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Grady Health System Names Coca-Cola as Official Beverage Provider

05/01/13
Grady Health Foundation

Long-term agreement supports the Grady Health Foundation

ATLANTA — Two of Atlanta’s most recognizable institutions – Grady Health System and Coca-Cola – are coming together. Grady Health System announced today that Coca-Cola is the official beverage provider for the system, which includes Grady Memorial Hospital, six neighborhood health centers, Crestview Health & Rehabilitation Center and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, which is operated as a Children’s affiliate.

“Grady is excited to be able to offer our visitors and staff an outstanding array of beverage choices and, at the same time, enhance the Grady Health Foundation’s ability to fund important programs and services Grady provides to our patients,” said Lindsay Caulfield, Senior Vice President of Planning and Marketing, Grady Health System.

As part of the long-term agreement, Coca-Cola will provide financial support to the Grady Health Foundation, a nonprofit that supports Grady Memorial Hospital, Georgia’s largest safety net hospital. The funding supports education, capital renovation, research and development and advanced medical technology to better serve Atlanta’s indigent, uninsured and critical care patients.

“Coca-Cola has a history of supporting organizations and venues in our hometown of Atlanta, and our ongoing relationship with Grady is something we are proud of,” said Pam Stewart, Region Sales Vice President, Foodservice On-Premise at Coca-Cola Refreshments. “We look forward to providing a wide variety of beverage choices to Grady’s visitors and more than 5,000 employees, and to supporting the work Grady does to keep all Georgians healthy.”

GRADY HEALTH FOUNDATION HONORS NATIONAL STROKE AWARENESS MONTH THIS MAY

05/01/13

Grady Health Foundation

ATLANTA – Grady Health Foundation will honor Stroke Awareness Month from May 6 to May 13 to raise funds and awareness for Atlanta’s fight against stroke. We invite everyone to spread the word and learn the facts about this deadly disease with #GradyEndsStroke. Then, join the fight and donate $5 by texting GRADY to 50555.

Here are three reasons why you should join the conversation and help support the Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center by donating to the Grady Health Foundation:

  1. Stroke can affect anyone directly or indirectly. Stroke is a common disease and is particularly endemic in the southeastern United States, also referred to as the “stroke belt.”
  2. Atlanta is considered the buckle of the stroke belt, where there is a higher incidence and prevalence of stroke – one of the many reasons the Atlanta community has strongly supported the Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center.
  3. The Grady Health Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare services for Metro Atlanta’s indigent, uninsured and critical care patients through funding education, capital renovation, research and development, advanced medical technology, and support.

In March 2010, the Marcus Foundation made the Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center a reality. Since then, the Atlanta community has been served by the center, providing innovative technology, some of the brightest physicians and a well-equipped facility allowing the Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center to make great strides in the fight against stroke.

“We are very thankful for the support from Bernie Marcus and The Marcus Foundation,” said Andrea N. Smith, Director of Development.  “Grady now offers a state-of-the art, integrated facility to respond to the intense demands of stroke victims in Georgia. The program was recently certified as a Primary Stroke Center, the highest designation available, earned through the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).”

Do your part this May. Join the conversation on Twitter (@GradyHealthFdn) using #GradyEndsStroke and encourage everyone to donate $5 by texting GRADY to . For more information, visit www.gradyhealthfoundation.org/ or Grady Health Foundation’s Facebook page.

You can also donate to the Grady Health Foundation and support the future advancements of Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center here: give.gradyhealthfoundation.org/donate.

3RD ANNUAL WHITE COAT GRADY GALA RAISED $1,010,000 FOR GRADY HEALTH SYSTEM

03/18/13

White Coat Grady Gala

ATLANTA – With a sold-out attendance of more than 750 guests, the 3rd Annual White Coat Grady Gala raised $1,010,000 by the Grady Health Foundation for Grady Health System this past weekend. This year’s donations and attendance exceeded two previous years as a testament to this community’s commitment to Grady. The fundraising event also honored Atlanta’s Healthcare Heroes with a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony held at the Georgia Aquarium. Video testimonials and standing ovations were given as the honorees accepted their awards. Recipients included:

  • Senior Sage Award | Walter L. Ingram, MD – Doctor Walter L. Ingram has been the Director of the Grady Memorial Hospital Burn Unit since 1992 and is also Associate Professor of Surgery, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care at Grady Memorial Hospital, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine.

  • Inspiring Mentor Award | Nadine J. Kaslow, Ph.D, ABPP – Doctor Nadine J. Kaslow is the Chief Psychologist at Grady and current President-elect of the American Psychological Association. Doctor Kaslow is active in the community as a professor at Emory Medical School and resident psychologist for the Atlanta Ballet.

  • Next Generation Healer Award | L. “Joy” Baker, MD – Doctor Baker’s Health Policy Advocacy work, surrounding healthcare for undocumented pregnant women and the Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative, led to her position as a member of the Board of Directors for Health Students Taking Action Together (HealthSTAT), most notably responsible for the “Grady is Vital”campaign.

  • Ada Lee and Pete Correll Healthcare Legacy Award | The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) – From recruiting business to tackling quality of life issues, MAC’s efforts are designed to promote prosperity and growth for businesses. The Chamber campaigned to expand Grady in 1910 and re-engaged almost century later, in 2007, to ensure its survival.

