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 currently offers adult surgical intensive care, medical intensive care, cardiothoracic surgical intensive care, neuroscience critical care, and cardiac care at five of Emory Healthcare's hospitals: Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, and Emory Decatur Hospital.
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 basic science focus of Emory's critical care labs is gut integrity and the immunological host response in sepsis, while the bench-to-bedside research conducted by faculty researchers' encompasses studies of physiological dynamics, predictive biology, patient monitoring, the molecular mechanisms underlying multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, and ICU end-of-life care.
The ECCC's academic arm offers a one-year NP/PA post graduate residency that seeks to prepare certified physician assistants and acute care nurse practitioners to practice the specialty of critical care medicine as members of a multi-professional team. The program combines a highly detailed competency-based curriculum with hands-on learning in the clinical setting.
For the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about the center, please visit the ECCC's official Emory Healthcare website.