Grady News


August 10, 2017

ATLANTA, Georgia – The city of Atlanta celebrated the grand opening of the new employee Wellness Center on Aug. 9. The new, 12,000-square foot facility located in the City Plaza building across from City Hall is the only one of its kind in the ten-county metropolitan region. It offers health, fitness and Employee Assistance Program services under one roof as well as giving city employees a new resource to achieve their personal health goals.

As part of Mayor Kasim Reed’s ‘A Healthier You’ initiative, the Department of Human Resources partnered with Healthstat, Kaiser Permanente to plan the new Employee Health Center. The facility will offer an on-site medical clinic, which will provide access to acute care, urgent care, health risk counseling and chronic disease management.

Healthstat will coordinate with Morehouse Medical School and Grady Health System to provide physician leadership for the employees covered under BCBS and all other active employees. Kaiser will provide medical services for employees who have medical insurance with its health plan.

The new, approximately $3 million facility was funded entirely through insurance reserve funds generated through contracts with insurance vendors, pharmacy rebates and performance guarantees. No general fund dollars were used for the project. According to 36-month projections by EPIC Brokers and Consultants, this care will allow the city to save $2 in health care claims costs for every $1 it invests in the program. These savings will come from the clinic’s combined ability to reduce the rising cost of health benefit plans and improve city employees’ productivity.

The Wellness Center includes a 5,000-square foot Fitness Center that will be managed by one of the nation’s leading onsite fitness management firms, Aquila Fitness Consultants. The facility will triple the number of exercise machines available to employees, and features full-service locker rooms and a juice bar. Employees will be able to take advantage of group and individual fitness training programs, lifestyle and wellbeing engagement programs, nutritional programs and access to fitness coaches.

Psychological Services and Employee Assistance Program educational and wellness programs will be offered in the Health Center space. The city’s PSEAP offers employees access to low or no-cost counseling and other psychological wellbeing services during periods of difficulty such as the winter months, when Seasonal Affective Disorder is common, or following the death of a loved one or colleague.

The Grady Health Foundation is dedicated to supporting the Grady Health System achieve its vision of becoming the leading public academic healthcare system in the U.S. by funding and accelerating capital renovation, advanced medical technology and equipment, and clinical programs. For more information, visit

Gilead Sciences Makes Lead Gift for HIV/AIDS Clinic Modernization

Contribution will be used to implement new approaches to care
June 28, 2017

The Grady Health Foundation is pleased to announce a $2 million donation from Gilead Sciences that will help fund a comprehensive renovation of Grady Health System’s Ponce de Leon Center, which houses one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive programs for the treatment of advanced HIV and AIDS. The donation underscores an ongoing partnership between Grady and Gilead to address the needs of people living with HIV.

“Grady has been on the front lines of HIV and AIDS treatment and research since the early 1990s and continues to lead the fight against this disease, which has reached epidemic proportions in Atlanta and throughout the south. We are grateful to Gilead Sciences for this generous donation, which will be used to modernize our Ponce de Leon Center so that we can more effectively implement new approaches to care and accommodate the high volume of patients who come through our doors for testing, treatment and support,” said John Haupert, President and CEO of Grady Health System.

One in four patients with HIV in Georgia receives treatment at Grady, including adult men and women as well as young children. The Ponce de Leon Center provides multidisciplinary support for patients including testing, diagnosis, primary care, acute care, dental care, and mental and behavioral health services. Gilead’s leadership gift supports a planned $23 million renovation that will allow for more efficient delivery of services and increase the clinic’s capacity so that Grady can meet increasing demand with innovative, patient-centered programs.

“Gilead and Grady share the goal of providing life-saving care for patients living with HIV and AIDS. Given its location at the epicenter of the current HIV epidemic in the southeast, we are confident that this investment in the future of the Ponce de Leon Center will allow Grady to have an even greater impact on the care received by thousands of people in the region,” added Gregg Alton, Executive Vice President, Corporate and Medical Affairs, Gilead Sciences.

The Ponce de Leon Center was first opened in 1993 and today serves 6,000 patients annually from a 20-county area including Fulton and DeKalb, which have the highest prevalence of HIV in Georgia and are among the highest in the United States. Research at the Ponce de Leon Center is conducted in partnership with The Center for AIDS Research at Emory.

About Gilead
Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company’s mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide. Gilead has operations in more than 30 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California. (

About the Grady Health Foundation
The Grady Health Foundation is dedicated to supporting the Grady Health System achieve its vision of becoming the leading public academic healthcare system in the U.S. by funding and accelerating capital renovation, advanced medical technology and equipment, and clinical programs. (

Grady Expands Renowned Stroke Care with Opening of the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center Outpatient Center

June 27, 2017

Grady Health System’s Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center is expanding its internationally acclaimed care with the opening of its new outpatient center. Unveiled during ceremonies on Monday, June 26, 2017, the state-of-the-art center provides a multi-disciplinary approach to care for patients with advanced neurological conditions. The outpatient center is the first phase of an expansion that will allow the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center to serve more patients and expand its research capabilities.

