Feature Stories

Grady-focused feature articles from Emory University's magazines and publications.

Tracking Down TB

Community Benefits Report 2015


Many doctors in the U.S. have never seen a case of tuberculosis. Doctors at Grady Hospital diagnose a case per week, more than the total diagnosed in some states in a year. It’s not that Atlanta has more TB than other large cities, says Susan Ray, chief of Emory’s infectious disease service at Grady. It’s that Grady doctors know when to screen for TB — and how to recognize it when it isn’t obvious. More >

  Susan Ray

Aging with HIV
Emory Medicine, Fall 2015

When her surviving son graduated from high school and enrolled in Georgia Tech, Swanson took a job with the Grady Hospital Infectious Disease Program, at the women’s clinic, then transfered to the main clinic. She first visited Grady Health System’s Ponce Center as a patient. Now a senior staff nurse, Swanson has spent more than a decade talking to HIV-positive men and women about how to live with the disease.

Honoring James Eckman's devotion to patients with sickle cell disease
Emory Medicine, Winter 2014

Out of an abiding concern for continuity of patient care, retiring founder James Eckman created the Georgia Sickle Cell Centerat Grady Memorial Hospital in 1984, the first 24-hour comprehensive acute care center for the disease. 

Tackling Stroke
Emory Medicine, Winter 2014

The FDA approved the clot-busting tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) in 1996, following national clinical trials involving Emory doctors. One of those, neurologist Michael Frankel, has directed Emory's Vascular Neurology program for the past decade and now also directs the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center at Grady Memorial Hospital, established with a multi-million dollar gift from the Marcus Foundation.

Clot buster and brain protector
Emory Health, Spring 2013

"This would be a major breakthrough in the care of patients with stroke, if it could be developed," says Michael Frankel, director of the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Health Dateline: Northwest Atlanta
Emory Health, Winter 2013

Imagine a single mom named Gloria. She has four small children and lives in Northwest Atlanta, an area once active with industry that is now an economic desert.

Pulse of the Economy
Community Benefits Report 2012

Emory faculty like Michael McDaniel and Allen Dollar provided $23.4 million in uncompensated care at Grady last year. When patients do have coverage, all payments for Emory services go to the Emory Medical Care Foundation, which uses every penny—$38 million in fiscal year 2011-2012—to support Emory’s mission at Grady.

"Look on Me"
Public Health, Summer 2011

The work of the Avon Foundation Community Education and Outreach Initiative (CEOI) at the AVON Comprehensive Breast Center at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Helping Grady Thrive
Community Benefits Report 2011

Trauma surgeon Grace Rozycki knows almost nothing—name, medical history, or current medications—about many of the patients arriving in the ER in need of immediate surgery. But her team’s extraordinary expertise and judgment often combine to save these patients’ lives against the most desperate odds

Down but not out
Emory Medicine, Winter 2010

Established by Emory psychologist Nadine Kaslow in the early 1990s, the Grady Nia Project is a counseling program for abused and suicidal African American women, which is funded by grants from the CDC and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Helping transform Grady and the lives of its patients
WHSC Community Benefits Report 2010

Last year, Emory physicians provided more than $22.3 million in uncompensated care at publicly funded Grady Memorial Hospital, where Emory medical faculty are responsible for 85% of physician care (Morehouse School of Medicine covers the other 15%). As more and more Atlantans lost jobs and insurance during the mounting financial crisis, the hospital’s historical role as a “safety net” for the community became even more critical.

An afternoon in the ER
WHSC Community Benefits Report 2010

The average emergency medicine physician at Grady sees about 5,000 patients a year, more than half of whom are considered “self-pay,” meaning they have no medical coverage whatever.

Removing fear from memories
WHSC Community Benefits Report 2010

“We believe it’s important to help trauma victims process what happened before that first night’s sleep, when memories are consolidated,” says Barbara Rothbaum, who directs the Emory Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program and is one of the nation’s leading experts on PTSD.

