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Emory St. Joseph's names new CEO

Emory St. Joseph's names new CEO

ATLANTA -- Craig McCoy will become CEO of Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, effective Sept. 1.

McCoy joined Emory Healthcare in May 2011 as CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital, and has served as interim CEO of Saint Joseph's since May 2014.

Prior to joining Emory, McCoy served as CEO of a hospital in Phoenix, Ariz owned by Vanguard Health System. He holds a bachelor's degree from Furman University and a master's of health administration from Medical University of South Carolina/Clemson University.

Poll: Georgians OK with Ebola patients' treatment at Emory

Poll: Georgians OK with Ebola patients' treatment at Emory

(WXIA) -- A recent poll found the majority of Georgians agree with the decision to treat two American Ebola patients at Emory University Hospital.

In an exclusive 11Alive News poll conducted by research firm SurveyUSA, 66 percent of those who participated said they are fine with Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol receiving treatment at the Atlanta hospital.

Twenty-one percent of those polled said they do not agree with the decision to bring the patients to Atlanta, while 13 percent were not sure.

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Separated by Ebola, husband has tearful visit with wife


David Writebol, the husband of missionary Nancy Writebol who was quarantined after his wife came down with Ebola while in Africa, has been released from supervision and enjoyed a through-the-looking-glass reunion Sunday with Nancy in Atlanta.

In a statement released Monday by the charitable group SIM USA, for which Nancy was a volunteer, David Writebol said he had completed his 21-day period of temperature and health monitoring that he was asked to observe by local health officials on his return to the U.S. with his wife. Nancy Writebol and missionary Kent Brantly were transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment after they had become infected with Ebola.

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

American Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantly issues statement


Dr. Kent Brantly, the first American Ebola patient transported to Atlanta for treatment at Emory, has issued a statement.

Brantly, a doctor working with the aid organization Samaritan's Purse, was working in Liberia when he contracted the Ebola. He was taken to Emory on August 2.

In a statement written Friday from his isolation room at Emory University Hospital, Brantly says he is getting "the very best care possible" from doctors and nurses there.

He's at the same hospital as Nancy Writebol, another American aid worker infected with Ebola while serving the sick in Liberia. Both of them have been given treatment with an experimental Ebola drug and are said to be improving, but it's too early to know if the drug is the reason.

Police: Crime down this summer in DeKalb

Police: Crime down this summer in DeKalb

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Police Department's Summer Crime Initiative appears to be paying off.

Monday morning, the department announced it has seen reductions in three crime categories. Residential burglaries are down 17 percent, pedestrian robberies are down 10 percent and entering auto cases are down nine percent this summer.

New strategies used to prevent and reduce crime in DeKalb County include 24-hour specialized operations, bike patrols and curfew enforcement.

"The reduction in crime statistics proves that the investments we are making in police and fire personnel pay dividends," DeKalb County interim CEO Lee May said in a release.

May said the police department plans to add 160 more sworn officers and 100 patrol cars by the end of 2014.

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Last weekend, drivers got a bit of a reprieve when several major road projects were postponed. But all that work will resume this weekend.

Some of the problem areas include Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and I-285 in Cobb County.

As always, all roadwork is weather permitting. Rain could halt or postpone projects.

Weekend drivers should use caution and look for crews in these areas:

Bartow County
* One right southbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles before Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.
* One left northbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles after Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.