Grady Health System Names Coca-Cola as Official Beverage Provider

For Immediate Release
May 1, 2013                                           
Contact: Denise Simpson
404-616-6855
dsimpson@gmh.edu

Grady Health System Names Coca-Cola as Official Beverage Provider 
Long-term agreement supports the Grady Health Foundation

ATLANTA, May 1, 2013 – Two of Atlanta’s most recognizable institutions – Grady Health System and Coca-Cola – are coming together. Grady Health System announced today that Coca-Cola is the official beverage provider for the system, which includes Grady Memorial Hospital, six neighborhood health centers, Crestview Health & Rehabilitation Center and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, which is operated as a Children’s affiliate.

“Grady is excited to be able to offer our visitors and staff an outstanding array of beverage choices and, at the same time, enhance the Grady Health Foundation’s ability to fund important programs and services Grady provides to our patients,” said Lindsay Caulfield, Senior Vice President of Planning and Marketing, Grady Health System.  

As part of the long-term agreement, Coca-Cola will provide financial support to the Grady Health Foundation, a nonprofit that supports Grady Memorial Hospital, Georgia’s largest safety net hospital. The funding supports education, capital renovation, research and development and advanced medical technology to better serve Atlanta’s indigent, uninsured and critical care patients.

“Coca-Cola has a history of supporting organizations and venues in our hometown of Atlanta, and our ongoing relationship with Grady is something we are proud of,” said Pam Stewart, Region Sales Vice President, Foodservice On-Premise at Coca-Cola Refreshments. “We look forward to providing a wide variety of beverage choices to Grady’s visitors and more than 5,000 employees, and to supporting the work Grady does to keep all Georgians healthy.”

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About Grady Health System
Grady Health System is one of the largest public health systems in the United States. Grady consists of the 953-bed Grady Memorial Hospital, six neighborhood health centers, Crestview Health & Rehabilitation Center, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, which is operated as a Children’s affiliate.

With its nationally acclaimed Emergency Department and Burn Center, Grady has the premier level I trauma center in the region and serves as the 911 ambulance provider for the city of Atlanta. The state’s only Poison Center is housed at Grady as well.
The Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center , Grady Diabetes Center, Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence, Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, and the Avon Breast Health Center are also notable components of the health system. Additionally, Grady’s Ponce de Leon Center was named one of the top three HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in the country.

Other key services include Grady’s Regional Perinatal Center and its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Primary Care Center, dedicated 60 Plus services for older adults, Teen Services, and the Rape Crisis Center. 

Nationally ranked in one specialty, in 2011 Grady was named one of Atlanta’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. In 2012, Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine named Grady one of the country’s Most Wired health systems.