Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA
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Employer Spotlight: Emory University Hospital, Atlanta

From Centennial Olympic Park to its southern fried chicken, Atlanta boasts unique entertainment and flair for healthcare professionals seeking new opportunities. Emory University Hospital is one of the nation’s most prestigious medical institutions and attracts many nurses, research professionals and allied health professionals worldwide. Explore what it’s like to work at this distinguished academic facility in this employer spotlight.

Overview of Emory University Hospital

Emory University Hospital, located near the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, is a teaching hospital exclusively staffed by Emory University School of Medicine faculty. Emory was previously a local hospital known as Wesley Memorial Hospital and housed in an Atlanta mansion spared during the Civil War. Wesley Memorial expanded in 1922, moved to its current location in east Atlanta and changed its name to Emory University Hospital in the mid-1930s.

As part of Emory Healthcare, Emory University Hospital is a national leader in oncology, neurology, cardiology and heart surgery. It ranked No. 1 on the 2023-24 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Hospitals rankings for Georgia and Atlanta. Two other Emory Healthcare facilities received prestigious rankings on the same report. Emory University Hospital Midtown ranked No. 4 and Emory Johns Creek Hospital ranked No. 8 in Georgia.

Today, Emory University Hospital covers over 450,000 square feet and has 646 beds. Its service extensions include two nearby facilities, the Emory University Orthopedics & Spine Hospital and Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods. It has many local partnerships with organizations like the CDC, Georgia Institute of Technology and Grady Memorial Hospital. Emory University Hospital boasts competitive fellowships, medical residencies and research opportunities to attract healthcare professionals from around the world.

Mission, Vision and Principles

According to Emory University Hospital’s website, its mission is to “serve humanity by improving health through the integration of education, discovery and health care.” The hospital is dedicated to providing its patients with the best possible care through quality care, transparency and service excellence.

Emory Healthcare’s website defines its vision as being “the leading academic health science center in transforming health and healing through education, discovery, prevention and care.”

Emory Healthcare strives to exemplify excellence, innovation and collaboration. It aims to treat everyone with respect and compassion while embracing diversity and integrity. Another value it lists is to “steward our resources responsibly to optimize value.”

Awards, Honors and Accreditations

Awarded for its research and innovation, Emory University Hospital has earned a multitude of awards, honors and accreditations. Atlanta magazine ranked many Emory physicians on its 2023 “Top Doctors” list, and Forbes ranked the hospital No. 55 out of 500 on its list of America’s Best Large Employers for 2022.

Emory University Hospital earned its third Magnet recognition for nursing excellence in 2023 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Magnet Recognition Program is a voluntary application recognizing nurses for providing outstanding, collaborative care and advances in nursing practice standards. Four other Emory Healthcare hospitals have earned Magnet designations, making it the only health system in Georgia to hold this achievement.

Additional certifications, accreditations and accolades Emory University Hospital has earned include:

  • Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence for its Cardiac Catheterization Lab
  • Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and The Joint Commission
  • Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the ACC Accreditation Management Board
  • Hospital Accreditation by The Joint Commission on Health Care Organizations
  • Recognized in 2019 by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program for achieving excellence in surgical patient care outcomes

The hospital is the largest organ transplant center in Georgia. In 2014, it was the first U.S. hospital to treat patients with the Ebola virus.

Top Specialties at Emory University Hospital

Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA
Source: Emory University, CC BY 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

Emory University Hospital provides comprehensive patient care, ranging from complex medical cases to emergency care. The 2023-24 U.S. News & World Report ranked five of Emory University Hospital’s specialties among the top in the country, including:

  • No. 36 Urology
  • No. 41 Geriatrics
  • No. 45 Cancer Care
  • No. 46 Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • No. 50 Obstetrics & Gynecology

Four additional specialties where this hospital provides expertise and ranked as high-performing included:

  • Cardiology, Heart & Vascular Surgery: Offers over 20 subspecialties and is involved in translational research to be at the forefront of cutting-edge cardiovascular technologies.
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery: Provides gastroenterology services ranging from pancreaticobiliary diseases to digestive health and liver transplant.
  • Orthopedics: Official sports medicine providers for popular sports teams, including the Atlanta Falcons, Braves, Dream and Hawks.
  • Pulmonology & Lung Surgery: Provides a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including pulmonary sleep medicine, and houses Georgia’s only lung transplant program.

