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DeKalb Medical and Emory Healthcare sign Letter of Intent to form strategic partnership

Monday, November 20th, 2017

DeKalb Medical and Emory Healthcare have signed a Letter of Intent to develop a strategic partnership between the two institutions.

The Letter of Intent signals the beginning of the process to formulate a definitive agreement to bring the two health systems together under the Emory Healthcare system. The partnership would allow for continued growth and expansion of services to even better serve the community. The two institutions anticipate finalizing the partnership in 2018, after receiving final approval from regulatory agencies.

“Both Emory and DeKalb Medical have a strong and historical commitment to providing exceptional care to the community,” says Jonathan S. Lewin, MD, Emory University executive vice president for health affairs and CEO of Emory Healthcare. “We understand the importance of both community hospitals and academic medical centers in delivering optimal care to our patients. A partnership with DeKalb Medical will strategically support these efforts,” says Lewin.

“We are excited about the future,” says Robert E. Wilson, president and CEO of DeKalb Medical.  “Our community has counted on us for 56 years and we’ve always been here – growing to meet our community’s needs.  This partnership will strengthen our ability to continue to deliver high quality community-based healthcare.”

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WellStar Health System expands collaboration with Mayo Clinic

Monday, November 20th, 2017

With a recent expansion of their collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, all WellStar facilities now have access to the resources of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of like-minded organizations who share a commitment to better serving patients and their families.

WellStar joined the Mayo Clinic CareNetworkin2014.Now all 11 hospitals and WellStar Clinical Partners members are included in the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Through digital technology, physicians in the network can collaborate and share the latest medical information. Experts from WellStar and Mayo Clinic work together to further enhance the delivery of healthcare, allowing many patients to receive answers to complex medical questions, close to home.

Specialists across WellStar can now have access to Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise using a variety of electronic tools and services and can consult directly with Mayo Clinic experts on complex diagnosis and treatment plans. These tools and services include:

• eConsults: WellStar Clinical Partner physicians use electronic consulting to connect directly with Mayo Clinic specialists on complex patient cases, which is included at no cost to the patient.

• AskMayoExpert: All members of WellStar’s medical staff have 24/7 access to Mayo-vetted medical information and guidelines through AskMayoExpert, which is a web-based resource created for physicians and other healthcare providers.

•Healthcare Consulting: Related to clinical and business processes, this relationship allows WellStar providers to accelerate patient care innovations.

Since launching in 2011, the Mayo Clinic CareNetwork has grown to include more than 40 healthcare organizations across the country including China, Mexico, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.

“At WellStar, we are focused on finding innovative waysto improve patient care,”said John A. Brennan, M.D., executive vice president & chief clinical integration officer. “WellStar is home to some of the most accomplished and preeminent physicians in the Southeast. By collaborating with Mayo Clinic, we are giving our physicians and patients another resource that can improve the health of our community.”

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Avail Dermatology marks growth with new name, additional location

Monday, November 20th, 2017

State-of-the-art practice, formerly known as Newnan Dermatology, rebrands and expands

November 2, 2017 (Atlanta, Ga.) —Newnan Dermatology, currently celebrating nearly three decades of best-in-class medical care, proudly announces the unveiling of its new name: Avail Dermatology.

“We’ve done this to reflect our growth outside ofthe Newnan area,” said Avail Dermatology senior partner and president Dr. Mark Ling. “We’ve been in Peachtree City for several years, are now opening in Carrollton, and have more expansion plans onthe horizon. So we’re rebranding as Avail Dermatology.”

Dr. Ling says although the name is changing, the practice is not. As Avail Dermatology, the providers, staff, and services remain the same. The practice continues accepting the same insurance plans as before.

“We founded this practice on a commitment to the highest quality of care above all else,” Dr. Ling explained, “and that commitment will be unchanged as we continue to evolve as Avail Dermatology.”

In addition to Dr. Ling, Drs. Jill Buckthal, Mark Holzberg, Steven Marcet, Samit Patrawala, and Joseph Dyer make up the Avail Dermatology physician team. These board-certified professionals treat the breadth of all dermatologic issues, including acne and other skin breakouts, rashes, and skin cancer prevention, diagnosis, and consultation. Avail Dermatology also performs dermatologic surgeries, including Mohs surgery, a micrographic procedure used to remove skin cancers.

In addition to locations in Newnan and Peachtree City, Avail Dermatology begins serving the Carrollton community on Nov. 6. Boasting cutting-edge technology, this new office will continue the tradition of providing personalized, comprehensive, and quality care for patients.

