Please Join Us at a Physician Town Hall

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

The DeKalb Medical and Emory Healthcare teams are making outstanding progress in our integration efforts, and we know you have many questions regarding the work done thus far, as well as future plans. Additionally, you are likely interested in obtaining details around the Emory/Kaiser Permanente agreement. We cordially invite you to attend one of the upcoming physician town halls, where we will address both topics and have the opportunity for open dialogue, feedback and questions.

The schedule of town halls is listed below:

Wednesday, June 20 from 6 -7 p.m. in the Hillandale Community Room


Tuesday, June 26 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at North Decatur Dr. Bobbie Bailey Tower Auditorium

We hope to see you there!

Bob and Jon

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 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


Hillandale and North Decatur Received Distinguished Awards for Its Stroke Program

Hillandale and North Decatur have received recognition from the American Heart Association for our Stroke Program. These awards are a reflection of the hardworking teams that believe optimizing patient care is a non-negotiable element.

Hillandale is being recognized as a community-hospital leader in stroke care with the Gold Plus designation.

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North Decatur has gone from “Gold Plus” to Gold Plus Target: Stroke Honor Roll”. This is a great achievement in the stroke world and we should be very proud. It is truly a reflection of this hospital’s commitment to the community.


These awards reflect our commitment in providing “the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes in the community.”

New Requirement Announced in Meaningful Use Stage 3

Meaningful Use Stage 3 is now requiring providers to reconcile (“Approve”) the patient problem list on all inpatients. This only needs to be done once per visit. 

  1. After you have added a new patient problem and/or reviewed the current problems on the list, click on the “Approve Pt. Problem List” icon meaningful use ain the toolbar.meaningful use 1
  2. Approving or reconciling the patient problem list can also be done in the following electronic notes under either the “Coded Medical or Surgical History” or “Diagnosis/Procedures” section:
  •   Hospitalists H&P
  •    Hospitalists Consult Note
  •    Hospitalists Discharge Summary
  •    Physician H&P
  •    Physician Consult Note
  •    Physician Discharge Summary

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  1. No matter which way you approve the patient problem list, once you have clicked the icon it will then be grayed.   If the icon is grayed out – it has been completed.

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DMPG Colorectal Southeast expands services to Hillandale area

DeKalb Medical Physicians Group Colorectal Southeast adds third office location with Hillandale addition. Their newest address is 5910 Hillandale Drive, Suite 205 in Lithonia, GA 30058. Colorectal Southeast also has offices in North Decatur and Snellville. Phone is 404.501.7490. Fax is 404.501.7430.

Colorectal Southeast treats malignant and benign conditions, inflammatory bowel disease and anal-rectal disorders for patients from age nine to 90.

Coincidently, both physicians at Colorectal Southeast, Drs. Mayer and Angel, also both completed their undergraduate degree at Columbia University. Dr. Angel received her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, while Mayer completed his at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Both completed their surgical residencies at Mt. Sinai and were colorectal surgical fellows at other institutions.

Get to know the team at Colorectal Southeast by watching this video or visiting their website to learn more.

IT Department Warns of Email Security Threats

According to our Information Security and Privacy department, we have seen an increase in fake emails. Beware, if you get an email with a link that leads to a website where you are asked to disclose information. This is considered a form of Social Engineering. To keep you and your information safe, the IT department has provided the following tips:

Social engineering is a process of tricking or manipulating someone into giving out sensitive information without the person realizing they have been manipulated.   Social engineering remains one of the greatest vulnerabilities for our organization and in our personal lives.

Phishing is a social engineering technique that is used to illegally acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords , security codes, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

Phishing often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one. These fake sites or emails will often include a company logo that you are familiar with and appear to come from a known email address. Phishing is used to gain trust in the user since the user may not be able to tell that the site being visited or program being used is not real. Remember: NEVER respond to e-mails asking for sensitive information. ALWAYS take precaution when entering sensitive information on the internet.

Remember: Don’t Be Tricked Into Releasing Sensitive Information!