Campus Updates


New Building for Emory Musculoskeletal Institute

A ribbon cutting was held recently to celebrate the official opening of the 180,000-square-foot, world-class Emory Musculoskeletal Institute, located in Emory’s Executive Park health innovation district in Brookhaven, Georgia. The new six-story building—with a focus on innovation, improving the patient experience, and research—will continue to provide all musculoskeletal services in one convenient location for patients and serve as the central hub supporting ten regional offices ranging from LaGrange to Flowery Branch.

“The Emory Musculoskeletal Institute is a state-of-the-art facility ready to serve Georgians with exceptional clinical care, forward-thinking research, and profound training opportunities for the next generation of clinicians,” says Emory University President Gregory L. Fenves. “The institute reflects Emory’s highest aspirations for patient-centric care and the role of research to improve lives.”

The comprehensive, patient- and family-centered facility is comprised of non-operative and surgical treatment expertise in orthopedics and spine care, physical therapy and rehabilitation, imaging, and ambulatory/outpatient surgery along with clinical and discovery research support space.

The building will serve as the home base for multiple centers of excellence and a variety of programs, including the Emory Spine Center, the Emory Joint Reconstruction Center, the Emory Foot/Ankle Center, the Emory Upper Extremity Program, the Emory Musculoskeletal Oncology Division, and Emory Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Clinical, translational, and basic research programs can also be found in the Emory Musculoskeletal Research Center.

“The new building, with exceptional leadership, clinicians and scientists, will assist in attracting and retaining the best faculty, staff, trainees and researchers, while serving patients for both routine and complex orthopedic treatment and care,” says Jonathan S. Lewin, MD, CEO of Emory Healthcare and executive vice president for health affairs for Emory University. “We expect the Emory Musculoskeletal Institute to be a destination musculoskeletal facility.”

To improve the patient experience, patients and visitors will find a large, nearly 800-space parking deck adjacent to the building with no charge for parking. Once inside the building, patients and visitors can engage in an interactive building web site with detailed information about the programs, care providers, research trials, and even a digital artwork tour of the building. All patient exam rooms contain large LED monitors automatically providing information about the expertise of the specific physician being seen during their visit and the specific anatomy diagrams and surgical procedure diagrams customized for each patient’s care plan.

When designing the building, sustainability played a major role in planning to reduce the carbon footprint of the building. “Emory’s vision to be a model of transformative practices and sustainable choices at every level serves as the inspiration for the eco-friendly design of the building,” says Scott D. Boden, MD, director of the Emory Musculoskeletal Institute and professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at Emory University School of Medicine. “Strategic lighting in the facility aims to reduce light pollution and helps Emory be a good neighbor to the surrounding community. More than 95% of stormwater and runoff water will be contained through a system of bio-swales, retention ponds and underground stormwater systems to enhance on-site water management.”

In addition, automatic tinting glass on the southern, sunny side of the building will adjust based on ambient sunlight to control temperature and decrease energy consumption, reducing the need for shades while maintaining an open feel to the space. The “smart building” has special monitors that trigger increased fresh air flow in populated areas based on studies that show improved comfort and cognitive function. Indoor water use has also been reduced by 30%.

The building has a custom smartphone app designed for its staff that allows touchless entry at all security points, automatic elevator calls, adjustment of room temperature and lighting scenes, and booking of conference rooms in real time. The design team is pursuing gold certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental (LEED) Design for the newly constructed facility.

The new Emory Musculoskeletal Institute also upholds Emory Healthcare’s motto, “Go where the players go.” Emory Healthcare serves as the official team health care provider for the Atlanta Braves, Falcons, Hawks, Dream, Georgia Tech, Emory, and a host of high schools and youth and club team programs throughout the metro area. These players come to Emory for their health care needs. “Emory Healthcare has been an integral partner in helping us grow our franchise with our best-in-class training facility, the Emory Sports Medicine Complex,” says Steve Koonin, CEO of the Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena. “We are proud to support Emory Healthcare, a local institution with a world-class reputation, who is responsible for providing the most advanced health care to both our players and the entire greater Atlanta community.”

“We want to congratulate Emory Healthcare on the opening of its new Musculoskeletal Institute,” says Rich McKay, president and CEO of the Atlanta Falcons. “This new facility is another advancement toward innovative technology in orthopedics and truly providing the best care in our city. We know the facility will be special in all regards.”

“This innovative facility with attention to every last detail is yet another example of why we trust the Emory Healthcare team with the health of our athletes and staff,” says Derek Schiller, president and CEO of the Atlanta Braves.

This new facility, in combination with the Emory Sports Medicine Complex next door and ten regional offices—in Decatur, Dunwoody, Flowery Branch, Johns Creek, LaGrange, Smyrna, Spivey Station, Stonecrest, Sugarloaf and Tucker—allows Emory clinicians to care for even more patients throughout the region and beyond.


Fundraising for Stadium and Media Center at Belhaven University

Belhaven University has announced plans to construct the Belhaven Bowl Stadium Operations and Media Center. This project represents the completion of a $4 million transformation of the historic Belhaven Bowl in 2016. This project included the installation of a custom turf playing surface, comfortable chairback seating for 1200 people, and a state-of-the-art Daktronics video board.

The University is currently raising the funds through the Belhaven Bowl Champions Fund. The new Stadium Operations and Media Center will provide essential state-of-the-art facility in-game resources for sport coaches, game officials, video board content staff, live stream support, broadcast and film crews, statisticians, and game-day support staff. The building will be flanked with outdoor pavilions equipped with ceiling fans, and it will be available for seating and entertainment. Restroom facilities both indoor and out are included amenities.

Located in the heart of the Belhaven University campus, the Belhaven Bowl Stadium is home to both men’s and women’s soccer, the football program, and the oldest outdoor singing Christmas tree in the United States.

The Belhaven Bowl Stadium is one of the most beautiful NCAA Division III football and soccer fields in the nation. Additional uses of the facility include various summer sports camps, intramural athletics, and student life programming.

University athletes have earned three national championships for Belhaven. For the first time, there will be a physical memorial honoring those accomplishments. This project will include an impressive visual presentation honoring these national championships as well as a cherished football win.

Since 1964, the oldest singing Christmas tree in the nation has entertained residents of central Mississippi from the confines of the Belhaven Bowl. The Stadium Operations and Media Center, with its amenities and resources, will be a great enhancement to the performance of the Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree.