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October 15, 2015

$25-Million Emory U. Gift Bolsters 'Patient-Centered' Care

The Emory University School of Medicine has received a five-year, $25-million grant from the James M. Cox Foundation to improve "patient-centered" treatment, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The emerging trend in medicine, fueled by the Affordable Care Act, aims to improve patient experiences and outcomes and increase efficiency through better coordination and data-sharing among physicians, hospitals, and insurers.

The Atlanta school's new program will focus initially on prostate-cancer patients. Jim Kennedy, chairman of media conglomerate Cox Enterprises and president of the affiliated foundation, was treated for the disease at Emory. He offered high praise for the care he received but said it involved long waits for test results, a frustrating and frightening experience for people with life-threatening conditions. (Cox Enterprises is the corporate parent of the Cox Media Group, which owns the Journal-Constitution.)