Emory Critical Care Center
Critical care at Emory was consolidated under the banner of the Emory Critical Care Center (ECCC) in 2009, with Dr. Timothy Buchman serving as the ECCC's founding director. The center's mandate was to integrate intensive care units throughout the Emory Healthcare system with the goal of delivering the highest quality, value, and access to critical care for patients in the southeastern U.S.
The ECCC's current director is Dr. Craig Coopersmith. Its multidisciplinary staff includes intensive care physicians, critical care nurses, and affiliate nurse practitioner and physician assistant providers. This core is further enhanced by pharmacists, respiratory therapists, nutrition support specialists, and consultant physicians representing dozens of medical specialties, all of whom have specialized interests, training, and advanced competency in the care of the critically ill patient.
The ECCC currently offers adult surgical intensive care, medical intensive care, cardiothoracic surgical intensive care, neuroscience critical care, and cardiac care in five Emory Healthcare hospitals: Emory University Hospital (EUH), Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM), Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital (ESJH), Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH), and Emory Decatur Hospital (EDH).
The ECCC is a leader in designing, testing, and implementing innovations in critical care. Examples include the state-of-the-art, specialty ICU suite for cardiothoracic and vascular patients at EUHM; the ongoing evaluation of Big Data systems that could allow clinicians to acquire, analyze, and correlate patients' medical data at an unheard of volume and velocity; and the establishment of the Emory Electronic ICU Center (eICU) at ESJH, which is wired to ICUs at ESJH, EUH, EUH Midtown, EJCH, and East Georgia Regional Medical Center by HIPAA-secure, bi-directional AV technology and digital connections that carry encrypted medical data. All hardware/software derived patient data from the partner ICUs routes to the eICU and its 24-7 monitoring personnel, who work closely with providers in the member ICUs as they treat patients.
The ECCC's academic arm teaches the highest standards of critical care delivery to fourth-year Emory medical students; interns and residents from the specialties of internal medicine, general surgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, neurology and neurosurgery; and advanced fellows who are studying to become intensive care physicians.
For the most comprehensive and up-to-date information of the ECCC, please visit its official Emory Healthcare website.