What an amazing year!
In spite of the continued downturned economy – or maybe in spite of it – Grady Health Foundation, its staff, volunteers and donors have made this year one of our most exciting, eventful and fruitful. Through the unprecedented support of The Woodruff Foundation and many other donors and allies, Grady Hospital continues to offer premier Level 1 trauma care to the metro Atlanta region and beyond.
Grady’s board appoints new CEO
This year was one of new beginnings. The Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation Board of Directors appointed John Haupert President and CEO of Grady Health System and he began work with us in October. We are excited to have him lead our team!
Grady White Coat Gala
We invite you to SAVE THE DATE for the second annual White Coat Grady Gala, a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony to be held March 17, 2012 at the Georgia Aquarium. In association with our premier partner, Delta Air Lines, we will honor some of Atlanta’s healthcare heroes, outstanding philanthropists, along with our awe-inspiring physicians.
On Saturday, June 25, people came from across the state to a packed Peachtree Street, to experience our first “Rock-N-Ride” event. AirTran Airways presented the activities featuring motorcycles and music. The event, benefiting Grady Health Foundation and Gold Shield Atlanta was a rousing success, honoring Georgia’s First Responders and closing historic Peachtree Street for the first time in Atlanta’s history. The 2nd Annual “Rock-N-Ride”, scheduled for June 23, 2012. Don’t miss out!
Opening of Marcus Trauma Center
Through the remarkable and ongoing support of philanthropist Bernie Marcus, Grady Memorial Hospital was able to renovate and update our trauma center. This 12,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility allows Grady to deliver the best possible trauma care available in the nation 24/7/365. In 2010, Mr. Marcus enabled the creation of the Marcus Stroke Center. We are grateful for his ongoing support and the vision he brings to the health care needs of our community.
Launching of the Walk-In Center
The health system opened a new venue to handle minor medical casualties without an appointment. The center allows less acute issues to be addressed in a more appropriate and accessible setting. Fellow healthcare provider, Kaiser Permanente, offered its support through contribution of the full cost of the center. Patients are able to come in as they need services and be seen on a first-come, first-saved basis. This Kaiser gift ensures multiple levels of medical need are accommodated in the most timely and cost-effective manner.
Unveiling of Angel II Ambulance
This month, Grady cut the ribbon on our newest support vehicle, the Angel II Ambulance. Georgia ranks among states with large numbers of premature and low birth weight babies. This vehicle, provided in collaboration with the March of Dimes, serves as a mobile intensive care unit, monitoring an infant’s condition in transit. The unit will transport approximately 500 sick neonates to Grady and regional hospitals throughout the state of Georgia.
Building the Board, Building the Brand
The work that goes on behind the scenes to make all of our efforts come to life is the result of efforts by dedicated staff and board volunteers. Grady Health Foundation has a truly amazing board of directors and a staff who has worked diligently to ensure that our programs and activities are shared with the community. Our team has delivered an updated, streamlined website to enable broad awareness about our work and tools that will ensure our work continues.
I am humbled when I recount the accomplishments this year. Through your support, we have delivered critical health care to thousands, trained the next generation of Georgia’s physicians and continued groundbreaking research. Having said that, there is still much more work to do. We invite you to consider a gift to the health system to continue the great work that is underway.
As we all take a breath from our hard work and look toward the opportunities of a new year, I want to thank you for your generosity of spirit and financial support. With a grateful heart, I wish you and your family a peaceful, prosperous and joyous holiday season.
Lisa M. Borders, MHA
Grady Health Foundation