News & Events
March 1, 2013
FDHA Highlights Women in Healthcare during Women’s History Month
March is Women’s History Month and the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority will take this opportunity to highlight the significant contributions women have made in the medical and healthcare industry.
Everyday during this month, we will profile women who are trailblazers in healthcare, some who you may know and others who may have never been recognized for their extraordinary talents in a field of unsung heroes.
To see read about these outstanding women doctors, nurses and scientists, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. If you’d like to submit someone for inclusion, please send a message to our Facebook email.
November 7, 2012
The FDHA urges Americans to get moving and make simple lifestyle changes in recognition of National Diabetes Month
November is National Diabetes Month, and with nearly 26 million Americans living with diabetes, The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority (The FDHA) is urging people to take action and make simple lifestyle changes to improve their overall health – whether you have diabetes or are at risk for the disease.
The FDHA strongly advocates for Diabetes prevention and management due to this chronic illness being a major cause of heart disease and stroke. According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 67% of U.S. adults who report having diabetes also report having high blood pressure. For people with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking all increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
In 2010, more than 9.8% of adults in Georgia were living with diabetes. Due to the enormous increases in diabetes diagnoses, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare”, includes several provisions that directly address gaps in diabetes prevention, screening, care, and treatment. Additionally, The Catalyst to Better Diabetes Care Act of 2009, directs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC to enhance diabetes surveillance and quality standards across the country.
While there’s no cure once you are diagnosed with diabetes, making critical lifestyle changes to improve overall health may prevent the disease. Below are just a few things you can do to avoid this disease. We encourage you to practice these easy tips:
1. Get moving
Physical activity lowers blood sugar and boosts your sensitivity to insulin. Research shows both aerobic exercise and resistance training can help control diabetes, but you’ll get the best benefits if you do various types of exercise, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
2. Go for whole grains
White bread, white rice and potatoes aren’t just bad for our waistlines. They all have a high glycemic index, which can cause spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels.
3. Eat more veggies
Experts differ on the best diet to keep diabetes at bay, but all agree you should increase your vegetable intake – and some fruits, beans, nuts and seeds too.
4. Stop smoking
All the chemicals comingling inside cigarette wrappers can lead to some serious health risks, and in addition to causing cancer, smoking cigarettes also contributes to heart disease, which makes preventing diabetes even more difficult.
5. Drink plenty of water
Water not only helps rid your system of impurities, but it also fills up your stomach. If you drink a large glass 10 minutes before you eat, you’ll decrease your hunger and your portion sizes. Decreasing your portion sizes can contribute to weight loss, which is very helpful in deterring diabetes.
The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority
December 21, 2011
Legacy of Leadership: The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority Celebrates 70 Years of Service
Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital Continues a path of excellence
December 13, 2011 – Atlanta, GA-- Advocacy, education, and healthcare are three tenets of The Fulton- DeKalb Hospital Authority’s long history of service. On December 12, 2011 the Authority commemorated 70 years of leadership that helped build Grady Memorial Hospital into one of the best training hospitals in the United States with a full day of events at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
The day began with a Breakfast Seminar for Trustees, Board members, Metro Atlanta hospital CEOS and Grady Memorial Hospital executives. A Public Forum followed with a robust discussion of the Affordable Care Act and how more insurance choices will create a healthier community. The Forum was open to the Public and was well attended by a large number of community members. A thank you luncheon was hosted by the Authority for supporters of the Authority. Grady Memorial Hospital CEO John Haupert discussed how Grady fits into the Atlanta healthcare network and the importance of the support Grady receives from elected officials and a vision for a bright future for the hospital. The day culminated with an evening celebration honoring the legacy of Trustee leadership, the dedicated staff and the many supporters of Grady. The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority recognized the significant contributions of the dedicated staff of Grady, the efforts of past Authority Board of Trustee Members, the importance of the partnership of Emory and Morehouse Universities and the work of the Transition Team to help move Grady Memorial Hospital to non-profit status and ensure the continuation of a lynchpin in the network of the Atlanta healthcare systems.
The Authority’s 70 year legacy of leadership has secured Grady Memorial Hospital’s position as one of the most important hospitals in the region. The largest hospital in Georgia, Grady serves the Atlanta area as the Safety Net Hospital and provides over 900,000 patient healthcare visits a year and remains the area’s primary care giver for the indigent and medical underserved populations. Core to the mission of the Authority and Grady is being a leading training hospital; in Georgia alone 1 in 4 doctors practicing have trained at Grady. Well known for their Level 1 Trauma Care and Burn Unit, Grady also houses Georgia’s only Poison Center, Level 3 Neo Natal Unit, and Georgia’s Cancer Center for Excellence. They also are one of the world leaders for HIV and Infectious Diseases. These are just a few accomplishments of Grady under the Authority’s leadership.
The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority commemorates the past 70 years of service and looks forward to continuing their mission.
The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority is a non-profit government authority with the mission to promote the general health of the community through education and advocate for the indigent residents of Fulton and DeKalb Counties. The Authority oversees the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation management lease and continues to promote the operations of the Grady Health System.
The Authority Celebrates 70 Years of Service
This year The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, created by the General Assembly of the State of Georgia under the Hospital Authorities Law in 1941 and activated by resolutions of Fulton and DeKalb counties, celebrates 70 years of service to the greater Atlanta community. In April, Dortch hosted the first of several planned celebrations aimed at raising awareness of the Authority's role in promoting the general health of the community and being advocates for the indigent residents of Fulton and DeKalb counties.
Press Releases and Public Notices
All documents are in PDF format.
By Laws Meeting on December 17, 2012, 10:30-12:30p
Executive Committee Meeting on December 10, 2012, 8:30am-10:30am
October 17, 2012 – The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority Compliance Meeting on October 26, 2012, 12pm-2pm