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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.”


Cardiff Model Will Help Guide Strategies to Prevent Violence in Southern DeKalb County

Replication of Model Facilitates Partnership between Grady Memorial Hospital and DeKalb County Police Department

Violence is a serious public health problem that affects people of all ages, but according to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than half of violent crime (53 percent) in the United States is unreported to law enforcement. Therefore, communities lack a complete understanding of where violence occurs and how to develop tailored prevention programs. The Cardiff Violence Prevention Model (Cardiff Model), developed by surgeon and Professor Jonathan Shepherd, M.D., of Cardiff University in the United Kingdom, provides a way for communities to gain more complete information as to where violence occurs and how to prevent it by forming partnerships between hospitals and law enforcement and others interested in violence prevention. Grady Memorial Hospital and DeKalb County Police Department have created a local Cardiff Model partnership through a CDC Foundation grant funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The partnership, known locally as the United States Injury Prevention Partnership or USIPP, has worked since June 2015 to collect anonymous information on the location and timing of violent events and using that information with existing law enforcement records to create local maps of where violence occurs. Local maps have identified that the southern region of DeKalb County has a higher number of assaults and crimes than other areas of DeKalb County. This information and predictive analysis enhances law enforcement efforts and helps guide environmental improvements that can reduce crime, such as building repairs, safety improvements, and other USIPP-led ideas. Currently, USIPP is partnering with DeKalb Police Department’s South Precinct and business group to develop public health strategies and environmental approaches to address violence and crime in the area.

The DeKalb County Police Department works with area businesses to improve public safety and seek new opportunities to prevent crime in DeKalb County. “We welcome community involvement and partnerships to enhance the quality of life for the residents of DeKalb County,” said DeKalb County Police Chief J.W. Conroy. “We are always looking for new and innovative ways to identify and reduce crime.” USIPP’s support and community engagement have strengthened the interest of businesses to prevent crime by improving their properties using evidence-based environmental approaches such as property beautification and increased security measures.

Daniel Wu, M.D., Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory School of Medicine, says, “The opportunity to work with DeKalb County Police Department allows the hospital [Grady Memorial Hospital] to prevent violence before it enters our doors. We are committed to improving the health of our communities by making them safer through innovative programs like the Cardiff Model and partnerships like ours with DeKalb County Police Department.”

USIPP also has been working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Violence Prevention, which has provided technical assistance and support for adapting the Cardiff Model to the United States and selecting public health approaches for violence prevention. Implementation at Grady Memorial Hospital and within DeKalb County is an initial step toward building a broader understanding of how to adapt the Cardiff Model in the United States.

“We are grateful to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for this grant that provides the opportunity for exploring the use of the Cardiff Violence Prevention Model in the United States,” said Judith A. Monroe, M.D., president and CEO of the CDC Foundation. “It is our hope that this project in DeKalb County and the Atlanta metropolitan region will also help inform violence prevention strategies nationwide.”

Preventing violence and making communities safer are key USIPP goals. DeKalb County Police Department and Grady Memorial Hospital hope to engage with more community groups, public health agencies, local governments, and others interested in violence prevention to scale-up and sustain implementation of the Cardiff Model in the Atlanta metropolitan area. South DeKalb County businesses interested in learning more about how the local Cardiff model partnership could benefit their business and communities are welcome to attend the next business group meeting, scheduled for February 22, 2017, from 10:00–11:00a.m. ET at South DeKalb County Police Precinct, 2842 H F Shepard Drive, Decatur, GA 30024.

About the CDC Foundation
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Atlanta Hawks and Grady Debut Baby Club

Newborns at Grady Will Receive Co-Branded Keepsakes in Welcome Kit

Today the Women’s Center of Grady Health System hosted the launch of the Hawks Baby Club. The exclusive program will provide “Welcome to the Club Kits” containing a co-branded onesie, receiving blanket and membership certificate to the estimated 3000 plus babies born annually at Grady. Both the onesie and blanket are white 100% cotton and adorned with red and gray.

On hand from Grady Health System for the ceremony were Lindsay Caulfield, Sr. Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs and Dr. Jackie Herd, Chief Nursing Officer, along with Steve Koonin, CEO of the Hawks and Philips Arena, who unveiled the kits and introduced items to the families with children recently born at Grady.

“There is no more ‘True to Atlanta’ moment than being born a ‘Grady Baby’ at this iconic hospital,” said Koonin. “The Hawks and Grady have long been allies and the next phase in our partnership looks to the future, cheering on a new generation with hope, health and endless potential.”

The recently renovated Women’s Center was designed “to provide a comprehensive program of services to each woman and family, in a coordinated, seamless and culturally sensitive manner, designed to meet her experience expectations, in a facility that is patient/family-centric.”

“We have enjoyed a long standing partnership with the Atlanta Hawks and today it reaches an exciting new level. As we celebrate this exclusive new program, we also celebrate Grady’s new state-of-the-art women’s center that provides expert care from prenatal services to delivery, to high-risk pregnancies and their special needs, including the state’s only Obstetric ICU and a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,” said Lindsay Caulfield, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs for Grady Health System.

Atlanta Hawks rookie forward Taurean Prince was also on hand to welcome back families who recently delivered babies at the center. He stayed after the event to take photos with the new Baby Club members and signed a few of the new keepsake items from the kits.

Along with the Hawks Baby Club, the partnership between the two will include two in-arena Hawks Baby Race activations sponsored by Grady. The first race will take place at the Jan. 15 game when the Hawks take on the Bucks.

Click here for more information on the Grady Women’s Center.

About the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club
Contact: Garin Narain, Janet Smith or Jelani Downing, Hawks Communications (404) 878-3800
With a bold identity and strong new ownership, the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and Philips Arena remain committed to making Atlantans proud on the court and off. The 2014-15 Southeast Division Champions, the Hawks have made the postseason in nine consecutive seasons and reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history in 2015. Off the court, the organization has built a culture of inclusion, diversity and innovation, all with a touch of Southern Hospitality. It continues into the community where the organization builds bridges through basketball, whether by constructing and refurbishing courts in Atlanta neighborhoods, providing scholarships to our basketball camps, or surprising and delighting our fans with unique Atlanta Hawks experiences. Atlanta Hawks Membership, which includes your seat for every home game for the 2016-17 regular season games, is on sale now at or by calling 866-715-1500! For more information on the Hawks, log on to today or follow us on twitter @ATLHawks.

Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation Board of Directors to meet January 9

The Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation Board of Directors will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, January 9, 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, January 9, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.   Committee Meetings
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.            Executive Session
4:00 – 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