Other specialties include diagnostic radiology, mental health, oncology, research and clinical trials to serve its patients and communities. 

Working at Emory University Hospital

As a top Atlanta Hospital, Emory University Hospital offers many employment opportunities for physicians, researchers, nurses and allied health professionals. Emory Healthcare’s comprehensive benefits provide flexibility and high-quality coverage.

Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Emory Healthcare’s website states, “Together, we must ensure Emory Healthcare offers an environment that is inclusive and sensitive to the needs of our patients, families and our employees and provider teams without regard to race, color, gender, religion or sexual/gender orientations and expressions.”

The organization strives to live its core culture competency principles of respect, dignity, inclusion, collaboration and celebration. In 2023, Emory Healthcare earned a top spot on Forbes’ America’s Best Employers for Women list for its sixth consecutive year.

Benefits and Other Perks

Emory Healthcare provides its employees with competitive benefits and a broad network of health and wellness services. Some of its benefits and perks include:

  • Three medical plan options, including a Health Savings Account, Point of Service or Kaiser Permanente Plan
  • Two dental plan options, including PPO and DMO, with 100% preventative care coverage
  • Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts
  • 403b Retirement savings plan with employer match, all eligible employees receive a 2% employer contribution regardless if they’re contributing to the plan
  • Short-term disability coverage at 60% of weekly base pay
  • Long-term disability coverage at no cost to the employee after one year of eligible service
  • Tuition reimbursement for full and part-time employees up to an annual maximum
  • Childcare and fitness facility discounts
  • Legal services through Hyatt Group Legal
  • Home and car insurance discounts through MetLife Auto and Home Insurance

Nursing Programs at Emory University Hospital

Affiliated with Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University Hospital is committed to its new and experienced nurses. Its dedication to nursing excellence, research and high practice standards shines through its nursing programs, including the following.

Professional Lattice for Advancement in Nursing (PLAN) Program

Also known as PLAN, this program outlines goals and achievements for Emory nurses to earn their education and advance their careers. They can participate in mentoring programs and clinical education and explore new positions.

Internal Travel Nursing Program

Tailored to nurses seeking scheduling flexibility, the Internal Travel Nursing Program allows its nurses to float between any of the 10 Emory Healthcare hospital locations. As an internal travel nurse, you still reap the benefits of a robust healthcare system.

Nurse Residency Program

Take your first step into professional practice with Emory’s Nurse Residency Program, accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. New graduate nurses gain additional insight into leadership, quality, safety and professional roles.

Travel Nursing at Emory University Hospital

Emory University Hospital is a top Atlanta hospital and provides unique travel nursing experiences. As a travel nurse, you can work at one of the nation’s renowned medical institutions while exploring the diverse City of Atlanta.

Atlanta boasts a rich cultural scene with museums and unique experiences. From its highly sought-after neighborhoods to quiet city parks, it provides a one-of-a-kind experience for healthcare professionals seeking an urban lifestyle.

Atlanta also offers numerous staff nursing opportunities and travel nursing jobs with attractive salaries. Staff nursing salaries averaged $35.39 per hour, and travel nursing wages were about $2,136 per week in mid-August 2023. Use Vivian’s salary tool to see how these pay rates stack up to other healthcare facilities and locations.

Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA
Source: Daniel Mayer, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Getting to Work

Commuting to Emory University Hospital is a breeze with the many nearby transportation options, including train, bus, rideshare and walking. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), a system of buses and rail trains throughout the Atlanta metro area, stops at Emory University Hospital. Emory Healthcare provides parking and public transportation reimbursement to its commuter employees. The Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and MARTA system make traveling convenient for travel and staff nurses alike. 

On-Campus and Nearby Amenities

Emory University Hospital has several on-campus amenities, like a gift shop, coffee cafe and snack machines. It’s connected by cobblestone pathways to the beautiful Emory University campus and by a pedestrian bridge to the Emory-Children’s Center. The famous Fernbank Science Center and Michael C. Carlos Museum are also located nearby.

Contact Information

Emory University Hospital
1364 Clifton Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30322
(404) 712-2000

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Amanda Marten, MSN, FNP-C

Amanda Marten MSN, FNP-C is a freelance nurse writer and a certified family nurse practitioner. With 10 years of nursing experience, she's worked in a variety of specialties, including urgent care, travel nursing, post-surgical and intensive care. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, outdoor activities and spending time with her friends and family.

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