“Carrollton’s nickname is the Friendly City,” Dr. Ling said. “Our personable skin care experts plan on being the medical embodiment of that moniker.”

Avail Dermatology has been a respected provider of dermatological services since 1990. Formerly known as Newnan Dermatology, Avail has locations in Newnan, Peachtree City, and Carrollton. Avail Dermatology utilizes the latest advances in dermatological science. Whether addressing common diseases or complex conditions, its mission is to deliver superior treatment and education. Avail Dermatology offers patients a seamless continuum of services. Surgeries and dermatopathology analyses are performed in a state-of-the-art facility. For more information: AvailDermatology.com

Locations

Carrollton: 524 Dixie St., Carrollton, Ga.

Newnan: 710 Newnan Crossing Bypass, Newnan, Ga.

Peachtree City: 1975 Highway 54 West, Suite 250, Fayetteville, Ga.

Appointment line: 770-251-5111

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Aging U.S. Population Boosting Demand or Medical Office Buildings

Monday, November 20th, 2017

The aging U.S. population, pressure for healthcare providers to cut costs and new technologies have boosted demand for medical office properties in recent years, according to a new report from CBRE.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the 65+ population will nearly double between 2015 and 2055 to more than 92 million and comprise nearly 23 percent of the country’s total population by that time. Atlanta has seen a 32.1% increase in the population of the 65+ demographic between 2011 and 2016, which is the highest growth among the measured markets in the report. The need for medical office in Atlanta is expected to increase, as Atlanta has a projected 65+ population growth of an additional 25.3% through 2021.

The overall U.S. medical office building vacancy rate was 8 percent in Q1 2017, down by nearly 300 basis points from Q1 2010, and significantly below the vacancy rate for the U.S. office market overall (13 percent inQ1 2017). The pace of vacancy rate decrease accelerated in recent quarters due to stronger user demand, likely driven by the aging U.S. population and increase in the ranks of the insured. The national vacancy rate decreased by the same amount during the past nine quarters (140 bps) as during the prior four years, despite a slight increase in new medical office supply during the past few years. Atlanta’s overall vacancy level has dropped 530 bps (from 19.3% to 14.0%) despite the delivery of 1.2 million sq. ft. of inventory.

Investment in the U.S. medical office sector increased substantially over the past seven years. Total U.S. investment volume in medical office buildings ofat least 10,000 sq. ft. rose from just under $4 billion in 2010 to $10.2 billion in 2016. Moreover, total investment in 2016 exceeded the prior annual peak of $7.3 billion in 2006, further reflecting increased optimism in medical office and not simply improvement from the recession.

Through the reuse of former stand-alone buildings (banks, drugstores, etc.), as well as vacant in-line retail, many medical practices have secured high-visibility retail spaces where patients canwalk directly into the office from the parking lot. Between three of Atlanta’s top health care providers, more than $2 billion of new construction is underway: Piedmont Atlanta Hospital’s $603 million Marcus Heart and Vascular Center; Children’s Health Care of Atlanta’s $1 billion+ pediatric hospital in northeast Atlanta; and Northside Hospital’s $525 million expansion in five locations throughout the city, including a new medical office tower in Midtown scheduled to open in 2018.

The Evolving Healthcare Landscape

Healthcare providers are facing increasing pressure to reduce costs in the face of uncertain reimbursement rates from both Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies and improve patient outcomes. Adopting new technologies is one method for improving healthcare outcomes, but the upfront capital required means that costs must either increase or be trimmed elsewhere. Several key ways in which healthcare providers are attempting to reduce costs are by relocating services closer to where patients live, utilizing video technology to meet with patients remotely and moving more patient volume away from hospitals – the highest-cost facilities – and into lower-cost outpatient facilities, including medical office buildings and urgent-care facilities.

“The evolution of medical technologies is boosting demand for newer product with the infrastructure capable of handling cutting-edge devices and systems,” said Jim Hayden, executive managing director, Healthcare, Global Workplace Solutions, CBRE. “Medical office space that helps providers minimize costs and maximize outcomes, including buildings that support collaboration and can accommodate new technologies that help them achieve these goals, will likely remain in favor.”

Leasing Trends

The five markets with the lowest Q1 vacancy rates were Nashville (2.8 percent), New York (3.2 percent), the San Francisco Bay Area (4.2 percent), Louisville (4.9 percent) and Kansas City (5.5 percent). Nashville registered the strongest medical job growth and New York the fifth strongest over the past five years, contributing to their low availability rates.

