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Contact:  Editor, Momentum
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Atlanta, GA 30322

From the Atlanta VA

Let me congratulate you on the superb Momentum issue which featured the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, its research program, and the strong Emory affiliation. The article was a well-balanced and accurate portrayal of how the VA's mission and Emory's mission can be aligned to the benefit of both institutions. The article was well received within the VA regional and national community, and, in fact, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has requested additional copies. We truly value the excellent coverage that your publication provided.

William Mountcastle CHE
Medical Center Director
Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Correction and challenge

I was just looking through the latest Momentum (Spring 2001) and saw the article about the state's approval to build Johns Creek Hospital and a medical office building on 30 acres near the intersection of McGinnis and Medlock Bridge Road in Duluth. The certificate of need was approved for 110 beds, not 62 as stated in the article. The new hospital as proposed by EHCA, a joint venture of Emory and HCA, would replace Emory Dunwoody Medical Center and the now closed West Paces Medical Center.

As expected, several competitors have challenged this approval, and an appeals hearing has been set for September 12. The entire appeals process could take several years.

However, we are encouraged by physician and community support for our proposal to build an all private-room facility that provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services. We received more than 120 letters of endorsement from doctors in the community before we applied for the CON and continue to hear from area physicians and members of the community who want to see Emory Healthcare closer to home. And we know the need for medical services will intensify as the population continues to boom. In fact, after looking at the metro Atlanta area, the Johns Creek site was chosen because that area expects a population growth of more than 20% in the next five years.

Linda Kirkman
Group Director of Marketing


Well stated

J. Willis Hurst said it beautifully. Like him, I see patients, not customers, and I am a professional physician, not a delivery person, i.e., health care provider.

Sheldon B. Cohen
Atlanta psychiatrist

In this Issue

From the Director  /  Letters


How to remake a hospital


Moving Forward  /  Noteworthy

On point: Healer or line worker?

Nation at a crossroad


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