Acting on life-long commitments to improve the community, Sarah and Jim Kennedy have been transformative forces at Emory University.
Chairman of media giant Cox Enterprises, Jim Kennedy is also chairman of the James M. Cox Foundation, named in honor of his grandfather and founder of Cox Enterprises. The Kennedys made an initial, personal gift to Winship to support five priority areas: recruitment of faculty researchers, seed grants for scientific research, investigator-initiated clinical trials, development of the survivorship program, and mentoring of young physicians and investigators. This gift came at a critical time for Winship and helped grow the faculty, support innovative projects, and foster collaboration among investigators.
Jim Kennedy's experience as a patient at Emory motivated a recent gift to launch a new patient-centered model designed to improve patient experiences and outcomes, with prostate cancer care as the initial clinical focus. The initiative accelerates efforts underway within Emory to create more streamlined and reliable care for patients and families. The gift also created two endowed chairs for physician leaders focusing on change initiatives and research to improve patient care.
In making the gift, Jim Kennedy said, "We believe Emory can serve as a national model for improved health care delivery."
In 2011, Sarah and Jim Kennedy provided support for Emory's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center for clinical trials and associated research studies fortreatment of Alzheimer's disease, chairing its "A Family Affair" event benefitting the Center in 2013. The Kennedys have also supported Emory's Center for Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development and Emory's Brain Health Center.
Jim and Sarah Kennedy