Overall asking rents for medical office properties have remained relatively flat for the past seven years, ranging between $22 and $23 per sq. ft. per year. This trend reflects sustained demand for healthcare despite the recession, as well as the relative stability of the medical office tenant base. Specifically, the high cost of tenant build-outs, as well as the importance of proximity to a provider’s patient base and ancillary medical services, compels many tenants to remain in place for long periods of time.

Capital Markets Trends

“As investor appetite for healthcare-related real estate has grown, medical office buildings have emerged as the most popular property type within the sector,” said Chris Bodnar, executive vice president, Healthcare, CBRE Capital Markets. “As yields for traditional real estate asset classes have compressed in recent years, new capital sources—including foreign capital—have entered the medical office sector in search of stability to hedge against any potential correction in the global markets.”

Medical office cap rates have consistently decreased from a high of 8.3 percent inmid-2010 to 6.8 percent asofQ1 2017. On a regional basis, average cap rates have been lowest in the West over the past seven years, below the U.S. average by about 60 bps. However, the spread between the highest and the lowest regional cap rates remained relatively tight during this period, as industrywide trends have a similar impact across the various markets.

“Comparatively moderate regional differences are an attractive feature of medical office asaninvestment class,” said Lee Asher, executive vice president, Healthcare, CBRE Capital Markets. “Because there is demand for healthcare everywhere, investors are generally more willing to look outside the primary markets compared with traditional office investment, and this is apparent inpricing metrics.”

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Jackson Healthcare’s Connecting Kids with Care Expands to Recruit More Volunteer Providers

Monday, November 20th, 2017

A not-for-profit initiative of Jackson Healthcare is moving from pilot to expansion phase, and including more doctors and other licensed medical providers to help impoverished global children get completely free, tech-enabled healthcare. Connecting Kids with Care™ is now accepting additional physicians, nurses, therapists and other advanced practitioner volunteers to add to the corps of more than 100 who have already helped treat 600+ medically at-risk children.

The initiative mobilizes Jackson Healthcare’s core healthcare staffing relationships, technologies and expertise to link children to life-altering care through remote care technology. In less than a year, Connecting Kids with Care™ exceeded its goals, having already begun work with more than 100 humanitarian organizations in 15 countries. It has matched individual children with volunteer medical providers from 13 specialties who have provided direct interventional care, assessment, and care planning for the kids, their local medical staff and caregivers.

Services are 100 percent free for both medical volunteers and those receiving care. The Connecting Kids with Care™ platform utilizes existing technologies so there is no need for anyone to purchase additional equipment. The pairing of personal relationships with technology (live remote video, shared chart reviews, multimedia storage and collaboration tools) allows medical experts todonate their skills with optimal efficiency, and opens up new opportunities for children and medical providers alike.

“Physicians andmedical professionals are passionate about providing care for the most remote and vulnerable people in the world,” explains Jackson Healthcare President Shane Jackson. “These children are on a path to shortened or irreparably diminished lives without access to modern medical care. We’re providing connectivity for professionals to help with technology they already own and use every day… and it’s life-changing for both the physicians and children.”

Since launching in pilot phase in July 2016, Connecting Kids with Care™ has facilitated nearly 800 care encounters including adoption medical assessment, urgent and episodic care, chronic disease care plans, chart reviews with physician collaboration, feeding and therapy plans, and clinical decision making.These diagnoses have a broad range of impacts for the children and their caregivers. Orphaned or abandoned children access better immediate care while prospective adoptive parents are better able to anticipate and plan lifetime care.

Its wide reaching response and dramatic individual impacts have lead Jackson to complete the pilot early, and open up the program publicly to more healthcare professionals and organizations around the world.

To learn more about Connecting Kids with Care™, practitioners can visit ConnectingKidsWithCare.org. Signing up does not obligate a provider inany way, but will offer opportunities to volunteer their specialty for a child or children around the world.

Connecting Kids with Care™ (formerly known as the World Care Exchange) is incorporated in Georgia and is applying for non-profit status. It has a full-time staff of four, supported by recruiting and professional services from Jackson Healthcare’s staffing and technology companies.

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Nancy Paris Invested as Member of Venerable Order of St. John

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Nancy Paris, President and CEO of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education, was recently invested as a member of the Venerable Order of St. John in the Priory in the USA. The honor was bestowed in a ceremony at the National Cathedral in Washington DC. The Order of St John is a Christian, chivalric, ecumenical and international community of members who continue more than 900 years’ tradition of helping the sick and the poor of all nationalities, races and creeds.

The tribute recognizes Ms. Paris’ extensive experience creating, directing and raising funds tosupport community-based health programs. Her leadership at Georgia CORE has helped toimprove the quality of cancer care in Georgia and expanded statewide access to clinical research.

