Atlanta-based Hotel Equities announced the hiring of Jason Caughron as the general manager of the new Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Dunwoody/Perimeter Center in North Atlanta. 

An award-winning general manager with 25 years of hospitality experience, Caughron came to Hotel Equities from The Westin Atlanta North at Perimeter, where he served as the director of operations.  During his tenure, he successfully directed the $15.4 million renovation of the hotel that had achieved a combined revenue of $16.4 million in 2014 under his management. 

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CDH Partners, Inc., a Marietta based architectural and engineering firm, recently announced Dunwoody resident Ed Palisoc of EDP Collaborative Design joined the practice.

Former owner and EDP President Ed Palisoc joined CDH Partners, Inc., as principal and director of collaborative design. With over 25 years of professional experience, he has worked with some of the most noted architecture firms in Philadelphia and Atlanta. His experience encompasses a diverse spectrum of building types in private and public sectors, including commercial, corporate, municipal, healthcare, educational, worshipand mixed-use facilities.

CDH Partners’ CEO and President Bill Chegwidden said, “We are excited about this new opportunity Ed brings to the practice. Ed’s design approach is consistent with CDH’s core mission to listen to our clients’ needs to create design solutions that connect a building’s purpose, function and context. We strive to inspire and enhance the human experience through our designs.”

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Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is improving treatment for stroke patients with the launch of a Telestroke program, which allows neurologists to remotely evaluate patients around the clock through real-time conferencing with a Telerobot monitor.

AcuteCare Telemedicine (ACT) and InTouch Health have partnered with Emory Saint Joseph’s to bring these extended teleneurology services to the hospital. This virtual, high-tech clinical care includes a camera, microphone and speaker in order for the physicians to communicate directly with patients and provide a rapid diagnosis.

The faster a patient receives the proper treatment for stroke, the better the chances for recovery. With this new telemedicine program at Emory Saint Joseph’s, patients may avoid the debilitating effects of stroke that occur due to late diagnosis or delayed administration of clot-busting drugs.

Patients arriving in the emergency room exhibiting signs of stroke such as numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, trouble speaking and walking or other symptoms will have the Telerobot placed at the foot of their bed, so the physician has the ability to assess their condition and communicate treatment recommendations immediately.

Along with Sanders, fellow AcuteCare Telemedicine physicians Matthews Gwynn, MD, Lisa Johnston, MD, and James Kiely, MD, are on call 24/7 to work with the Primary Stroke Center Team at the hospital. During the evaluation, the physician asks the patients if they have had any difficulties with speaking and movement and then encourages them to perform basic tasks, such as lifting their arms and legs and touching their fingers to their nose.

Once the evaluation is complete, the physician makes a diagnosis and communicates treatment recommendations to emergency medicine doctors and the Primary Stroke team members.

Emory Saint Joseph’s treats more than 400 stroke patients a year and joins Emory Johns Creek Hospital as the second hospital within Emory Healthcare to offer the Telestroke program. Since 2009, Emory Saint Joseph’s has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center and is designed to provide emergent and acute stroke care. The multidisciplinary team includes ancillary, emergency and neurovascular services, a clinical decision unit, neurovascular units and a designated ICU.

Since the inception of the Telestroke program at Emory Saint Joseph’s, patients have already benefitted from the rapid response of the neurologist, which takes an average of four minutes.

“The first day we launched the Telestroke program, a patient was admitted with acute symptoms of stroke. After careful assessment, we were able to administer tPA immediately with great success,” Sanders says.

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