Emory University Hospital | 100 Great Hospitals in America 2015

Emory University Hospital (Atlanta). The history of Emory University Hospital dates back to 1904, when its predecessor, Wesley Memorial Hospital, was chartered with 50 beds. The hospital was housed in a downtown Atlanta mansion that had been spared from destruction during the Civil War. By November 1922, the hospital was too large for its quarters and moved to its current DeKalb County site on the Emory University campus.

The 579-bed hospital, which is named for Bishop John Emory, became Emory University Hospital in the 1930s and is recognized as one of the nation's leaders in cardiology and cardiac surgery, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics and transplantation. Emory University Hospital achieved national rankings in 10 adult specialties examined by U.S. News & World Report in its 2014-15 rankings. It ranked No. 15 in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery and No. 16 in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery. It is considered the No. 1 hospital in Georgia and the Atlanta metro area by U.S. News & World Report.

Emory University Hospital is situated near the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and played a large role in the treatment of Americans with Ebola virus disease during the 2014-15 outbreak — for instance, staff in the hospital's isolation unit successfully treated several Americans who had Ebola, like Kent Brantly, MD, an American missionary, and Amber Vinson, a nurse who contracted Ebola in Dallas. Emory's isolation unit was built in collaboration with the CDC to treat patients with serious infectious disease. It's one of four such isolation units in the nation.


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