ATLANTA, June 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Grady Health System's Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center is expanding its internationally acclaimed care with the opening of its new outpatient center. Unveiled during ceremonies on Monday, June 26, 2017, the state-of-the-art center provides a multi-disciplinary approach to care for patients with advanced neurological conditions. The outpatient center is the first phase of an expansion that will allow the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center to serve more patients and expand its research capabilities.
"Grady's reputation as a regional destination for the advanced treatment of stroke and other neurological issues has led to significant growth. This new outpatient center will provide access to a greater number of patients who will benefit from our cutting-edge care," said Grady CEO John Haupert.
The expansion was made possible by a $10 million gift from The Marcus Foundation, which under the direction of its benefactors, Billi and Bernie Marcus, has invested more than $50 million in Grady since 2009. A significant portion of those funds went to the creation of the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center.
"We believed we could make an incredible impact on the treatment of stroke and neurological conditions here at Grady, and we have." said Bernie Marcus, who attended Monday's event. "Hundreds if not thousands of patients have been saved not only by the cutting edge treatment offered here, but through research that has turned into life-saving solutions. What we have accomplished - and will continue to accomplish in the future - is something we can all be very proud of."
The new outpatient center centralizes diagnosis and treatment functions, allowing for enhanced patient care coordination.
"It is impossible to overstate the impact The Marcus Foundation has had on Grady. This health system is thriving today in large part due to Billi and Bernie's willingness to invest in our future and challenge us not only to deliver the best possible care, but set standards that will save lives for years to come," said Pete Correll, chair of the Grady Health Foundation.
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/distinctions include Grady's Regional Perinatal Center with its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Georgia's first Cancer Center for Excellence, The Avon Comprehensive Breast Center, the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, and the Ponce de Leon Center - one of the top HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in the country. Grady is one of an elite group of hospitals to earn the Baby-Friendly USA international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility. In 2017, Grady earned the prestigious Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, becoming Georgia's first adult acute care hospital to earn the highest rating for improving patient care and safety through health information technology.
SOURCE Grady Health System