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New DeKalb Medical Foundation Board Chair Launches $2.1 Million Capital Campaign for Emergency Department

July 30, 2015

The DeKalb Medical Foundation welcomes Kathy Peters as its new board chairperson and champion of the new capital campaign for the Emergency Department (ED) at DeKalb Medical’s North Decatur campus, Building the Future of Emergency Medicine; When Every Second Counts.

“My husband, daughter, 93 year-old mother and myself have all been treated for everything from broken hips to kidney stones and knee injuries, and have received the highest quality care and respect,” said the retired executive of the John Harland Company. "I am honored to continue the work done by Judy and Bob McMahan, co-chairs, who committed many years of service to the Foundation.”

“We are excited and ready to have this type of leadership driving the Foundation and the renovation of the ED will be an even more incredible asset to our community because of her efforts,” said retiring chair, Judy McMahan.

Building the Future of Emergency Medicine; When Every Second Counts is a campaign that will raise $2.1 million to renovate and reinvent the ED so that evaluations and care are administered more efficiently to impact more lives.

The new architecture features a “Super Fast Track” check-in for urgent care patients and a separate immediate care area for patients experiencing stroke, heart attack or other life-threatening symptoms. This streamlined admissions process provides patients more privacy and quicker coordinated care whether arriving by car or ambulance.

“The campaign will help DeKalb Medical serve our growing community’s needs and the rising usage of emergency rooms for urgent care needs,” said DeKalb Medical Emergency Department Medical Chief Sofia Khan Iqbal, M.D. “No matter who you are or how sick you are, we’re here.”

With over 64,000 ED visits in 2014, the renovated facility is expected to help DeKalb Medical treat more patients in less time ensuring that no matter what their need, they receive the highest level of attention and personal care.

“The redesigned emergency department will reflect how DeKalb Medical’s reputation for clinical excellence is only matched by our commitment to creating an environment of comfort, convenience and compassion for our patients,” said DeKalb Medical President and CEO John A. Shelton Jr., FACHE.

The DeKalb Medical Foundation encourages donations to be made by calling (404) 501-5956 or by visiting dekalbmedicalfoundation.org.




About DeKalb Medical Foundation

The DeKalb Medical Foundation was established in 1990 for the purpose of raising funds for the direct support of capital projects, special programs and research activities conducted by DeKalb Medical in furtherance of the Foundation’s purpose. The Foundation is a volunteer organization exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Since its inception, the Foundation has generated more than $29 million in revenue for the direct purposes that the funds were solicited. Currently, the Foundation has more than 4,600 donors and nearly 150 volunteers serving on its board and fundraising committees.