Grady receives two Georgia Coverdell Acute Stroke Registry Awards

Contact: Denise Simpson  /  (404) 616-6855  /

Grady Memorial Hospital has been honored with the 2016 Georgia Coverdell Acute Stroke Registry (GCASR) hospital Star Award. Grady’s Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center was praised for its outstanding patient care and its work to improve outcomes for stroke patients. The first safety net hospital to earn Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center certification, Grady’s Marcus Center is one of only 100 advanced comprehensive centers in the nation.  

Nominated and voted on by GCASR members, the award is given in recognition of the mentoring, support and passion that Coverdell hospitals and staff provide to the registry. Grady was recognized for changing and continuing to change stroke care in the state.

The Marcus Center’s Stroke Program and Outcomes Analyst Shelley Nichols received GCASR’s 2016 individual Star Award for her work educating rural Georgia hospitals about the Remote Treatment Stroke Center Designation process and for her efforts to decrease the time from pre-hospital identification of stroke to revascularization. Nichols chairs the Georgia Stroke Professional Alliance and was praised as a champion for best practices across the state.

About Grady Health System
Grady Health System is one of the largest safety net 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 medical services, Grady has the premier level I trauma center in the Metro Atlanta region and serves as the 911 ambulance provider for the city of Atlanta. Grady’s American Burn Association/American College of Surgeons verified Burn Center is one of only two in the state. And the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center is a Joint Commission designated Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Other key services include Grady’s Regional Perinatal Center with its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Georgia’s first Cancer Center for Excellence, The Avon Breast Health Center, the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, and the Ponce de Leon Center – one of the top three HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in the county.