Suggestions for fixing Grady…

from a citizen group called the “Grady Coalition.”

I want Grady to succeed, but not if it flouts the rule of law. Any official at Grady who allowed corrupt contracting to politicians must be held to strict account. Why will the public support Grady, if Grady officials thumb their nose at public-minded citizens?

We must not refill or run a sinking ship until we plug the holes. The honest employees, like Joyce Harris, former senior vice president at Grady, and Sam Newcome, MD, the chief of Grady oncology, opposed corruption, and they were fired. Why not rehire these people? They really seem to care about patient care and integrity at Grady.

When will honest law enforcement come? Does the current “crisis” bypass the rule of law? Thurbert Baker, our attorney general, wants to uphold the law in the case of Genarlow Wilson by keeping him in jail, but can not be reached when laws are being broken at a $700+ million dollar a year public facility. The officers of Grady must answer for what they did to precipitate this crisis. There must be no free lunch.

And this..

Emory University virtually runs Grady. Despite Emory’s massive endowment, with more than $5 billion in the bank, Emory has not stepped up to the plate. Emory officials must be held accountable. How about Emory paying Grady for training its students and the use of its facilities, not vice versa? I wish Clark-Atlanta University paid me for my daughter’s education. Don’t you wish somebody paid you or your children for their education? The Grady Coalition has consistently shown part of Emory’s endowment (perhaps as much as 10 percent) actually belongs to Grady. It is time Emory pays the piper.

How many more consultants will Grady hire before it takes action. Cleaning up the corruption and getting Emory to pay for services rendered sounds like a good place to start – and this advice didn’t cost Grady a dime.


  1. Icarus says:

    I like this. Two front page posts today on real issues, Grady and transportation. Yet I’m guessing we’re still going to spend the day posting on the 10th CD.

    As a metro Atlanta suburbanite, I believe the State does have a role in supporting Grady. However, as the post above suggests, the state has the right to demand accountability and provide oversight in exchange for their contribution.

    I also posted in an earlier thread that Rob Pitts has the ultimate Chutzpah award for suggesting that Grady’s $120 million shortfall should come from almost 90% outside sources, including about half from stiffing Emory and Morehouse.

    It’s a serious problem that needs to be taken seriously. I don’t think Pitt’s solution is serious.

  2. Holly says:

    Some of us think the 10th CD is a real issue.

    That said, I can’t believe that a well-funded school like Emory needs Grady’s endowment. Surely there are other sources that Emory can tap into, seeing as how unstable the financial situation is at Grady?

  3. Icarus says:

    No slap at the 10th intended Holly. For those of you there and on the ground, it’s rightfully been the only issue. The rest of us need a little diversity.

  4. Harry says:

    The Grady Coalition is trying to rearrange the deck chairs on their sinking ship. They are trying to avoid the only real solution, which is removing the political class from running Grady, and installing a fully-independent private foundation which can then hire a competent operator. I think this is where Glen Richardson is going with his investigative committee, and what the Grady Coalition opposes.

    One other thing, Emory gains no benefits from association with Grady. They’d love to be done with it; they’re trying to be done with it. It was a community outreach sort of thing. That Emory owes Grady anything, is the most ridiculous idea I’ve read all week.

  5. griftdrift says:

    Really Harry? You mean other than providing their med students their only experience at trauma care? Yeah, Emory gets nothing out of its partnership with Grady.

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