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December 2013


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Major Leadership Appointments, Activities and Achievements

Erica Lee has been chosen to Chair Emory’s Committee for Open Expression.


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Honors, Awards, Rankings

Pam Eilender was selected for the SOM Junior Faculty Development Course.

Kerry Ressler has been awarded the 2014 Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award.

Quality and Safety Initiatives and Capital Campaign Initiatives

HBIPS: What is it? TJC and CMS require that certain core measures for quality be evaluated at hospitals; HBIPS is one of the core measure sets that applies specifically to psychiatry inpatient. The individual items relate to the following: (1) Admission screening, (2) Physical restraint use hours, (3) Seclusion use hours, (4) Multiple antipsychotic medications with appropriate indication, (5) Post discharge continuing care plan created (admit diagnosis, care plan, recommendations, discharge medications with indications, referral to next provider of care, and principal discharge diagnosis, (6) Post discharge continuing care plan transmitted to next provider of care within 5 days of discharge. Why is this important? (1) As most of these measures are evidenced based, improved scores should reflect increased patient quality of care. (2) The trend is for pay for performance and these core measures will be tied to a 2.5% Medicare reimbursement.

Psychiatry named top performer for HBIPS compliance: Emory Wesley Woods Hospital has been named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the U.S. Emory Wesley Woods was recognized as a Top Performer for exemplary performance in its hospital-based inpatient psychiatry unit by using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care. Hospitals that were named top performers achieved and sustained excellence in accountability measure performance data for 2012. These hospitals had to demonstrate a cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures, among other performance standards. A 95% score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities.

The Adult Inpatient unit successfully moved to Wesley Woods with great appreciation to the attendings, residents, and nursing staff.

Community Benefit Programs and Activities

Jeff Rakofsky handed out acoustic guitars to representatives of various Metro Atlanta psychiatric facilities, as part of the Sean Costello Memorial Fund (SCMF) for Bipolar Research’s Winter project, “Treatment in Tune.” The guitars are gifts to the facilities, and in line with SCMF’s mission, are intended to support the creativity and healing for patients residing within these facilities. SCMF hosted a luncheon at the Emory Conference Center where the presentation of the guitars was made. Tammy Saah and Monica Ward were present to accept the guitars on behalf of the Emory university inpatient unit and the Grady inpatient unit, respectively.

We have established 3 new specific funds for giving in the Department. These are for: Psychiatry Gifts –Education, Psychoanalytic Philanthropy Fund, and Child Psychiatry Fellowship Support. There is the general Psychiatry Gift Fund as well that will benefit all programs in the Department. If anyone is interested in supporting these funds, please follow the instructions on the website or go to


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Emory in the Media

Brian Dias and Kerry Ressler: (1) BBC - Memories pass between generations

Andy Miller: (1) USA Today – Immune system may play crucial role in mental health

Other Accomplishments

The Emory Neurobehavior and Exposure Clinic (ENEC), a part of the Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development Program directed by Claire D. Coles, PhD, received a gift of $50,000 from the Spray Foundation in November, 2013, to continue the work of educating young professionals to work with alcohol-affected children and their families.  

The Fuqua Center will receive a grant from the Jesse Parker Williams Foundation for $110,000 to continue its work in systems change related to psychiatric care of older adults in affordable housing.

Psychiatry hit the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction goal and received a certificate for achieving a Significant Improvement of 88.4 to 92.3 for the 4th quarter of FY13.


Nemeth, C. L., Haroon, E. and Neigh, G. N. (2013). Heartsick: psychiatric and inflammatory implications of cerebromicrovascular disease. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1002/gps.4046

Rapport, D. J., Paul, P., McGrady, A., Kaplish, D., McGinnis, R., & Whearty, K. (2013). Comparing treatment outcomes of bipolar patients between psychiatry residents and attending physicians. Academic Psychiatry, 37, 329-331. DOI: 10.1176/appi.ap.11120220


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