Dr. Bryce Gartland and Jim Forstner discuss the Emory partnership on WSB Radio’s “The Weekly Check-up.”

Dr. Bryce Gartland, Emory Healthcare Hospital Group President and Co-Chief of Clinical Operations, and Jim Forstner, CEO of Emory Decatur Hospital, Emory Hillandale Hospital and Emory Long-term Acute Care, discussed value-based care and how the Emory Healthcare/DeKalb Medical partnership benefits the community.


More than 100 women seen at annual breast cancer screening event

Breast event collageOn Saturday, October 6, Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital hosted its annual breast cancer screenings day to provide exams and mammograms.

A total of 125 women were seen. Many thanks to the physicians who gave their time to participate: Davina Dansby, M.D.; Tonya Echols Cole, M.D.; Carmen Echols, M.D.; Gulshan Harjee, M.D.; Kristi Kinsey-Gotier, M.D.; Caryn Johnson, M.D.; Sean McGrath, M.D.; Arpan Patel, M.D.; Qammar Rashid, M.D.; and David Sheppard, M.D.


Foundation Golf Tournament Raises Record Amount for Hospital Surgical Suites

golfThe 24rd annual Charles B. Eberhart Memorial Golf Classic raised a record $212,000 in corporate sponsorships to support much-needed renovations to the surgical suites at Emory Decatur Hospital (EDH) and Emory Hillandale Hospital (EHH). The hospitals were formerly DeKalb Medical at North Decatur and DeKalb Medical at Hillandale. The DeKalb Medical system became part of Emory Healthcare on September 1.

Nearly 200 golfers participated in the event, which was hosted by the DeKalb Medical Foundation Monday, Aug. 27, Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek.

Generous corporate support made this annual event possible. Bendin, Sumrall & Ladner served as the tournament’s Title Sponsors. Organizers for the event were grateful for the support of several new sponsors, including Emory Healthcare, which served as a first-time Titanium Sponsor. Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service also served as a Titanium Sponsor. The tournament was followed by an awards banquet sponsored by new supporters Advanced Urology Institute of Georgia and Southern Refreshment Services, as well as Atlanta Consulting Group; Atlas Settlement Group; EPIC Response; Pinnacle 33 Signage Solutions; RL Solutions, and Scott Steinberg, M.D.

Funds raised through the tournament will fund the hospitals’ surgical suite renovation project. Improvements to the O.R. will include new equipment, such as tables, monitors and updated lighting. This new environment will streamline surgical procedures, reduce wait times and provide our patients with better care supported by the most advanced technology.

Contributions to the DeKalb Medical Foundation will continue to fund the three-hospital unit, Emory Decatur Hospital, Emory Hillandale Hospital and Emory Long-Term Acute Care.

Donations for the surgical suite renovation project are still being accepted, click here to donate.

The Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition (GABCC) Makes $10,000 pledge to the DeKalb Medical Foundation

Pictured from left to right: Jennie Palmer, Executive Director, GABCC; Sheryl Cherico, President, GABCC; Elisabeth Nark, Executive Director, DeKalb Medical Foundation; and Catherine Landerman, Manager, Imaging Diagnostics, Breast Center.

The gift, the first from GABCC, will help lower-income women in the community receive much-needed breast care.

Founded in 1994 by breast cancer survivors, the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund is a non-profit education and advocacy organization that brings together individuals and organizations in Georgia with a commitment to ending this devastating disease.

Sheryl Cherico, President of GABCC, is a breast cancer survivor who underwent treatment at DeKalb Medical, and was grateful for the “excellent care” she received. Her physician, Gulshan Harjee, M.D., is also a GABCC Board member. Cherico said that GABCC is shifting its mission to include patient assistance, which will help women undergoing treatment for breast cancer with help with transportation, bills and groceries.

Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital offer comprehensive breast care through a unique, patient-centered approach to rapid diagnosis and treatment of breast problems. The breast care specialists help women understand the importance of regular screenings and, when those screenings detect something unusual, of prompt follow-up and action. This focus on breast health management allows women to take a proactive role in preventing and recognizing breast health issues.

Physician and Practice Updates

Megan Skelley, NP-C joins Emory at Decatur Primary Care (formerly DeKalb Medical Physicians Group Winn Way) in October. She began work as a nurse clinician at Emory University Hospital focused on cardiology and has more recently expanded her expertise to include diabetic health, patient education and the treatment of acute and/or chronically ill adult patients.


Welcome New Physicians

As of October 2018

Internal Medicine

LeAnthony A.Hardy, MD


Tunisia F. Cornelius, MD


Yogin P. Patel, MD


Luis A. Quinones, MD


Shirley A. Harris, MD

Johnny Jones III, MD

Jeffrie L. Kamean, MD

Kavitha Gopal, MD


John A. Ruch, DPM


Gary H. Belt, MD

Srinath Kadimi, MD

Sara C. Shuler, MD

Emory Decatur Hospital Hospitalist

Soo H. Namgoong, MD


Amanda L. Swickard, PA

Emergency Medicine

Jonathan L. Goss, MD

Sar S. Medoff, MD

Bernard Simelton, Jr., MD

Medical Staff Meetings


17 GI Section, 12:15 p.m., Board Room or Private Dining Room, Quarterly, Wednesday

17 Pediatrics, 6:45 p.m., Board Room or Auditorium, 3rd Tuesday

17 Podiatry, 6:00 p.m., Auditorium, Quarterly, 3rd Tuesday

17 Podiatry Residency Training Committee, after podiatry section meeting

22 Professional Practice Evaluation Committee (PPEC), 6:00 p.m., DQI (N. Decatur), Admin Conference Room (Hillandale), 4th Monday

25 System Credentials Committee, 5:00 p.m., Board Room or Auditorium, Monthly, 4th Wednesday

25 Multidisciplinary Committee, 7:30 a.m., 4040 Classroom, Women’s Center, 4th Thursday

26 Cardiology Section, 7:00 a.m., Board Room or Private Dining Room, Quarterly, 4th Friday