The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority (FDHA) is a volunteer board that governs the Grady Health System in Atlanta. The Grady Health System operates the Grady Memorial Hospital (an acute-care, 950-bed medical facility), primary and specialty care centers, and a network of community health centers in the Atlanta metro area. The Grady Memorial Hospital is the teaching hospital for the medical schools of Emory University and Morehouse College. The Fulton and DeKalb county commissioner boards appoint the FDHA board members. Not-for-profit Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation (GMHC) manages the daily activities of the Grady Health System.
In 2012, in response to the growing mental health service needs in metropolitan Atlanta, Grady Health System centralized and relocated its outpatient mental health programs. Grady combined three outpatient behavioral health offices into a one large location to services better the residents of metropolitan Atlanta.
In 2011 Grady Health System completed its $325 million Greater Grady capital campaign. It opened new $7 million Marcus Trauma Center to handle the most seriously injured patients and opened a new $1 million Walk-In Center to direct non-emergency patients to appropriate care and alleviate congestion in its emergency department.
In 2011 Grady Health System made operational changes in order to continue providing quality health services with fewer dollars. Since 2007 Grady has improved efficiencies, resulting in increased revenue and lower expenses across the health system. But over those four years, Grady's federal and county funding has been reduced by nearly $50 million while its indigent care costs have gone up by more than $40 million.
The hospital authority is working with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce to address Grady Health System's financial difficulties (resulting from a large level of uninsured and Medicaid/Medicare patients).
While considering funding options for the health system, the FDHA decided to hand over daily management of the health system to a non-profit corporation; GMHC was formed for that purpose and took over management duties through a lease and transfer agreement in early 2008.
The hospital system has received $200 million in funding from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation when the management shift took place, and it has since received smaller donations from the likes of Kaiser Permanente and Delta Air Lines. The management corporation is seeking funding from additional public and private entities. The FDHA continues to own Grady Health System's buildings and land.
The Grady Health System was founded in 1892. FDHA came into existence in 1941, but assuming control of Grady was delayed until 1946 due to WWII. – less