WinWin! With You Applauds Carmen Echols, MD; Amod Sureka, MD and Augustine Conduah, MD



Welcome to the WinWin! section. The employees listed below have been recognized by patients, peers and/or managers who want to showcase their wins. Please join us in applauding their great work. If you have a Win, we’d love to share and celebrate it. Send Wins to

Carmen Echols, MD

Dr. Echols of DeKalb Medical Physicians Group Lithonia Primary Care is being recognized with a five star rating from one of her patients. 

Patient comment: “That’s my Doctor!” 

Amod Sureka, MD

Dr. Sureka of DeKalb Medical Physicians Group Atlanta Neurosurgical Associates is being recognized with a five star rating from one of his patients. 

Patient comment: “Dr. Sureka always asks questions and listens to what you have to say about how you’re feeling and whether or not you’re in pain. When the time came for an epidural steroid injection, Dr. Sureka did so with the utmost care and professionalism, and kept me at ease during the procedure. I would highly recommend his services to anyone needing relief from pain.” 

Augustine Conduah, MD

Dr. Conduah of DeKalb Medical Physicians Group DeKalb Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is being recognized with a five star rating from one of his patients.

New Names for DeKalb Medical Facilities

For Internal Distribution Only 

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This information is provided on behalf of Robert Wilson, CEO, DeKalb Medical; and Jonathan S. Lewin, President & CEO, Emory Healthcare

The DeKalb and Emory teams continue their outstanding work toward our integration. You have already received communications regarding orientation and onboarding. We thank you, in advance, for taking time out of your busy schedules to complete these important next steps in becoming part of the Emory Healthcare family, anticipated to occur in early fall.

While approval from the Attorney General is still pending, our teams require certain information to be prepared for our transition. One of these pieces of information has been eagerly awaited by many – that is, the names of our facilities! The integration teams need the names to design signage, complete regulatory documents and finalize other items that are required prior to go-live. To that end, we wanted to share the names with you before they are circulated externally.

DeKalb Medical Naming Strategy Process

1. Prior to deciding the names, we conducted focus groups with community members in Atlanta.

2. Overall, the focus group members felt that the Emory name would further strengthen the DeKalb Medical brand.

3. Based on the feedback, DeKalb and Emory leadership decided to follow the Emory Healthcare brand architecture and guidelines when it came to naming our facilities.

4. Click here to see a presentation with the full naming rationale and algorithm.

Our New Hospital Names 

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Our New Physician Group Practice Names 

Follows “Emory at [Location]” format. See example below.

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We know that changing names can bring up a variety of emotions – excitement, sadness, apprehension. Remember, our roots will always be in DeKalb Medical, but our future is with Emory Healthcare! We are truly excited to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

As a reminder, please keep in mind that the current names will not change until after the transaction is complete, and we’re not at a point that we want to make a big public announcement. The Attorney General has not yet given DeKalb’s integration with Emory Healthcare final approval. However, given the time sensitivity around certain integration items, we wanted to move forward with sharing this information with you.

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to our patients, their families and each other.

Bob and Jon


Application process begins for 2018 Auxiliary Wish List

grant money 1It’s that time of year when departments may apply for a Wish List grant. This is a great way to apply for funding of items that may not have been approved through your FY19 budget.

The DeKalb Medical Foundation is pleased to announce that the Auxiliary’s Specialty Sales have raised more than $27,000 to be awarded through the Wish List grants this year.

Attached you will find the letter of instructions from the Auxiliary regarding the 2018 Wish List, along with the two-page grant application, 2018 AUXILIARY WISH LIST Application & Instructions.

This is a great way for DeKalb Medical departments to apply for funding of items that may not have been approved through your FY19 budget.

Please note that the deadline to turn in grant request(s) is Friday, August 31st.

All requests MUST be fully completed to be considered. 

If you have any questions, please call the Volunteer Services office at ext. 15208, or contact Karen Caughman.


Over 100 DeKalb Medical physicians chosen for Atlanta Magazine top doctors list

top docs image 1One hundred and nine physicians on staff at DeKalb Medical were named “Top Doctors” in the July issue of Atlanta magazine.

“Our medical staff has been well-represented on this list in the past,” said Bob Wilson, President and CEO, DeKalb Medical. “This year, we have 109 doctors being recognized by other doctors, here and around the region. We continue to attract many of the best physicians in Atlanta. They are invaluable partners in our commitment to earn our communities trust and deliver exceptional patient care.”​​

Atlanta magazine’s Top Doctors list was compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. whose physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels. Castle Connolly seeks nominations not only of physicians who excel in academic medicine and research but also, most importantly, those who exhibit excellence in patient care.​​

For a complete list of DeKalb Medical physicians named as Top Docs, visit

Leaders asked to complete staff performance evaluations by August 31

The performance evaluation phase of the Performance Management process started this week. All leaders should log in to Performance and Learning Gateway through the Intranet and complete a Performance Evaluation Form for each of your team members. For optimal results, remember to access the Performance and Learning Gateway via Google Chrome.

 Within two business days after your form has been submitted, you will receive notice that a performance conversation and form sign off should be scheduled with your employee. This important conversation should take place prior to the Friday, August 31st deadline.

Step by step instructions may be found on page 9 of the Manger’s Guide.

Performance Management Job Aid for Managers

For the few individuals who have not yet entered goals for your team members, it is crucial to their success and to yours that you take immediate action. Refer to the attached Managers Guide and take steps to get caught up now. We want all employees to feel valued, and your actions will go a long way to achieving that mission.

Contact the Compensation team at 1-5009 or 1-1377, if you need any assistance. Thank you for your ongoing support of this important process.


Contact the Compensation team at 1-5009 or 1-1377, if you need any assistance. Thank you for your ongoing support of this important process.


Grant allows more patients to undergo specialized surgery at Hillandale

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The Dart Foundation recently awarded a $65,000 grant to DeKalb Medical, which will go toward enhancing equipment at the hospital’s Hillandale campus.

The grant will fund a new mini-C arm—a mobile imaging device that takes digital pictures during surgical cases. This device has been shown to significantly decrease patients’ exposure to radiation compared to traditional fluoroscopy. The device also leads to less costly and invasive procedures, providing an increased benefit to patients.  DeKalb Medical was operating with one mini C-arm, but as demands for orthopedic procedures have increased at the Hillandale campus, the much-needed second device will help further meet the needs of the community.

Elisabeth Nark, Executive Director of the DeKalb Medical Foundation, expressed her gratitude for the grant.

“This generous gift from the Dart Foundation will make a direct impact on our patients,” she said. “With this new mini-C arm, we can better anticipate the needs of our community who turn to us for orthopedic care. We’re so grateful that The Dart Foundation has chosen to invest in DeKalb Medical.”

“The Dart Foundation is pleased to award this grant to DeKalb Medical,” said Emily L. Matthews, Dart Foundation Manager. “The health and well-being of the community is vitally important and it’s crucial that the hospital has the equipment they need to serve their region.” Representatives from the Dart Foundation present a check to the DeKalb Medical at Hillandale.

Pictured from left to right: Simon Graham, Dart Foundation Committee Member; Mick White, Executive Director of Patient Care Services at Hillandale; William Vanlandingham, Dart Foundation Committee Member;  Elisabeth Nark, Executive Director, DeKalb Medical Foundation; Rhonda Loyd, Dart Foundation Committee Member;  Corey Brown, Surgical Services Nurse Manager; and James Ross, Dart Foundation Committee Member.