Posted on November 22, 2013
Fulton County is proposing to cut its contribution to Grady next year in half - from $50 million to $25 million. (The county is facing a ~$100 million budget shortfall). Since Grady is also facing cuts in the Disproportionate Share Hospital [DSH] Funding it relies upon to serve uninsured patients, and Georgia has decided not to expand Medicaid, the proposed drop in support from Fulton County would have very real consequences. Grady may need to close its outpatient mental health program, shutter neighborhood primary clinics, limit access to specialty care clinics, increase co-pays, or reduce teaching opportunities.
When Grady was at risk of closing in 2008, HealthSTAT mobilized health professional students from around the state in the "Grady is Vital" campaign. The students' participation was critical to helping Grady survive. At the next Board of Commissioner's meeting (Dec 4th 10am - 141 Pryor Street), we need to be there to encourage the Board to restore Grady's funding and preserve the services our patients rely upon. Meeting attendees can offer 2 minute public comments. If you could prepare a brief statement about why Grady's budget should not be cut, that would be wonderful. If you don't want to speak you can reserve time and donate it to someone else, and just showing up in a white coat to demonstrate to the Board that we are engaged also makes a big difference!