “Lycopene for the prevention and treatment of prostate disease.”

[3] Milner JA. “A historical perspective on garlic and cancer.” J Nutr. 2001 Mar;131(3s):1027S-31S.

[4] Butt MS, Sultant MT. “Green tea: nature’s defense against malignancies.”

[5] Mahmoud AM, Yang W, Bosland MC., Soy isoflavones and prostate cancer: A review of molecular mechanisms.

Related Resources:
To learn more about the Prostate Cancer Center at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital by visiting our Urology site,
or call 877-250-STJO (7856).

Fighting Back Against Stroke: Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital Earns Prestigious Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care

ambulanceAccording to the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, stroke is number four on the list of causes of death, and one of the top causes of adult disability in the U.S. Someone experiences a stroke every 40 seconds, a person dies from a stroke every 4 minutes, and almost 800,000 people suffer from a new or recurring stroke every year, on average.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital has been working to reduce these staggering numbers. Because of that hard work, the hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold – Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing the quality improvement measures created by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for stroke treatment.

These guidelines are cutting edge and research based, with the goal to speed up recovery time, and reduce rates of death and disability among stroke patients. They also help hospital staff to use other preventive measures in combating the effects of stroke, such as educating patients about risk factor management and warning signs, and making sure they take their medication as prescribed.

On top of that, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital received the Associations’ Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting quality control measures that cut down the time between hospital admittance and getting clot-buster tPA treatment – the only FDA approved drug for the treatment of ischemic stroke (strokes caused by blood clots.) This can help patients recover faster, and with less risk of severe disability, if given within three hours from when the stroke symptoms start.

Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee, Executive Director of Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine and Harvard Medical School, recognized Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital’s achievement and dedication to stroke care. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care,” he informed.

This award demonstrates Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital’s commitment to ensuring patients receive care outlined by internationally respected guidelines. Keith Sanders, M.D., Medical Director of Emory Saint Joseph’s Stroke Center, expressed the hospital’s dedication to improving the quality of stroke care using the Get With The Guidelines. He stated, “With this award, our hospital demonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines, and we look forward to strengthening our collaboration with the three additional Emory Healthcare stroke centers.”

Emory Saint Joseph’s Staff Shelters Atlantans During Snow Jam

snowjam2014Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital was recently featured in Catholic Health Word for the heroic efforts of its staff in taking care of not only their patients and each other during the snowstorm that shut down the city, but also caring for stranded motorists who sought shelter in the hospital.

“Everyone pitched in, and everyone pulled together,” said Sr. Rosemary Smith, SC, Chief Mission Officer.

Stories of staff members going above and beyond to meet the needs of patients, families and other staff members around them seem nearly endless, from working multiple shifts to cover for those who couldn’t make it in, to sleeping in classrooms before returning to their next shift. Perhaps one of the most poignant, however, is the Saint Joseph’s courier who walked four miles from his gridlocked car to the hospital to deliver lab specimens needed for patients undergoing surgery.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Named One of the Best in the Nation for Hip and Knee Replacement

2female-mdsBased on its low rate of complications and readmissions, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital has earned prestigious recognition for its orthopedic surgery program to replace hip and knee joints. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently completed a comprehensive study that resulted in Emory Saint Joseph’s being named one of the best hospitals in the nation for hip and knee replacement. Read the full story on the Emory News Center.


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