The coming year will mark the completion of extensive renovations in Emory Eye Center's clinical and educational areas
In 2011, beginning on the tunnel level, our Learning Resources Center and Calhoun Auditorium were renovated. Following that, in 2012, the third floor—our busiest clinical area—was gutted and remodeled, resulting in a spacious, streamlined and welcoming clinical space, complete with a vintage French art poster collection donated by Ron and Barbara Balser.
This year we are renovating the entire fourth floor for those services that concentrate on the orbit, optic nerve, and visual pathways. These services include the sections of neuro-ophthalmology, glaucoma, oculoplastics, the visual field testing rooms and administrative offices.
These new and improved spaces will enable Emory Eye Center to better serve patients and their families, while creating a beautiful, functional working environment for our employees.
Let the sunshine in
In our 2011-12 Emory Eye magazine, we published an article on the significant help that Advisory Board member Charles Darnell, retired executive vice-president of Lithonia Lighting, Inc., provided in the lighting design of our third floor clinic renovation. His wise suggestion of dimmable fluorescent lighting placed behind the coves in each exam room has provided beautiful indirect lighting and a more pleasant experience for our patients. This year, again, he’s done what he does best— helping tackle a tricky lighting problem in the newly renovated oculoplastics clinic on the fourth floor.
To better see and evaluate, oculoplastics specialist Ted Wojno was accustomed to escorting his patients into his office for the natural light provided by his large window. This enabled him to see the patients better than in artificial, “sterile” light, as he says. “Natural sunlight enables me to see their proper skin tones,” explains Wojno.
The recently renovated oculoplastics rooms are interior with no windows, so the challenge was given to Darnell and his lighting team to design an LED light for the new plastics exam rooms.
The custom light is housed in a bowl apparatus with a dimmer to adjust intensity. But just as important, its wavelength can easily be adjusted to simulate a range from moonlight to sunlight. Wojno and his patients are most appreciative. “The simulated sunlight really helps me see my patients in a natural light,” Wojno happily reports. This is especially important in the aesthetically charged subspecialty of oculoplastics.
The entire oculoplastics team is thrilled, says Eye Center director Timothy Olsen. “This is the best lighting for their purposes ever. It even works after the sun goes down . . . much like Charles himself.”
EUH — a new wing
Construction is underway for Emory University Hospital’s (EUH) new nine-story hospital bed tower, referred to as the “J wing.” Located in the former green space in front our Clinic, Building B, the new addition to the existing hospital will include 210 inpatient beds, a combination of new and existing beds that the hospital will relocate from the current building.
The new building also will include operating rooms and various ancillary services. The J wing will rest on an underground, four-level parking deck, which will provide 400 to 600 spaces for cars. Importantly, the new wing will create a new and exciting “sense of arrival” for the Emory Eye Center and Building B. Projected for completion in 2016, occupancy should occur in 2017.
New LASIK option broadens candidate base
After waiting on industry developments to fully mature, Emory Vision now offers bladeless (femtosecond) LASIK. Cornea specialist and refractive surgeon Brad Randleman reports that outcomes using the new technology are excellent. Emory surgeons are evaluating a variety of factors and are finding the overall technology superior to Emory’s already outstanding LASIK outcomes since opening Emory Vision in 2004.
“Femtosecond LASIK has allowed certain patients who were not candidates in the past for LASIK with a microkeratome to be excellent candidates now,” says Randleman.
Emory Vision is located at The Emory Clinic Perimeter on Atlanta’s north side.
Emory Healthcare acquires Paces Plastic Surgery
Emory Healthcare recently acquired Paces Plastic Surgery Center in the Buckhead area. Emory has had an ongoing relationship with the surgeons who practice there for many years, and the acquisition is a natural next step in developing a presence in the northwest metro area. Focusing on a multidisciplinary approach to aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, The Emory Aesthetics Center at Paces now includes members of Emory Eye Center's oculoplastic section, bringing oculoplastic surgery and cosmetic treatments to the location together with general plastic surgery, facial plastics and ENT surgeons.
Emory Eye Center's oculoplastics physicians H. Joon Kim and Brent Haye provide consultation and various rejuvenating procedures.
Services offered include:
- Eyelid lifts and other treatments for sagging/baggy appearance (blepharoplasty) Asian blepharoplasty (double eyelid surgery)
- Eyebrow/forehead and cheek lifts
- Rejuvenating procedures: Botox®, Restylane®, Juvederm®
- Fillers and Peels
- Laser treatments for pigment spots, hair, rosacea, and skin resurfacing
New clinic on Atlanta’s northside
In October, Emory Eye Center joined many other up-and-coming companies and business ventures that have migrated to the burgeoning area of Johns Creek and Cumming. Housed within Emory at Cumming Family Practice, formerly a St. Joseph’s Medical Group clinic, the new ophthalmology clinic will offer neighboring community members access to an Emory ophthalmologist near their home.
Vandana C. Reddy, MD will see patients in the new location on Peachtree Parkway and joins three primary care physicians practicing there.