Prior to Georgia CORE, she served as vice-president and interim president of the Georgia Cancer Coalition, president of Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services, and vice-president of the Georgia Baptist Health Care System. Under her leadership, both Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services and the Georgia Baptist Health Care System received numerous foundation and government grants, and many national awards for excellence and innovation.

Ms. Paris also served as director of Hospice Atlanta, vice-president of the Visiting Nurse Foundation and president of AID Atlanta. She is a member of the Board of Directors of MedShare International and the International AIDS Trust; the Atlanta Rotary Club, where she chairs the International Committee; the Dean’s Council of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and the Board of Visitors of the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University.

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Piedmont Fayette Wellness Center to be Featured at Pinewood Forrest

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Piedmont Fayette, Pace Lynch Corporation and Pinewood Forrest are teaming up to launch a medically integrated wellness center in the heart of the Pinewood Forrest community with the announcement of the Piedmont Fayette Wellness Center at Pinewood Forrest.

“A wellness center is different from a gym or a fitness center because it offers programs that are tracked and overseen by medical professionals,” said Michael Burnett, Piedmont Fayette’s Chief Executive Officer. “The environment offers clinical integration so that physical therapists and exercise physiologists share common space.”

The 60,000 square foot, two-story facility will create a culture of health and wellness, supporting the healthy lifestyle goals of the community and acting as a bridge between medical care and wellness. Piedmont Fayette understands that “mobility is medicine” and people who are active and healthy tend notto have the chronic health conditions that can bring about even more serious medical issues. A wellness center is a facility focused on providing preventive medicine solutions.

In addition to the six-lane lap pooland therapy pool, there will be multiple fitness studios, an active gaming component, a spin room and 18,000 square feet of fitness space on two floors. Another pinnacle feature is the licensed D1 Sports Training program, the first in the state of Georgia, offering specific sports training for athletes from youth to professional level with dedicated space for indoor and outdoor fitness training. The Wellness Center will engage with the outdoors outside a wall of glass, connecting with a central park, open air elevated exercise platform, activity lawns, and over 15 miles of integrated trail and path systems that meander throughout the community and nature preserve areas.

“This will be the first time that Piedmont has integrated a health and wellness location within a residential community,” said Burnett. “We believe this innovative facility will not only be a gold standard fitness facility for people of all ages and abilities, but will also be the best way to deliver preventive medicine and healthcare solutions for a community focused on wellness and living better.”

Pinewood Forrest is a 234-acre master planned residential and mixed-use development located in south metro Atlanta. Memberships to the Piedmont Fayette Wellness Center at Pinewood Forrest will be open to the public with access to the outpatient rehab/healthcare services by appointment. Although details are not final, Pinewood Forrest anticipates bundling a membership to the wellness center with a home purchase.

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Jackson Healthcare’s remote care not-for-profit initiative completes pilot

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Expands to Recruit More Volunteer Providers for Global Children

An innovative, not-for-profit initiative of Jackson Healthcare is moving from pilot to expansion phase, and including more doctors and other licensed medical providers to help impoverished global children get completely free, tech-enabled healthcare. Connecting Kids with Care™ is now accepting additional physicians, nurses, therapists and other advanced practitioner volunteers to add to the corps of more than 100 who have already helped treat 600+ medically at-risk children.

The initiative mobilizes Jackson Healthcare’s core healthcare staffing relationships, technologies and expertise tolink children to life-altering care through remote care technology. In less than a year, Connecting Kids with Care™ exceeded its goals, having already begun work with more than 100 humanitarian organizations in15 countries. It has matched individual children with volunteer medical providers from 13 specialties who have provided direct interventional care, assessment, and care planning for the kids, their local medical staff and caregivers.

Services are 100 percent free for both medical volunteers and those receiving care. The Connecting Kids with Care™ platform utilizes existing technologies so there isno need for anyone topurchase additional equipment. The pairing of personal relationships with technology (live remote video, shared chart reviews, multimedia storage and collaboration tools) allows medical experts todonate their skills with optimal efficiency, and opens upnew opportunities for children and medical providers alike.

“Physicians and medical professionals are passionate about providing care for the most remote and vulnerable people in the world,” explains Jackson Healthcare President Shane Jackson. “These children are on a path to shortened or irreparably diminished lives without access to modern medical care. We’re providing connectivity for professionals to help with technology they already own and use every day… and it’s life-changing for both the physicians and children.”

