Reforming Grady

Senator David Shafer has prepared a bill requiring the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority to turnover day-to-day management of the Grady Health System to a nonprofit hospital management corporation.


  1. Harry says:

    David Shafer is one smart guy. Thank goodness he and Glenn are all over this. We can’t afford to lose Grady….the staff is already starting to bail.

  2. griftdrift says:

    Shafer is right. It does need to convert to a non-profit. However, it doesn’t relieve the grating feeling of seeing the state do nothing for years and then suddenly when the damned thing is near death ride in to save all us poor chilluns from ourselves.

  3. Big Joe says:

    David Shafer is a heartless snake who cares nothing for the masses, only his rich white constituents. His so-called Shafer Amendment wrecked Fulton County and this latest bill is just another attempt to seize Fulton County’s assets without paying for them, like his bill earlier this year to take over Atlanta’s water system. Shafer is the biggest snake in the legislature.

  4. Regardless of the merits of Shafer’s proposal, he must understand what it looks like to DeKalb and Fulton to have the state say “you guys continue to fund it but we’ll tell you how to run it.”

  5. eehrhart says:

    Laughable Chris……

    The quote should be “run it yourselves if you can, BUT if you want millions of state taxpayer dollars, then state taxpayers get a seat at the table”

    Kinda missed that 60 million they want from the state to bail them out didnt you?

  6. Inside_Man says:


    You are exactly right. According to Grady “advocates” (the most vocal of whom at the last Board meeting is a paid AFL-CIO plant) either:

    a) Whitey is trying to take over “their” hospital with a conditional bail out with onerous strings attached, i.e., governance reform.


    b) No one cares about their health care so the state and big business will let the hospital die.

    The only acceptable option, it seems, is to hand over $120 million dollars in emergency aid and pat them on the back for doing such a great job. Did I miss something? Why doesn’t the state just dig a big hole and burn that money? It would do just as much good. Without major structural changes that place is doomed to insolvency. The Board and DeKalb county are playing chicken with the state to see who blinks first. If the state does the smart thing and doesn’t balk, they would just assume let the place go under so Vernon, er, Snuggles can say that Republicans don’t care about black people’s health. That might be a case of cutting off your arm to spite your hand but thats the kind of situation facing the hospital.

  7. Trackboy1 says:

    So John Eaves, ye of that disgraceful campaign ad below, appoints Tom Dortch to the Grady Bd. Who’s Tom Dortch? Former head of the Atlanta-Fulton Co. Recreation Authority, who brought us that million dollar-plus taxpayer losing Fanplex.

    Remember this:
    Sound of kettle drums, followed by pulsing strings)

    LEWIS: This is Congressman John Lewis.

    FRANKLIN: And I’ m Mayor Shirley Franklin.

    YOUNG: And I am Andy Young.

    LEWIS: On Nov. 7, we face the most dangerous situation we ever have. You think fighting off dogs and water hoses in the ’60s was bad. [Now we] sit idly by, and let the right-wing Republicans take control of the Fulton County County Commission.

    FRANKLIN: The efforts of Martin and Coretta King, Hosea Williams, Maynard Jackson and many others will be lost. That’ s why we must stand up, and we must turn out the vote for the Democrats on Election Day.

    YOUNG: And especially for John Eaves for Fulton County Commission chairman. Unless you want them to turn back the clock on equal rights, and human rights and economic opportunity for all of us, vote for John Eaves as Fulton County chairman.

    LEWIS: Your very life may depend on it.

  8. griftdrift says:

    As I tried to put more politely before Rep. Erhart, it does kind of make the teeth clinch that for decades the taxpayers of Dekalb and Fulton have supported this asset that benefits the entire metro area and arguably the state and the first response ever received by the state is not “how can we help” but rather a pat on the head and a “let us show you how its done” attitude.

    Yes, yes. Let’s let the legislature with its long legacy of good managment please come forward to show us how to run an enterprise in an effecient and prudent manner.

  9. Flynn G. says:

    Ehrhart and Shafer are right. They invited intervention when they showed up at the Capitol saying they had run the hospital in the ground and needed $150 million to stay open. Shafer is following a Biblical injunction — Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. Grady just needs to accept this help, get themselves in order and stop whining!

  10. griftdrift says:

    But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

    Luke 14:13-14

  11. Icarus says:

    Grady may now get some cash, but this hardly qualifies as a “plan”:

    If I’m reading this right, the Grady board has decided the best way to raise $125 Million is to take the $5 Million they already have from Fulton, ask Fulton and Dekalb to fork over $20 Million more, and then borrow $100 Million that Fulton and Dekalb county taxpayers will ultimately have to pay back.

    So the “plan” by this board that is so essential that it can’t be replaced is to hit the taxpayers they’ve been totally unresponsive and unaccountable to for decades, with a “trust us, this will give us time to fix it” promise.

    Yeah, right.

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