The event was co-chaired by Mary and John Brock along with Barbarella and Rene Diaz. Supporting the Gala for his second year in a row, WSB-TV Anchor, John Bachman was the emcee for the evening. After dinner, guests participated in a spirited live auction. The live auction proceeds will purchase a new x-ray machine for the Marcus Trauma Center. For entertainment, guests enjoyed the smooth sounds of jazz violinist, Ken Ford.

Notable city leaders in attendance included: Philanthropists Ada Lee and Pete Correll along with Tom and Jennifer Bell, Grady Health System President & CEO John Haupert, Delta VP Tad Hutcheson and many more.  Funds raised at the event will support new equipment, technology and medical research for Grady Memorial Hospital, the metro-region’s premier Level 1 Trauma Center and largest public hospital in the southeast.

The Gala was presented by Delta Air Lines in conjunction with The Coca-Cola Company, The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, Kaiser Permanente, AdCare Health Systems, Alston + Bird, The Home Depot Foundation, Newell Rubbermaid, Atlanta Center for Medical Research, AGL Resources, AT&T, Bank of America, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., Ada Lee and Pete Correll, Georgia Pacific, Georgia Power, ICE King & Spalding, KPMG, The Marcus Foundation, Inc., McKinsey & Company, PNC Bank, Regions, UPS, Wells Fargo. This successful fundraising event is scheduled for next year to take place on March 15, 2014.

Meet Dr. Leon Haley, Jr., a Grady Memorial History Maker

02/26/13
Grady Health Foundation

ATLANTA, Ga. – “You never know what’s going to happen,” said Dr. Leon Haley, Jr. “But we operate under the assumption that something will happen.”

Dr. Haley is the Deputy Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Grady Hospital.

“We train as if every day could be the next event,” he said.
He helps lead the team of a powerful staff – operating one of the largest emergency departments in the country.

It’s a busy place that treats more than 100,000 patients per year.

Not to mention, Grady is home to the region’s only level one trauma center and one of only 2 burn centers in the state.

“Every disaster is not a 9-11. There are a lot smaller ones. We’ve had a bus accident since I’ve been here. we’ve had a shooting since I’ve been here,” said Dr. Haley.

It is evident Dr. Haley has proven himself time and again that he is not only fit to lead; he is also a history maker in the making.

“It’s a tremendous degree of responsibility,” he said. “So, I’m trying to be a good example for this emergency department.”

The published author and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory University has a resume chock full of accomplishments and sprinkled with awards and recognition for his work and service to the community.

“It’s very important for me to give back,” Dr. Haley said.

Yet, it is his natural charisma, wit of course and personality that continues to humbly set him apart from his peers.

“I always want to remain humble,” he said.

“Those who get chosen for leadership. It’s a great burden that comes along with it,” Dr. Haley said. “But I accept it and I try to make a difference.”

So, what does a graduate of Brown University, University of Pittsburgh and the University of Michigan, the husband and father of three, credit for his success?

“You know I have great faith in the lord,” he said. “I had great parents – still do. And, I have great family.”

We are proud to honor and recognize Dr. Leon Haley Jr. for his accomplishments.

Real People: Grady psychologist incorporates love of dance with healing

01/30/13
Grady Health Foundation

As the chief psychologist at Grady Hospital, Nadine Kaslow deals with emotionally-charged situations on an almost daily basis.

“When there’s a crisis, when something happens, I’m often the person called in to help people cope or heal,” said Kaslow, 55. “I’ve developed a reputation; people trust me and depend on me to help out when other services are struggling.”

Kaslow often finds herself working not just with patients, but with staff members as well.

Among the most difficult situations Kaslow has helped others handle were a colleague’s suicide and the traumatic delivery of a baby.

“When those things happened, everyone was upset and scared, wondering what they could have done differently,” she said. “I went and helped them cope. I think part of the reason I can be very nurturing and supportive is because trauma and crisis don’t scare me; they engage me. When other people might run from it, I run to it.”
To keep her own equilibrium, Kaslow turns to ballet, a passion she’s had since she was a 3-year-old growing up in Philadelphia.

“Ballet is an important part of my identity,” said Kaslow, who danced professionally with the Pennsylvania Ballet. “But when I had to make a decision which career to choose, I made the psychology decision.”

As opposite as the two talents seem, Kaslow found a way to merge dance and psychology. After taking classes with the Atlanta Ballet, she floated the idea of becoming a psychologist to the company, a position she’s been filling now for about five years.

“I work at Grady because I’m passionately committed to working with under-served and underprivileged populations,” she said. “Dancers are under a different kind of stress, so I may do a wellness program for them or work with them individually as they struggle to cope effectively.”

Along with her work at the ballet, Kaslow devotes considerable time to teaching and training interns, residents and post-doctoral students at Grady and Emory, where she is a professor in the behavioral sciences. She also runs Grady’s program for abused and suicidal African-American women. Her dedication recently earned her the Inspiring Mentor Award from the Grady Health Foundation. Kaslow, along with two Grady physicians, will be feted at the Foundation’s White Coat Gala March 16.

“What drew us to her was the work she does with women and children,” said Lisa Borders, president of Grady Health Foundation. “At the same time, she is adding to the pool of knowledge and teaching residents. There are multiple dimensions to the work she does.”

Kaslow said being recognized by her own institution is a major accomplishment.

“I don’t think there’s a higher honor,” she said. “But I don’t do it to get honors. One of the things that matters to me most is mentoring the next generation of psychologists, physicians, nurses and health care professionals.”

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