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Grady Designated Show Site for Advanced Imaging

Vice President Clinical Operations Michelle Wallace showcases Grady’s new top-of-the-line CT scanner, The Revolution.
Vice President Clinical Operations Michelle Wallace showcases Grady’s new top-of-the-line CT scanner, The Revolution.

In April, 2016, Grady advanced its leading position in providing innovative healthcare, when it became the first facility in metro Atlanta and one of only six hospitals in the country, to add the state-of-the-art GE Revolution 256 slice CT scanner to its imaging capabilities. As a result, Grady is now an official GE Show Site – making it a destination for other healthcare providers who want to learn more about the scanner and how it works.

The scanner, located in the Emergency Department, provides high-quality images in record time – an important plus for the city’s premier Level 1 trauma center and world renowned Marcus Stroke Center.

Saving time in an emergency has obvious benefits to patients, says Vice President of Clinical Operations Michelle Wallace, who talked about the amazing speed she witnessed during a recent CT scan of a stroke patient.

“It seemed like I blinked and it was done. It’s so fast. The Revolution is all about decreasing the time the patient is waiting, especially for those emergent conditions when we need to be able to find out what’s going on.”

Because of sharp image results produced by the scans, it also offers superior diagnostic capabilities, which then inform surgical planning and treatment, Wallace added.

Grady is the ideal environment to put a CT like the Revolution to work, as the hospital regularly treats a high volume of patients in need of fast, high-quality imaging. “It’s really because Grady sees everything and treats everything, we are the perfect place to utilize this technology,” said Wallace.

Because of this, Wallace expects the hospital to improve patient care in never-before-seen ways. “We’re already meeting goals, now we’re going to exceed them.”

So far, two hospitals have visited Grady to observe The Revolution in action, and staff is happy to oblige.

“We get to answer questions, show them what we do and the great work the scanner is capable of doing. We are absolutely excited to show-off,” Wallace said.

Staff traveled to Miami to learn how the equipment worked, and have adapted easily to the new technology.

“We provide high level quality care at Grady. We are known for that, we knock it out the park. It’s very nice to have the equipment to match the quality of care that our physicians, nurses and technologists provide every day. We have given them the support they need to take it to the next level,” Wallace said.

Grady has always had its eye on new innovations, and it does not plan to stop with The Revolution. Over a decade ago, Grady’s Cancer Center became home to the world’s first PET/CT scanner.  2017 will bring a brand new PET/CT with exceptional diagnostic capabilities, bolstering Grady’s position as a hospital of choice for cutting-edge healthcare.

Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation Board of Directors to meet March 13

The Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation Board of Directors will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 13, 2017, in the boardroom of the 1-B administration suite on the first floor of Grady Memorial Hospital.

What: Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation Board of Directors meeting

Monday, March 13, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.   Committee Meetings
2:30 – 3:00 p.m.            Executive Session
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.            Full board meeting

Where: Grady Memorial Hospital
Board Room, 1-B Administration Suite, 1st floor
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303


Grady Keeps NICU Babies and Parents Connected With New Live Webcam

Mom Tasha Banks watches baby Zoe anytime on her smartphone thanks to the NicView camera above Zoe’s bed in the Grady NICU.
Mom Tasha Banks watches baby Zoe anytime on her smartphone thanks to the NicView camera above Zoe’s bed in the Grady NICU.

Grady Health System is making it easy for premature infants and their parents to stay connected as they are cared for in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The hospital just launched NicView, a video streaming system which allows families to access live video of their babies 24 hours a day. Grady is the first hospital in the city of Atlanta to offer this service.

A small, unobtrusive camera is placed next to a baby’s bed and offers a view of the baby’s face. Parents receive unique and secure log-in credentials, along with passwords they can share with other family members. The live video is available on any internet-ready device, like smartphones and tablets.

“Parents can’t always spend as much time as they would like with their babies. This system makes it possible for them to see their little ones anytime they like, from wherever they may be. The NicView system is just one of many family-friendly enhancements at Grady’s newly renovated Women’s Center,” said Linda Wildey, Executive Director, Women’s Services.

For Tasha Banks, who gave birth at Grady to daughter Zoe at 26 weeks, time away from her baby has become much more bearable. She was one of the first parents to use the new NicView system.

“It’s very comforting to be able to see your baby when you’re not in the NICU. To be able to access the live stream from anywhere, to see she’s okay and active, it’s a kind of relief to be close to her all the time,” said Banks.

Grady’s Women’s Center incorporates the latest technologies and best practices in a welcoming environment for mothers, babies and their families, including modern labor and delivery suites. A designated Baby-Friendly hospital by Baby Friendly USA, Grady is also the largest Regional Perinatal Center in Georgia, offering specialized care for high risk mothers.

Grady Earns Prestigious HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Designation

Grady is Georgia’s only adult acute care hospital to earn the highest rating for improving patient care and safety through health information technology.

Grady Health System has earned the prestigious Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) SM.  Grady is Georgia’s only adult acute care hospital to earn the highest rating for improving patient care and safety through health information technology.

“We demonstrated that our advanced use of technology and data is making a real difference in how we care for patients and in patient outcomes.  The effective combination of our people and technology has driven clinical quality and financial improvements throughout the organization,” said Ben McKeeby, senior vice president and chief information officer, Grady Health System.

Grady leverages an integrated EMR and many innovative technologies to provide high quality care.  Through actionable analytics and guided pathways, Grady patients are benefitting.  One example involves Grady’s infectious disease program.  Grady implemented alerting for clinicians in the EMR and recommended ordering pathways to screen patients for HIV and link those patients to treatment.  The result has been a 96% reduction in transmission of HIV, when the patient is in treatment. Grady has identified and linked hundreds of patients to treatment through this program.

“Grady implemented a Meds to Beds program focused on reducing 30-day readmissions and improving patient experience. In this program, when a physician places a discharge order, the pharmacist receives an automatic alert to visit the patient.  The pharmacist then ensures the patient (or family member) has the medications needed before discharge, and they understand the instructions.  Of the patients entered into the program, Grady is seeing an increase in revenue and decrease in 30-day readmissions,” said Philip W Bradley regional director, North America, healthcare advisory services, operations, HIMSS Analytics.

Grady will be recognized at the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, Feb. 19-23, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Grady Health System and Aetna Reach Agreement

Members Will Not Lose Access to One of Georgia’s Best Healthcare Providers

Grady Health System announced today that the two organizations have agreed to a new contract which maintains full in-network access for Aetna members to the clinical services of Grady Health System.

The negotiation began in July 2016 to address the ten year old contract.  

 “We are pleased we have successfully and mutually reached a new agreement with Aetna,” said Richard Rhine, Senior Vice President, Revenue Cycle, Grady Health System.  “This new agreement means that Aetna members continue to have access to the unparalleled skill and experience that Grady provides area residents.”