Grady General Still Thriving

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
In these tough economic times, some business are downsizing and some South Georgia hospitals have been bought out, but through it all, Grady General is still thriving.

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"It's a small hospital but we have big capabilities," says Grady General Hospital employee Art Courtney.

Grady General may only have 60 beds, but it is one of the largest employers in Cairo.

"The backbone of our hospital is our employees," says Hospital Administrator LaDon Toole.

Hospital staff say Grady General serves as an economic engine for the community.

"I've been proud to see that they haven't had any layoffs and not any cutbacks. I think that speaks very highly of our community," says Cairo resident Marilyn Dollar.

That's because hospital administrators say job cutbacks aren't the first item listed on their chopping blocks. Administrators say they make cuts in other places rather than slashing employment.

Hospital staff say last year they contributed more than 40 million dollars to the local economy while the hospital supplied 297 jobs.

"It brings people that go off to college back to our community," says Toole.

Administrators call it a circulation of investments as long as they provide job stability, they say people are more prone to live and work in Cairo and do business with local companies in the Hospitality City.

Hospital staff say several projects are currently underway including the renovation of patient rooms and entrance ways.

Grady General Hospital is an affiliate of Archbold Medical Center and its regional economic impact was more than 600 million dollars in 2009 including more than 4,000 full-time jobs.

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