Development Across North Decatur Road Provides Opportunity for DeKalb Medical Improvements

The development occurring across North Decatur Road is coming along and many of the restaurants and services are scheduled to open in September. The Whole Foods store plans to open in mid December. SJ Collins, the developer, is working with the hospital and county to improve hospital access along North Decatur Road. A traffic light will be installed at Wash Lively Circle (one-way onto campus) and North Decatur Road.

Construction begins next Thursday, June 21. That evening, both lanes entering the hospital on Wash Lively Circle will be closed from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. From June 22 until July 18, one lane on Wash lively Circle will remain closed outside the Diagnostic Imaging Center (DIC). Entrances to parking for the DIC and professional buildings will remain open.

In early August, when the improvements are complete, the east end of Wash Lively Circle will become two-way and the traffic light will assist people entering or leaving campus. The west side of Wash Lively (by the Dr. Bobbie Bailey Tower) will continue to be one-way leading off campus, but those exiting must turn right onto North Decatur Road.

Signs will be posted to direct patients and visitors, but please notify anyone coming on campus that we will have construction going on. Feel free to route visitors onto campus from Winn Way or Sycamore.

We will continue to provide updates as construction progresses. Thank you for your patience as work takes place on these improvements.

 

Emory Healthcare Collaboration with Kaiser Permanente

This message is sent on behalf of Robert E. Wilson, CEO, DeKalb Medical; and Jonathan S. Lewin, MD, FACR, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Emory Healthcare  

Dear Colleagues,  

We wanted to inform you that, earlier this morning, Emory Healthcare announced that it has reached an agreement with Kaiser Permanente to collaborate in advancing patient- and family-centered care in metro Atlanta and beyond through the development of a new care model. Beginning this fall, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown will become the primary hospitals for Kaiser Permanente physicians and members in the Atlanta market.

Kaiser Permanente members will receive care at the two Emory hospitals by The Southeast Permanente Medical Group (TSPMG) physicians who will be on staff and oversee their members’ care experience with support from Emory’s excellent nursing, advanced practice provider, clinical and support staff. They will be additionally supported by Emory Clinic, Emory Specialty Associates and private practice providers for designated specialty care needs.

Some exceptions, such as labor and delivery services, which will be provided at Northside Hospital, will remain in place. Additionally, Kaiser Permanente members will receive care at other Emory facilities when it is considered the best location for that care, as referred by TSPMG physicians.

DeKalb Medical is joining the Emory Healthcare family at a truly exciting time! Both Emory Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente share DeKalb’s commitment to quality, value and exceptional care. This new initiative will not only bolster the efforts of our individual organizations, but it will serve as a national care model for other health systems in Georgia and beyond.

While the timing of the agreement with Kaiser Permanente may coincide with our transition at DeKalb, please be assured that both Emory and DeKalb teams continue to be focused on our integration efforts. We have made significant progress thus far, and look forward to officially coming together in the coming months.

We know that you may have questions regarding this agreement and look forward to providing you with further information at future forums. Thank you for your commitment to patient care and support of each other!

Bob and Jon

 

 

WinWin! With You Applauds Preston Imhof, DO; Janice C. Lim, MD and Kinzi V. Shewmake, MD

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Preston Imhof, DO

Dr. Imhof of DeKalb Medical Physicians Group Atlanta ENT Specialists is being recognized with a five star rating from one of her patients.

Patient comment: “Dr. Imhof really helped me out. I was having major issues with one of my ears for several months and he diagnosed the problem and solved it in about 30 minutes. My only regret is that I didn’t visit him sooner! Thank you so much Doc!” 

Janice C. Lim, MD

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

Patient comment: “My husband and I saw Dr. Lim. We both liked her very much. Dr. Lim is very kind, professional, caring, smart and very knowledgeable. She explained the test results to us patiently.” 

Kinzi V. Shewmake, MD

Dr. Shewmake of DeKalb Medical Physicians Group Miller Grove Primary Care is being recognized with a five star rating.

Patient comment: “I have been visiting Dr. Shewmake since the beginning of the year and she is nothing short of remarkable! So professional, extremely detailed, totally caring, and doesn’t mind spending time to talk you through your visit. I always feel good coming and leaving my appointments because she TRULY individualizes your visit, and remembers the small things. Dr. Shewmake is just amazing! Her team is also very pleasant, super warm, and inviting! Thank you!!”

WinWin! With You Applauds Marie Lightbourne, MD and Shahid Rafique, MD

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Marie Lightbourne, MD

Dr. Lightbourne of DeKalb Medical Physicians Group Lenora Church Family Medicine is being recognized with a five star rating from one of her patients.

Patient comment: “Dr. Lightbourne has been my doctor for nine and a half years. She has always given me the very best care. She has always been very professional and she has the best staff.” 

Shahid Rafique, MD

Dr. Rafique of DeKalb Medical Physicians Group Lenora Church Family Medicine is being recognized with a five star rating from one of her patients. 

Patient comment: “The best doctor I have ever had taking care of my family.”