“Grady’s reputation as a regional destination for the advanced treatment of stroke and other neurological issues has led to significant growth. This new outpatient center will provide access to a greater number of patients who will benefit from our cutting-edge care,” said Grady CEO John Haupert.

The expansion was made possible by a $10 million gift from The Marcus Foundation, which under the direction of its benefactors, Billi and Bernie Marcus, has invested more than $50 million in Grady since 2009. A significant portion of those funds went to the creation of the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center.

“We believed we could make an incredible impact on the treatment of stroke and neurological conditions here at Grady, and we have.” said Bernie Marcus, who attended Monday’s event. “Hundreds if not thousands of patients have been saved not only by the cutting edge treatment offered here, but through research that has turned into life-saving solutions. What we have accomplished - and will continue to accomplish in the future - is something we can all be very proud of.”

The new outpatient center centralizes diagnosis and treatment functions, allowing for enhanced patient care coordination.

“It is impossible to overstate the impact the Marcus Foundation has had on Grady. This health system is thriving today in large part due to Billi and Bernie’s willingness to invest in our future and challenge us not only to deliver the best possible care, but set standards that will save lives for years to come,” said Pete Correll, chair of the Grady Health Foundation.

Pete Correll Honored for Legacy of Leadership at Grady

May 15, 2017

On Monday, May 8, 2017, the main lobby atrium at Grady Memorial Hospital was officially dedicated as the Correll Atrium -- honoring A. D. “Pete” Correll, who led the fight to save the hospital from closing in 2007. After chairing the Greater Grady Task Force formed by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Correll went on to become the inaugural chair of the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation (GMHC) Board of Directors. Upon completion of his tenure on the GMHC board in 2016, Correll became chairman of the board of the Grady Health Foundation, which raises private and philanthropic funds in support of the health system.

“What Pete Correll has done for this hospital will have generational impact,” said Frank Blake, current GMHC board chair. “He believes strongly in our vision of becoming one of the nation’s leading academic health systems and has set us in the right direction to achieve that goal while still fulfilling our mission of serving all who walk through our doors.”

“Pete's dedication to Grady has had a tremendous effect on the progress of the health system. As board chair, he played an active role in Grady’s turnaround. Now, as chair of the foundation board, he is helping to shape our future. Dedicating this atrium is a way for us to say thank you for all he continues to do on Grady’s behalf,” added John M. Haupert, Grady’s president and CEO.

As part of the dedication ceremony, a portrait of Correll by Atlanta artist Ross Rossin was unveiled. The portrait will hang permanently in the Correll Atrium, along with a brief history of Correll’s work on behalf of Grady.

James M. Cox Foundation Announces $730,000 Grant to Grady Health Foundation

March 8, 2017

Grant to support early language development initiative.

ATLANTA – The James M. Cox Foundation announced a $730,000 grant that will be used to pilot the Talk With Me Baby program at Grady Health System. Studies show that the fastest brain growth happens during the first three years of life, making it a critical time to introduce language development.

“One of the most important things we can do as a society is prepare children for success,” said Cox Enterprises Chairman Jim Kennedy. “Experts now recognize that early language development in children is a health issue. It is vitally important for young children to develop the language skills they will need to be ready to read when they get to kindergarten. It’s exciting to think that Grady will be at the forefront of what could be a national delivery model of this important information through the healthcare system.”

Through the grant, Grady will leverage its many touch points with expectant and new parents to share video content with tips on building a child’s vocabulary. In addition, nurses will receive special training so they can educate caregivers on the importance of talking with their baby every day to prepare the children for future success. Parents will also be taught about important milestones to monitor a child’s language development progress and identify difficulties.

“We are grateful for this opportunity to ensure that children are given the tools they need from the youngest age to prepare them for school and for life,” said John M. Haupert, president and CEO of Grady Health System. “This generous grant from the James M. Cox Foundation has the potential to have a generational impact not only on the families touched by the Talk to Me Baby program but on our community as these children grow up to lead successful lives.”

Talk With Me Baby is a partnership of six lead organizations that are committed to ensuring that every newborn child in Georgia receives essential language nutrition and has the opportunity to reach their full potential. The lead partners are: the Georgia Department of Public Health and Department of Education, Emory University’s School of Nursing and Department of Pediatrics, the Marcus Autism Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Atlanta Speech School’s Rollins Center for Language and Literacy, and Get Georgia Reading – Georgia’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading.

