WinWin! With You Applauds Ferhana Najam, MD; Vera A. Reaves, MD and Michael A. Quinones, 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 

Ferhana Najam, MDNajam

Dr. Najam of DeKalb Medical Physicians Group Rheumatology Associates of DeKalb is being recognized for providing compassionate care to her patient.

Patient comment: “Dr. Najam is absolutely wonderful, she takes the time to hear her patients concerns and she genuinely cares about her patients.”

Vera A. Reaves, MDdr. reaves

Dr. Reaves of DeKalb Medical Physicians Group North Tucker Primary Care is being recognized for providing consistent and excellent care to a patient’s family. 

Patient comment: “I have gone to Dr. Reaves since high school. She is a great doctor. She is not going to sugar coat things, she is going to give you real life answers to situations. My whole family highly recommends her. Staff is friendly and they make me feel welcome even if I don’t feel well.” 

Michael A. Quinones, MDdr. q

Dr. Quinones of DeKalb Medical Physicians Group DeKalb General Surgery & Surgical Oncology is being recognized with a five star rating by a patient.

Patient comment: “My gastroenterologist told me that Dr. Quinones had operated on his hernia. As fortune would have it, I had been co-existing with a hernia for two or more years and the fact that my gastro doctor, who I hold in high regard, would select Dr. Quinones for this type of surgery was ample evidence that he would be a good choice for me. No one likes surgery, but I can truly recommend Dr. Quinones, if surgery is necessary. His professional training and competent manner will ease your surgery concerns.” 



DeKalb Medical and Emory Healthcare Sign Letter of Intent to Form Strategic Partnership

partnership imageDeKalb Medical and Emory Healthcare have signed a Letter of Intent to develop a strategic partnership between the two institutions. The Letter of Intent signals the beginning of the process to formulate a definitive agreement to bring the two health systems together under the Emory Healthcare system. The partnership would allow for continued growth and expansion of services to even better serve the community. The two institutions anticipate finalizing the partnership in 2018, after receiving final approval from regulatory agencies.

“Both Emory and DeKalb Medical have a strong and historical commitment to providing exceptional care to the community,” says Jonathan S. Lewin, MD, Emory University executive vice president for health affairs and CEO of Emory Healthcare. “We understand the importance of both community hospitals and academic medical centers in delivering optimal care to our patients. A partnership with DeKalb Medical will strategically support these efforts,” says Lewin.

“We are excited about the future,” says Robert E. Wilson, president and CEO of DeKalb Medical. “Our community has counted on us for 56 years and we’ve always been here – growing to meet our community’s needs. This partnership will strengthen our ability to continue to deliver high quality community-based healthcare.”


Get Healthy, Radiant and Smooth Skin

Skin bella imageDeKalb Aesthetics offers Skin Bella, a state-of-the-art microdermabrasion that uses ultrasonic technology to remove dead skin build up, deep clean pores, and infuse skin-correcting nutrients deep into the skin for a smoother, cleaner and brighter complexion. $75.00 for 30 minutes or $125.00 for 60 minutes.

They are located at 2675 North Decatur in the professional building, suite 609. Call Nichole at 404 501 9170 ext.2011 to book your facial!​


Learn How to Prevent, Manage and Control Diabetes

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World Diabetes Day, the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign, is a great opportunity to learn how to prevent, manage or control diabetes. DeKalb Medical diabetes educators will be on hand to speak to staff about mindful eating, portion distortion and how to eat if living with diabetes. Diabetes Educators will be near the cafeteria at:

Downtown Decatur – Monday, November 13 from 11 a.m. -2 p.m.

North Decatur – Tuesday, November 14 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Hillandale – Thursday, November 16 from 11 a.m. -2 p.m.

Stop by to earn prizes and unite for diabetes awareness and action.

March of Dimes Recognized Three Nurse of the Year Finalists from DeKalb Medical


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Hundreds of applications across the defined categories ranging from Advanced Practice to NICU are reviewed and scored by high-ranking nurse leaders. Through this competitive process, finalists are then determined. The March of Dimes announced three DeKalb Medical nurses as 2017 Georgia Nurse of the Year finalists: (pictured left to right): Sarah Kalaf, Quality and Reporting Manager; Sharon Mawby, VP Patient Care Services & CNO; and Ryan Bannan, RN in ICU.

Ryan Bannan: “I was nominated as a ‘Rising Star’ in Georgia by my former Undergraduate Dean at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University, and it’s hard to express my gratitude for the recognition. Colleagues who are current and past nominees certainly represent the type of nurse I hope to become, and I credit my development so far with the people I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by. I chose to work at DeKalb Medical Center because of the approachable, professional, and incredibly supportive culture we have here, and I hope I can live up to the standards that this award and my ICU colleagues set for me. Onwards and upwards.”

Sharon Mawby: “Knowing that someone nominated me for my leadership skills is very humbling. As I think about my nursing career and what being a leader in nursing means to me – my focus has always been to help maintain a positive environment and culture which allows our staff to shine. They are the true heroes! Trust then follows, which opens the doors to innovation and sets the stage for quality care. Although being a Chief Nursing Officer is a very challenging role, every day I find myself grateful for the honor to serve my staff and patients.”



Nurse Residents Provide Donations to Atlanta Mission

Generous nurse residents from the Women & Infant Services department gathered items to benefit the Atlanta Mission. Diapers, baby wipes, toiletries, bottled water and more were donated to homeless women and children.

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Women & Infant Services staff (pictured left to right):

Afrah Abduallahi (NICU)

Alejandra Mendez (M/B)

Jackie Blascik (L&D)

Jeul October (M/B)

Kayley Scruggs (L&D)

Kim Hundgen (NICU)


Staff Scheduled to Perform at Light Up A Life Tree Lighting

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Staff and community members are invited to join DeKalb Medical for some family fun to kick off the holiday season! Enjoy live music from very talented staff, including Grover Evans, Manager of the Laundry Department, and Cathy Hardin, Executive Director of Human Resources from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on the front lawn. Refreshments will be served in anticipation of the main event- our tree lighting. Unique gingerbread creations will be on display and attendees may vote for their favorite.

A brief program begins at 6:30 p.m. and the tree lights will be turned on at 7 p.m.

Experience the joy of giving! Lights on the tree recognize, honor or remember loved ones. Community members are invited to make a donation online by visiting Donations will also be accepted at the tree lighting. Any amount is appreciated. Many staff make donations in honor of their co-workers. Each honoree receives a greeting card acknowledging the donation.

Guests may also take a peek at the newly-renovated Emergency Department reception area. The hospital is also accepting donations of new, plain t-shirts and drawstring or elastic sweat pants for its Emergency Department closet.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside the Dr. Bobbie Bailey Tower. Complimentary parking is available. For more information, call 404-501-WELL or visit

Light Up A Life Flyer.