The Georgia Attorney Generalâ€™s Office has announced the approval of the strategic partnership and integration of DeKalb Medical and Emory Healthcare, solidifying the unity of the two health systems. With this final regulatory approval, it is anticipated DeKalb Medical will officially become a part of the Emory Healthcare system on September 1, 2018.
â€œBy combining a community health system and an academic health system, the communities and patients cared for by Emory Healthcare and DeKalb Medical will experience an even stronger quality of care with more accessibility to providers and specialty care,â€ says Jonathan S. Lewin, MD, president and CEO of Emory Healthcare.
The two health systems initiated their requests for a partnership in November 2017 through a formal Letter of Intent. The Federal Trade Commission approved the partnership in March 2018. The partnership application was then filed with the Georgia Attorney Generalâ€™s Office, which has announced its decision.
â€œWe have been working for several months with Emory Healthcare to forge a partnership that will position us to grow and meet our communityâ€™s needs for years to come,â€ says Bob Wilson, president and CEO of DeKalb Medical. â€œWe are confident that being part of Emory Healthcare is the right choice for our community, our employees and our physicians, and are anxious to begin fully integrating into the Emory system.â€
Both Emory Healthcare and DeKalb Medical have strong roots in the community and the state of Georgia. Emory has had a presence in DeKalb County for more than 100 years, with more than half of its employees residing in DeKalb and the surrounding vicinity. DeKalb Medical has been serving the regionâ€™s patients and families for more than 57 years.
DeKalb Medical is a not-for-profit health system consisting of three hospital campuses with a combined 627 licensed beds. As part of the integration, DeKalb Medicalâ€™s hospital on North Decatur Road will be named Emory Decatur Hospital; DeKalb Medical Hillandale will be named Emory Hillandale Hospital; and DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur will be named Emory Long Term Acute Care.