News Release: Emory Healthcare , Woodruff Health Sciences

Feb. 13,  2009

Emory Crawford Long Hospital Renamed Emory University Hospital Midtown

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Emory University has renamed Emory Crawford Long Hospital to Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM), effective today following the Emory University Board of Trustees’ decision.

For over 70 years, Emory’s midtown hospital has been wholly owned and operated by Emory University. The hospital will continue its growth in research and clinical trials, educating the next generation of health professionals, and providing the latest and most advanced medical technology and patient care.

"Today’s decision emphasizes the importance of Emory University Hospital Midtown within our health system," says James W. Wagner, PhD, president of Emory University. "Being more clearly affiliated with Emory in the public eye will help expand upon the hospital’s 100-year tradition of providing outstanding care to people in metro Atlanta and throughout the region."

Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD, Emory’s executive vice president for health affairs and chair of Emory Healthcare, says, "Changing Emory Crawford Long to Emory University Hospital Midtown will fuel progress toward the Woodruff Health Sciences Center’s goal of being the 21st century model for an academic health sciences and services center. By clarifying the hospital’s relationship with Emory’s entire health system, the new name will enhance its already impressive reputation in the community – enabling even greater opportunities for cutting-edge research, world-class education and high-quality patient- and family-centered care."

Emory’s Midtown hospital celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2008, and is an important part of Atlanta’s health care history and heritage.

Today, EUHM is a 511-bed community-based, acute care teaching facility. Chief Operating Officer Dane Peterson leads the hospital with its nearly 2,900 employees, 947 Emory medical faculty and nearly 537 private practice community physicians. The hospital is well known for services in cardiology, cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, cancer, gastroenterology, emergency medicine and weight management. Women’s services include prenatal and postnatal education, bone density testing, mammography and obstetrics, with a specialization in high-risk pregnancy.

"Emory University, being more visible on the hospital’s campus between the Peachtrees, will strengthen the hospital’s position as a symbolic gateway between Midtown and Downtown," says John T. Fox, CEO of Emory Healthcare. "This visibility along the connector and public transportation lines will highlight Emory University Hospital Midtown as the clinical powerhouse it is amidst the heart of Atlanta’s business district and exploding live-work-play growth."

The institution’s history dates back to 1908, when two physicians, Dr. Edward Campbell Davis and a former student of his, Dr. Luther C. Fischer, opened the 26-bed Davis-Fischer Sanatorium on Crew Street, near present-day Turner Field. With just 26 beds, the hospital quickly outgrew its capacity and by 1911, Davis and Fischer moved the hospital to its present site, opening an 85-bed Davis-Fischer Sanatorium on Linden Avenue.In 1931, the hospital was renamed Crawford W. Long Memorial Hospital in honor of Dr. Crawford W. Long, the Georgia physician who discovered sulphuric ether for use as an anesthetic and was the first doctor to use anesthesia during surgery. "We hope our patients and their families, as well as our staff and physicians, will see that while we have grown into a premier academic medical center, the Crawford Long name and its place in history will continue to be a source of pride," says Fox.

While focused on Emory’s three-tiered mission of excellent patient care, cutting-edge research and a dynamic destination for education, the Midtown Atlanta landmark will also remain true to its heritage and history. The hospital will maintain some of its historical signage, while adding the initials CL for Crawford Long onto much of its new signage. A museum-quality historical display, erected in April 2008, will remain in a prominent location. EUHM’s museum, which further details its long-standing history, will be highlighted more prominently to both patients and visitors.

In addition to EUHM, Emory University’s hospitals include Emory University Hospital, Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital and Wesley Woods Center. Emory joint venture hospitals include Emory-Adventist Hospital, Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Emory Eastside Medical Center.

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