Helping battered women
WHSC Community Benefits Report 2010

Leaving an abusive relationship can take as many as 10 tries, especially for women with no job, dependent children, broken spirits, and no place to go but the street.

Caring for Children
WHSC Community Benefits Report 2010

Emory pediatricians provide a substantial portion of inpatient care at Children Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding Hospital on the campus of the Grady Memorial Hospital.

Atlanta's safety net at Grady
WHSC Community Benefits Report 2009

With health care costs continuing to increase, along with the number of people unable to pay them, many Atlantans feared that the city’s safety net hospital would close, throwing the city’s health care system into disarray.

From a minor illness to full-blown AIDS
WHSC Community Benefits Report 2009

Thanks to a Department of Human Resources/CDC grant given to Emory doctors in Grady’s emergency department, every patient 18 or older is given (with their permission) a free HIV test.

A second chance at life
WHSC Community Benefits Report 2009

Rebecca Moore spent five weeks in a medically induced coma while a team of Emory trauma surgeons and Grady nurses repaired the jumble of injuries she had suffered.

Three times daily with food
WHSC Community Benefits Report 2009

Emory medical professor Ruth Parker (pictured below), who sees many such patients in her work at Grady Memorial Hospital, sounded the alarm on health literacy 20 years ago.

The pink ladies at Grady
Public Health Magazine, Spring 2009

The waiting room of the Avon Foundation Comprehensive Breast Center at Grady Memorial Hospital is crowded with a small sea of women. Whatever their state of health, they are where they need to be for screening or treatment for breast cancer.

Serving in the community: local and global
Emory University School of Medicine Annual Report 2009

An important component of medical training at Emory is the opportunity to work with underserved patients, whether in local clinics for the homeless, at the publicly funded Grady Memorial Hospital, or in developing countries around the globe.

In the community: Meeting vital needs
Emory University School of Medicine Annual Report 2009

In addition to the millions of dollars provided by Emory physicians in charity care each year at each of Emory's own clinical facilities, Emory faculty provide 85% of physician care at Grady Memorial Hospital.

A Voice for Grady
Emory Medicine Magazine, Fall 2008

When the survival of debt-plagued Grady fell into jeopardy last year, HealthSTAT took on the cause in trademark fashion.

Saving Grady
Emory Magazine, Fall 2008

When Grady Memorial Hospital—which cares for Atlanta’s critically injured, chronically ill, indigent, and uninsured—found itself in need of resuscitation last year, student groups, a committed staff, and a concerned community came forward to save the public hospital. Grady now has a new CEO, an infusion of funding, and a prescription for regaining optimal financial health.

Survivor Grady
WHSC Community Benefits Report 2008

 A year ago, Grady Hospital seemed as close to dying as many of the patients who arrive hourly at Atlanta's only level 1 trauma center.

Counting Minutes, Not Money
WHSC Community Benefits Report 2008

Story of a patient treated at Grady's Stroke Center.

The Speed of Super Heroes
WHSC Community Benefits Report 2008

The response of Grady Memorial Hospital to the March 2008 tornado in Downtown Atlanta.

Grady Poison Control Answers 24/7
WHSC Community Benefits Report 2008

Example of case handled by Georgia Poison Control, based at Grady.

Outreach for earlier screening
WHSC Community Benefits Report 2008

How "Pink Ladies" help women who come to Grady with breast cancer.

In the community: Meeting vital needs
School of Medicine Annula Report 2008

Throughout the past decade, as indeed throughout the past century, Emory has provided a solid rock of support to Grady Hospital.

Community Service: Sheer Heart, Shining Through
School of Medicine Annual Report 2007

The story of a bus accident and how Grady sprang to action to save lives.

Community Service
School of Medicine Annual Report 2006

Thanks to Emory physicians, patients seen at Grady receive extraordinary care.