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he object is to relieve human suffering, heal the sick, restore the wounded...”* These words marked the beginning of the Wesley Memorial Training School for Nurses on August 16, 1905. To this day, those words still ring true.
     Our school (and with it Emory University Hospital) started as a dream of Georgia’s Methodists to live out the final third of their mantra to “teach, preach, [and] heal.”* In fact, we still “teach, preach, and heal” today, but in a different sense. We are dedicated to teaching our students and preparing nurse leaders; preaching the good work of nurses, especially Emory-educated nurses, wherever we go and in whatever we do; and, of course, healing—or caring for—humanity.
     Caring has always been at the forefront of our school’s 100-year legacy. In the words of former Dean Ada Fort, our “progressive movement” of nursing education has continually raised the bar, taking patient care to the next level and leading in service to others.
     During this progressive movement, we have seen our ranks swell from the 10 brave nurses in our first graduating class to the 200+ bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral students who graduate in May. Over the course of a century, more than 10,000 Emory-educated nurses have gone on to improve care throughout the world.
     As you turn the pages of this special Centennial issue of the magazine, you will meet some of these brave men and women, whose courageous leadership changed the course of history for both the nursing profession and for Emory. People like Dean Fort, Verdelle Bellamy, and Allie Saxon, who broke down the race barrier and integrated the university in 1963. People like retired faculty members Rose Dilday and Mary Hall, who pioneered psychiatric-mental health nursing and public health nursing, respectively, in Georgia. People like Steve Ellwood, a long-time staff member who has captured our school’s history through his photography. And people like Cheri Mullen, Heather Blair, and Songuen Choi, who represent the future of caring as members of the Centennial Class of 2005.
     So turn the page and enjoy a journey into our past and a glimpse of our future. I hope you will be amazed and inspired along the way.

Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN

*Excerpted from Until Now: A Brief History of Emory University Hospital and School of Nursing, by Maybelle Jones Dewey

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