One rarely thinks of a hospital as an archetypal institution – one that helps define a state and its people. Yet Grady Hospital has been on the vanguard of Georgia’s history and at the center of its legacy for more than 120 years. Grady is Georgia’s premier Level I Trauma Center.
ating from 1892 with 100 beds and 18 employees, this widely-lauded hospital has been available for the community as a refuge for the underserved and those facing life-altering moments. Today, the mission lives on in a more complex and competitive environment. The burning platform is access to quality healthcare for the entire state – ensuring that all of our fellow citizens are healthy, ready to work and able to support their families and drive our state’s economy. The institution is part of Georgia’s economic fabric, now employing more than 4,000 and offering the broadest array of services of any public hospital in the state. Proficiencies range from trauma, poison control, infectious disease and a Level III Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to cancer, stroke and burn. However, the greatest value is in the people – the health care heroes who treat the patients, and the philanthropists who enable the hospital. These folks are now honored annually for their tireless dedication and service at the White Coat Grady Gala, a black-tie fundraiser for Grady. This signature event will be held on Saturday, March 16, at the Georgia Aquarium. Honorees include Dr. Walter Ingram as “Senior Sage,” Dr. Nadine Kaslow as “Inspiring Mentor” and Dr. L. “Joy” Baker as “Next Generation Healer.” The Metro Atlanta Chamber will receive the “Ada Lee & Pete Correll Healthcare Legacy” award. But why were these honorees selected?
the vast majority of pediatric burn care in Georgia. Under his leadership, the Unit received burn center verification from the American Burn Association (ABA), the highest recommendation a burn center can receive.
Senior Sage: Dr. Walter Ingram has treated thousands of patients during his 20-year tenure running the Burn Unit, including firefighters from across the state when they are injured in the line of duty. His dedication is legendary, highlighted by his tendency to stay in the hospital overnight, every night, when he has a critically-ill patient. Dr. Ingram has not only treated his patients; but he also regularly teaches residents as an Associate Professor of Surgery and Trauma/ Surgical Critical Care at Grady Memorial Hospital and in the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. And he is the director at the Grady Burn Unit. Dr. Ingram presides over this program that has grown to admitting over 500 burn patients per year and providing
Inspiring Mentor: Dr. Nadine Kaslow holds several titles: professor with tenure, Emory University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Chief Psychologist, Grady Health System; vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; and director of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Professional Psychology at Emory University School of Medicine. And we have only to read the headlines in the newspapers to see the relevance of her practice and field of study. She is always listening and teaching both her residents and her patients. Grady provides more mental health services to citizens than any other hospital in Georgia, second only to the state penal system.
DR. WALTER INGRAM
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