As leaders in the field of health, education, and policy, these partners understand the impact that abundant “language nutrition” has on early brain development and how it sets the stage for success in school and the workplace, which in turn affects health and well-being.

About the Grady Health Foundation
The Grady Health Foundation is dedicated to supporting the Grady Health System achieve its vision of becoming the leading public academic healthcare system in the U.S. by funding and accelerating capital renovation, advanced medical technology and equipment, and clinical programs. For more information, visit

About the James M. Cox Foundation
The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises’ founder and provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where the company operates. James M. Cox was Ohio’s first three-term governor and the 1920 Democratic nominee for president of the United States.
The Foundation concentrates its community support in several areas, including: conservation and environment; early childhood education; empowering families and individuals for success; and health.

Grady Health System One of Six in Nation to Receive Merck Foundation Grant Focus on timely access to patient-centered cancer care


Grady Health System One of Six in Nation to Receive Merck Foundation Grant

Focus on timely access to patient-centered cancer care, Grady Health System is one of only six in the nation that will become part of the new Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care. The Merck Foundation has committed $15 million in funding over five years across the program sites, with the goal of increasing timely access to patient-centered cancer care for vulnerable and underserved populations in the United States.

“We are honored with this vote of confidence in Grady and look forward to working with the Merck Foundation and the other members of the Alliance to identify and implement new ways to deliver high quality care for the hundreds of cancer patients who seek treatment at our hospital every year,” said Renay Blumenthal, president of the Grady Heath Foundation.

Alliance members were selected based on criteria including the technical merit of proposed programs, organizational capabilities and experience, relationships with community partners and ability to promote sustainable improvements. The other institutions selected include The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore), Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston), Northwestern University (Chicago), Ohio State University (Columbus) and The University of Arizona (Tucson). The National Program Office for the Alliance will be housed at the University of Michigan School of Nursing (Ann Arbor).

“With 1.7 million Americans newly diagnosed with cancer each year, there is a great need to improve the quality and delivery of patient-centered care to help address the significant challenges of those facing this diagnosis. These superb program sites and the National Program Office should accelerate identification and uptake of innovations that benefit patients, improve health communications and enhance the overall coordination of care,” said Julie L. Gerberding, chief patient officer, Merck, and chief executive officer, Merck Foundation, in the release announcing the new program.
For more information about the Merck Foundation, visit

For more information about the Grady Health Foundation, visit


Atlanta Entrepreneur Sara Blakely Celebrates Healthy Moms at Grady


On Friday, November 18, new and expectant mothers at Grady enjoyed a baby shower hosted by one of Atlanta’s most successful entrepreneurs, Sara Blakely, founder and owner of Spanx and the Sara Blakely Foundation and New York Times bestselling author.  The event also celebrated Ms. Blakely’s recently released book, The Belly Art Project, the proceeds of which support efforts to ensure safe and healthy births for mothers throughout the world.

“I am thrilled to celebrate motherhood with the launch of my newest labor of love, The Belly Art Project. Access to medical care is critical to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy and birth for both mothers and babies.  Grady fills that role for thousands of new and growing families every year,” said Ms. Blakely.  “As an organization committed to empowering women, we are proud to add to the incredible support these mothers are receiving and help them celebrate this special time.”

Nearly 90 new and expectant mothers participated in the celebration during which Ms. Blakely shared from her own experience as a mother of four young children, which was also the inspiration for The Belly Art Project.  Mothers received gifts including a combination baby stroller and car seat underwritten by a $100,000 donation from the Sara Blakely Foundation, which will sponsor two additional baby showers in 2017.

“We are grateful for the generous commitment made by the Sara Blakely Foundation to support new mothers here at Grady.  Friday afternoon’s event was a wonderful celebration of all that motherhood can and should be.  It was also an important reminder to the women attending that they are not alone,” added Renay Blumenthal, president of the Grady Health Foundation.  “Whether a mother and baby are here because they needed the services of our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or after experiencing a normal birth, we are committed to providing a safe, caring environment that gives them the best possible chance for a healthy start.”

Last year, over 3,000 babies were delivered at Grady, which houses the state’s only Obstetric Care Unit of its kind.  Grady’s Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit receives patients from over 40 counties across north Georgia.   The hospital also offers numerous programs that provide support and education for mothers and families during pregnancy.

The Bell Art Project was released in October 2016 and features over 100 photos of both celebrity and everyday mothers whose pregnant bellies have been transformed into whimsical “billboards of hope.”  To learn more about the book visit

To learn more about the Sara Blakely Foundation visit