Emory Healthcare Welcomes DeKalb Medical to the Family

We are delighted to announce that DeKalb Medical is now part of Emory Healthcare! This partnership brings together the best of both worlds – the discovery and innovation of an academic medical center together with a deeply rooted connection to the community. DeKalb Medical has a rich heritage of providing exceptional care, and we are pleased to collaborate with their talented clinical teams. With the addition of DeKalb Medical’s three facilities and physicians, patients now have access to even more physicians and locations to receive care.

If you are a current patient of DeKalb Medical, you can expect to receive the same quality of care from the same provider teams. You will notice signage changes to reflect the new facility names, and over time, we will begin to integrate patient information into Emory Healthcare’s systems. You may have questions about how this partnership affects you as a patient. This page was designed to help provide you with answers. If you do not see the information you need in the frequently asked questions (FAQ) or news & press releases below, feel free to contact us. 

With this new partnership, our goal is to continue to advance medicine and deliver superb care to our valued members of the community. The journey to exceptional health care begins here.

Please Note: The former DeKalb Medical website (www.dekalbmedical.org) will continue to function while we work to integrate our operations and services.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. Why is DeKalb Medical becoming part of Emory Healthcare?
A. DeKalb Medical is becoming part of Emory to be in a strong position to serve the community for years to come. Hospitals are finding it necessary to join larger systems to maintain the investment in technology, facilities and innovation that is needed for the future. DeKalb Medical is no different. The leadership at DeKalb solicited proposals, and after an extensive due diligence process, DeKalb chose Emory Healthcare, as it was the best fit for the community.

Q. When will DeKalb Medical officially become part of Emory?
A. September 1, 2018.

Q. What does this mean for DeKalb Medical patients?
A. Initially, patients will notice nothing more than a change in the logo. The full transition will take a few years. Ultimately, the goal is for patients to benefit from a more comprehensive array of easily accessible, high-quality, well-coordinated services.

Q. What does this mean for Emory Healthcare patients?
A. With the addition of DeKalb Medical’s three facilities and physicians, patients now have access to even more physicians and locations to receive care.

Q. What happens to my DeKalb doctor?
A. The DeKalb Medical staff remains intact. The doctors who have practiced at DeKalb remain in the community serving patients as they have been. DeKalb Medical has a high-quality medical staff and Emory wishes to retain that.

Q. My doctor is in a DeKalb Medical Physician Group practice. Will it still be DeKalb Medical Physicians Group?
A. The name will change immediately, and over time, there may be some changes with scheduling, the patient portal, billing, etc., but your doctor remains your doctor. We will make sure we communicate changes to you before they occur so you know what to expect.

Q. Will my records be visible to both Emory and DeKalb Medical providers?
A. Not initially, but they will be over time, as this is one of our goals. We plan for a cohesive electronic medical record platform.

Q. Does this mean DeKalb Medical will be a teaching hospital? Will medical residents be involved in my care?
A. DeKalb Medical hospitals will remain community hospitals. However, as a community hospital system, DeKalb Medical has maintained a residency program in podiatry for many years, and many DeKalb physicians work with residents in various specialties to help with their training. Whether or not residents are involved in your care depends on whether your individual physician is involved in training.

Q. Will Emory take my insurance? How do I find out?
A. Emory and DeKalb Medical both have contracts with most insurance providers. You can always check your insurance company’s provider network on their website to verify which providers are in network.

Q. Will the name change?
A. Yes.

  • DeKalb Medical at North Decatur will be Emory Decatur Hospital.
  • DeKalb Medical at Hillandale will be Emory Hillandale Hospital.
  • DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care in Downtown Decatur will be Emory Long-Term Acute Care.

Q. Who else did DeKalb Medical consider?
A. Several health systems made proposals, but we are bound by confidentiality agreements to not disclose who they were. After an extensive review process, Emory was unanimously recommended by the board, the physician committee, and the administrative team.

Q. Will my donations to the DeKalb Medical Foundation support Emory Decatur Hospital, Emory Hillandale Hospital and/or Emory Long-term Acute Care (former DeKalb Medical facilities)?

A. Yes. Your donations to the DeKalb Medical Foundation will continue to benefit the historical DeKalb Medical hospitals.

Q. I’m a DeKalb Medical patient. Can you schedule me at an Emory location?
A. Yes. To schedule an appointment, please call 404-778-7777 or find a physician using the link below.

Q. I’m an Emory Healthcare patient. Can you schedule me at a DeKalb Medical location?
A. Yes. To schedule an appointment, please call 404-501-1000 or find a physician using the link below.

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