There is a buzz inside the halls of Saint Joseph’s Hospital. It’s not one of New Year’s resolutions or post-holiday chatter, but the buzz of excitement and curiosity surrounding our future. Today is a new start for us and not in the New Year, new goals kind of way; at midnight on January 1st we became a part of the largest, most comprehensive health system in North Georgia. With baited breath we have long awaited this announcement. It is the one that says Emory Healthcare and Saint Joseph’s are officially partners in delivering healthcare to Atlantans.
For our employees this is a huge day and an accomplishment that took years of planning and regulatory approval to arrive at this celebrated conclusion. Our leadership took great care and time as they interviewed various health systems searching for the perfect partner. At one point discussions of a pending acquisition were even on the table and we feared we might lose our Catholic, mission-based health care delivery model as a result. But the what-ifs have passed and with Emory Healthcare as our partner, we are still Catholic, still sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and still proud to have the only Magnet Nursing staff in the city.
So you might ask what changes as a result of the aforementioned joint operating company these premier health systems just created? For one, we have a sister hospital in Emory Johns Creek and the benefits that come with being a part of Emory Healthcare. We are looking forward to switching to Emory Healthcare’s IT and sharing medical records electronically. Patients will be able to access Saint Joseph’s Hospital on the north side of the perimeter and all of their records will transfer to any of the five Emory hospitals or clinics and all the physicians who practice among them. As we’ve already seen, physicians can rely on each other’s specialties, perform complex surgeries together and collaborate on the best medical solutions for our patients. We know it won’t happen overnight, but we know it’s happening and that we are a part of one of the most exciting collaborative ventures in healthcare that this city has ever seen.
If you happen to be inside our walls this week, you will see the same friendly Saint Joseph’s staff and renowned physicians, but you just might notice a little spring in our steps and spot larger smiles s across our faces. So welcome to Saint Joseph’s, a proud partner with Emory Healthcare, and if the spirit moves you, share in congratulating our staff and being a part of our new health system.
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