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Grady Health System will shut its doors, flooding other Atlanta hospitals with a “patient tsunami” of the indigent unless it overhauls its governing system and lines up new funding sources, a Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce task force said in a report to be released today.

“The situation is far worse than we thought,” said Pete Correll, chairman emeritus of Georgia-Pacific Corp. and co-chairman of the chamber’s 17-member Greater Grady Task Force. “If Grady were a business, it would have been bankrupt a year or two ago.”


  1. Bill Simon says:

    Pete Correll talks as if a business going “bankrupt” is a bad thing.

    Looking at Delta Airlines, it seems going bankrupt in this country is a brilliant scheme to have your history of bad managment decisions wiped away so you can emerge and start with a clean slate.

    Of course, the debt-holders are left holding the proverbial “bag,” but, hey, they had to have known what the risks were to start with, and they should be happy with what they get.

    In Grady’s case, however, the “debtholder” is the public and is it something we can afford?

  2. katurner says:

    Some of the cutbacks in state funded health care have been nutty but I think we need to do more funding of preventive medicine and less of taking nonessential care of the drunks and welfare breeders.

    Another idea is for hospitals to branch out into profit making. Grady could have anything from a housing complex to grocery store to an exercise gym.

    I am also seeing where illegal immigrants are invading even the smaller cities in Georgia. We right now need to press for meaningful, no-amnesty immigration reform. They are sapping our health care system too.

  3. griftdrift says:

    “nonessential care of the drunks and welfare breeders”

    Let’s not forget the non-essential care of foolish teenagers who wrap their cars around trees in the 14 counties that Grady actually serves.

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