EXPANSION PHASE OPENS TO MORE VOLUNTEERS, continued

Since launching in pilot phase in July 2016, Connecting Kids with Care™has facilitated nearly 800 care encounters including adoption medical assessment, urgent and episodic care, chronic disease care plans, chart reviews with physician collaboration, feeding and therapy plans, and clinical decision making.These diagnoses have a broad range of impacts for the children and their caregivers. Orphaned or abandoned children access better immediate care while prospective adoptive parents are better able to anticipate and plan lifetime care.

Its wide reaching response and dramatic individual impacts have lead Jackson to complete the pilot early, and open up the program publicly to more healthcare professionals and organizations around the world.

To learn more about Connecting Kids with Care™, practitioners can visit ConnectingKidsWithCare.org. Signing up does not obligate a provider inany way, but will offer opportunities to volunteer their specialty for a child or children around the world.

Connecting Kids with Care™ (formerly known as the World Care Exchange) is incorporated inGeorgia and is applying for non-profit status. It has a full-time staff of four, supported by recruiting and professional services from Jackson Healthcare’s staffing and technology companies.


About Jackson Healthcare

Jackson Healthcare is a family of highly-specialized healthcare staffing and technology companies. It is the third-largest U.S. healthcare staffing firm by revenue, ranks 20th among U.S. staffing firms, and is 17th largest among Atlanta’s private companies. Its mission is improving the delivery of patient care and the lives of everyone it touches through its business operations andcommunity outreach. Its community impact programs, including Connecting Kids With Care™, prioritize reducing barriers to healthcare access and well-being for disadvantaged children. Jackson Healthcare is routinely acknowledged for prioritizing associates’ positive experience, including earning Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Best Place to Work” from 2014 to 2016. Visit JacksonHealthcare.com to learn more.

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National Academy of Medicine Elects Emory Leaders in Neuroscience, Global Health

Thursday, October 26th, 2017
Allan Levey and Bob Breiman

Allan Levey (left) and Rob Breiman (right) represent two of Emory’s greatest strengths.

 

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has elected Allan I. Levey, MD, PhD, and Robert F. Breiman, MD, to its 2017 class of leading health scientists and international members.

Levey is a neurologist and neuroscientist internationally recognized for his work in neurodegenerative disease. He is professor and chair of the Department of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine, the Goizueta Foundation and Betty Gage Holland Endowed Chair for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, and director of the NIH-funded Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

Breiman is director of the Emory Global Health Institute and professor in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. An infectious disease epidemiologist, he has led research programs in a variety of urban and rural surveillance systems, and is former director of the Kenya office of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC’s largest overseas field operation.

Membership in the NAM, formerly the Institute of Medicine, is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service. Current active members elect new members from among candidates nominated for their accomplishments and contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health.

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Medical Association of Georgia President – Frank McDonald, Jr, MD

Thursday, October 26th, 2017
Dr. Frank McDonald

Dr. Frank McDonald

Frank McDonald Jr., M.D., MBA, was sworn into office as the president of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) during a ceremony that took place during the organization’s 163rd House of Delegates (HOD) meeting in Savannah on October 21.

“I am truly honored and excited to be given the opportunity to serve my patients, my profession, and my community,” says Dr. McDonald, who is a board-certified neurologist and the chair of operations and the Management Board at the Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville. “We face some significant challenges as a profession, but I also believe that Georgians continue to have access to some of the best medical care in the world.”

Dr. McDonald pledges that during his one-year term as president, “I will work with my fellow physicians and key stakeholders – including hospitals, insurers, and legislators – to reform our health care system in important ways, including stabilizing the insurance market, reducing the heavy administrative burden that has been placed on physicians so they can focus on patient care, and ensuring that Georgians have access to the care they need.”

He says that areas of emphasis will include addressing increasingly-narrow health insurance networks, the adequacy of the health insurance products that are available in the state, unreasonable “third party payer-driven EHR metrics,” the Medicaid program, and patient safety issues – including opioid abuse and distracted driving.

He adds that, “As MAG’s president, I believe that I also have an obligation to help patients and physicians in the state navigate what have become the treacherous waters of the health care third party payer and insurance system.”

Finally, Dr. McDonald stresses that, “MAG will not deviate from its efforts to ensure that every patient in this state has access to the highest quality health care across geographic settings and specialties.”

Dr. McDonald served as the speaker of MAG’s HOD for the last two years. He is a graduate of the MAG Foundation’s Georgia Physicians Leadership Academy. Dr. McDonald recently completed a term as the president of the Georgia Neurological Society, and he still serves on its Board of Directors.

Dr. McDonald received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical School, and he completed his residency and fellowship at University Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. He earned an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

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