DeKalb Medical Stands Up to Tropical Storm Irma

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Thanks to the foresight, team work and implementation efforts of DeKalb Medical leadership and staff, we weathered Tropical Storm Irma quite masterfully. “I would like to thank everyone for their patience and leadership throughout the last couple of days,” said Kim Bentley, Vice President, Administrator at Hillandale. Kim was the administrator on call who lead the efforts in keeping our system functional. Russell Richardson, Director of Security, led the communication efforts with continual storm updates. This was a huge effort involving almost all staff at some level. Because of the pre-planning, very few DeKalb Medical services were interrupted.

Here are a few highlights of efforts leading up to and during the storm events:

  • Laundry put in 15 hours last Sunday to make sure we had clean laundry available through Tuesday at all campuses.
  • Patient Care Services maintained staffing levels despite transportation challenges.
  • Building Services, Engineering, BioMed, EVS, IT kept all facilities and operations running smoothly throughout power surges, leaks and other issues.
  • Only a few medical procedures were postponed Monday afternoon.
  • Cancer Center Infusion revised schedules and will be working this Saturday to fulfill four-day infusions.
  • Wellness Center hours were amended to keep members safe and off the roads.

Maternity Department Renewed as a Center of Excellence by BCBS

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DeKalb Medical is proud that the Maternity Center has received a two-year renewal as a Center of Excellence from Blue Cross Blue Shield.

“We are incredibly proud and honored to have met the rigorous criteria required to obtain this designation”, said Rose Horton Executive Director of DeKalb Medical’s Maternity Services. “It speaks to the commitment of our staff in providing excellent outcomes for our patients.”

This designation evaluates hospitals on several quality measures including early elective inductions, a practice that has been associated with increased admission to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

DeKalb medical is committed to providing evidence based care.

Physicians and Sponsors Reach Fundraising Goal at Foundation Golf Tournament!

The 23rd annual Charles B. Eberhart Memorial Golf Classic raised a record $210,000 in corporate sponsorships to support much-needed renovations to DeKalb Medical’s surgical suites.

Nearly 170 golfers participated in the event, which was hosted by the DeKalb Medical Foundation Monday, Aug. 28, Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek.

Many physicians participated in foursomes with sponsors. If you’re interested in participating in the 2018 golf tournament, email

Title Sponsor – BakerHostetler  DMF CBE BakerHostetler Group C(226)

Title Sponsor – Bendin Sumrall & Ladner  BendinSumrallLadner

Titanium Sponsor – American Medical Response (AMR) AMR

Check out some of our sponsors and foursomes:

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Organizers for the tournament were grateful for the generous support of the event sponsors, including Bendin, Sumrall & Ladner, and BakerHostetler, who served as the tournament’s Title Sponsors. American Medical Response (AMR) supported this event for the third consecutive year, serving as the tournament’s Titanium Sponsor; and EPIC Response and Medline Industries were the Golden Eagle Sponsors. The tournament was followed by an awards banquet sponsored by Aetna; Atlanta Consulting Group; RL Solutions; SJ Collins Enterprises; and UnitedHealthcare.

Matt Nichols, Senior Sales Representative at Surgical Specialties of Georgia, which served as one of the Bronze Par Sponsors of the tournament, said that his company is proud to be a part of the future of DeKalb Medical.

“As a local business, we know the importance of giving back to the community. DeKalb Medical has been a great part of our success as a company, so we want to be a part of the hospital’s success in return,” he said. “We are especially proud to be supporting such an important project that will enhance the patient experience at DeKalb.”

Funds raised through the tournament DeKalb Medical’s surgical suite renovation project. Improvements to the operating rooms 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.

DeKalb Medical Becomes First in Metro Atlanta to Offer Nitrous Oxide for Women in Labor

mother babyWomen in labor at DeKalb Medical now have a new option to manage pain. Nitrous oxide, frequently used in dentist’s offices, has been proven advantageous for pain relief during labor. DeKalb Medical is the first hospital in metro Atlanta and the second in Georgia to offer Nitrous Oxide. Northeast Georgia Medical Center became the first in August of 2016.

“Patients like using nitrous oxide because it’s safe for them and their baby. It is self-administered and allows women to manage the discomfort of labor and post-birth while remaining alert and conscious,” said Rose Horton, Executive Director of DeKalb Medical’s Maternity Services.

Nitrous oxide takes the edge off a mother’s intense contractions during labor while maintaining the feel and awareness of natural child birth. It is also a good option for mothers who arrive too late to receive an epidural or those that cannot have an epidural because of other medical issues.

To learn more about this option for relieving pain during labor, visit

DeKalb Medical Awards Employees, Teens and Volunteens with Scholarships

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Representing diverse roles and backgrounds, eleven scholarships were awarded during DeKalb Medical Foundation’s annual scholarship awards reception held on July 18.

The Audrey and Jack Morgan Foundation Scholarship was awarded to DeKalb Medical employees who want to pursue educational opportunities and enhance their skills and contributions to the community.  The 2017 winners are: Melissa Waters, Outpatient Rehab Services/North Decatur, who will attend the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Program and Videostroboscopy Certified Training Program; Shatavia Smith, Revenue Integrity/North Decatur, who will receive additional training at Chronicles Billing School;

Jodean LaPointe, Cancer Center Clinical Trials/North Decatur, who will attend the Chamberlain College of Nursing; and Bayyinah Muhammad, Obstetrics Education/North Decatur, who also will attend the Chamberlain College of Nursing.

The Dr. Gulshan S. Harjee Scholarships were awarded to five high school seniors to help them pursue their dreams of serving in the healthcare field. The following students were presented with the scholarship: Sarah Perling, Dunwoody High School, who will attend Furman University; Asma Khimani, Parkview High School, who will attend Georgia State University; Isaiah Boyd, Union Grove High School, who will attend Kennesaw State University; Chandler Knight, North Paulding High School, who will attend the University of West Georgia; and Fahad Paryani, Lakeside High School, who will attend the University of California, Berkley.

The DeKalb Medical Auxiliary Teen Scholarship was awarded to two rising college freshmen this year. The Volunteen program gives high school students an opportunity to test potential careers, gain experience that might help them get into the college of their choice and learn what it is like to work in a hospital setting. Members of the Volunteen program, Amirah Clarke, a graduate of South Gwinnett High School who will attend Agnes Scott College this fall, and Amayah Outlaw, who graduated from the DeKalb School of the Arts and will attend Valdosta State University.

Physician Updates

Zaman, Saif (web)General Surgeon Joins DeKalb Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Saif Zaman, MD is joining DMPG as a general orthopedic surgeon at DeKalb Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in September. He will see patients at both office locations.


Decatur office

505 Irvin Court

Suite 200

Decatur, GA 30030

Phone: 404.294.4111

Fax: 404.292.3505

Hillandale office 8225 Mall Parkway

Suite 150

Lithonia, GA 30038

Phone: 770.482.3241

Fax: 770.482.3243 


Desai_Neal (for print)Interventional Radiologist Joins

Neal Desai, MD is joining Radiology Associates of DeKalb, PC as an Interventional and Diagnostic Radiologist. Their office is located at:

DeKalb Medical

2701 North Decatur Road,

Decatur, GA 30033

Phone: 404.564.5400