Most Atlantans know Grady for its trauma and emergency services. You've seen Grady ambulances on scene and Grady surgeons on television during local disasters. As the premier level I trauma center within 100 miles of metro Atlanta, we make sure full trauma surgical teams are in the hospital 24/7 - ready when you need us.
But maybe you didn't know our emergency services also include asthma, burn, sickle cell and stroke care. And don't forget our critical care and intensive care units - including our neonatal intensive care unit. So no matter what the problem is or how small the patient is, we have trained doctors and staff available - ready when you need us.
Speaking of doctors, Grady is an internationally recognized teaching hospital staffed exclusively by doctors from Emory University and Morehouse schools of medicine. In fact, 25 percent of all doctors practicing medicine in Georgia received some or all of their training at Grady. We are also accredited by The Joint Commission - that shows patient care and safety matter to us.
But that's not all we do. Grady provides primary care services at our main Primary Care Center located at the hospital and six Primary Care Centers located around Fulton and DeKalb counties. Why? Because we want to you have a primary care physician to help you stay healthy.
Why stop there - Grady's other service centers include a Diabetes Center, Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence and Avon Foundation Breast Health Center. Grady is also a Regional Perinatal Center. And, we provide a dedicated 60 Plus service line for older adults, Teen Health Services and 100 other subspecialty services.
Because of our around the clock service and medical expertise, Grady houses Georgia's Poison Center and 24-hour Rape Crisis and Advice Nurse lines. And, our Ponce de Leon Center was named one of the top three HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in the country.
Grady Health System was created by and named for Henry W. Grady, editor of the "Atlanta Constitution," who worried about the lack of quality health care for Atlanta's poor. Since that time, Grady has grown considerably from its original three story, 110-bed facility. It now stands as one of the largest health systems in the United States.
Grady Health System today continues to maintain its strong commitment to the health-care needs of Fulton and DeKalb counties underserved, while also offering a full-range of specialized medical services for all segments of the community.
Sharing our performance data on a regular basis is our way of demonstrating this commitment. Regulatory and Accrediting organizations have selected a standard set of "indicators" for our quality report card.
The following are examples of some quality and safety programs at Grady Health System that are a direct result of the collaboration of the healthcare team - leadership, staff, volunteers, and patients:
Rapid Response Teams act as a support system to our nurses and physicians when they have a concern about a patient's condition. Our goal is to save lives through early interventions.
This program helps identify all adult patients at risk of falling. Patients are assessed upon admission and daily for a patient's length of stay at the hospital.
Our patients are active members of their healthcare team. We have developed a program designed to encourage patients and their families to "speak up" concerning all aspects of their healthcare experience.
We comply with current World Health Organization (WHO) hand hygiene guidelines. Grady expects all healthcare providers including physicians, nurses, and staff to clean their hands before and after every patient contact. We encourage patient and family involvement in ensuring hand hygiene compliance.
Our goal is to eliminate pressure ulcers by preventing skin breakdown. Grady has a skin safety program to evaluate and treat patients in order to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers.
What We Report
Our quality report cards are issued for specific conditions or procedures and compare the quality of our outcomes against the established standards for the treatment of the condition or performance of the procedure.
You may also view quality data reports for Grady Health System through these third-party sites:
Results posted on these sites reflect a rolling 12-month average and may not accurately convey progress toward achieving our quality objectives. For this reason, we have provided our most current quarterly performance. This data has been collected as part of our submission requirements but may not yet be displayed on the sites referenced above.
Patient satisfaction measures our patients and families perception of the quality of care provided during their stay or visit.
We currently measure ten areas:
Grady has been working with Press Ganey since 2006 to measure and improve our patients' satisfaction. Press Ganey is a consulting company that provides surveying and reporting services to more than 7,000 healthcare facilities in the United States. This partnership allows us to compare our patient satisfaction metrics to those of other healthcare providers in our area and nationwide.
Grady Health System strives to provide outstanding safety practices for our patients, their families, and our staff. We work closely with national and local regulatory agencies on all aspects of patient, medication, and environmental safety.
At Grady, education concerning these goals is ongoing and compliance is mandatory for all staff.
National Patient Safety Goals