November 1, 2022
Today, Grady Hospital has become Atlanta’s only level 1 trauma center. It’s not lost on us that some people may be concerned about how this may impact not only their health but the health of their loved ones. We want the city of Atlanta to know – Grady isn’t going anywhere. Our medical team and staff will continue to show up every day, just like we always have.
We have already seen an influx of patients in our emergency department and an increase in our trauma volumes. However, we have taken several steps to help absorb the increased volume. We have hired former Atlanta Medical Center trauma surgeons and primary care physicians to help meet the growing need at our trauma center and in our neighborhood health centers. Additional practitioners have been added to Grady’s Walk-In Center and our ER waiting room. We have added 41 new inpatient beds, and more are forthcoming.
Grady already has a nurse advice line to help patients figure out the appropriate level of care. Additionally, through 911, we are establishing a new triage system for low-level calls based on described patient symptoms to determine whether a telehealth or at-home visit from our Mobile Integrated Health team may be a better option than a trip to the emergency room. Grady is also adding on-demand video visits to our robust telehealth options to address patients’ needs quickly.
Grady remains committed to protecting the health and well-being of the community we are privileged to serve. We know people rely on us to provide the quality healthcare they deserve, and we intend to honor that.