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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  • by Jessica Location: Cairo on May 22, 2011 at 07:19 PM
    LaDon hasn't done a darn thing!!! All he done is say look what I did! When he doesn't even get his hands dirty. Going on family trips all the time in the so called company truck.He gives NO thanks to the real workers which are the support staff! Grady has fell big time since him and the DON has came to GGH!
  • by I'm just saying Location: North florida on May 19, 2011 at 10:03 AM
    Not from tallahassee or Georgia. But hospital construction has to be done by a construction company that is approved by Health Care Administration. You have to be certified to do healthcare construction. So get certified.
  • by LOL Location: Cairo on May 19, 2011 at 09:38 AM
    That's how they bought the Admin. a $50,000 4x4 ,crew-cab truck!
  • by Me Location: Over here! on May 17, 2011 at 10:53 AM
    they aren't cutting employees?????? that's right.....but they are cutting pay!
  • by Stephen Location: new hope on May 17, 2011 at 10:12 AM
    Engineering at GGH shows allegiance to as many local vendors as possible but some areas are out of there control
  • by Dave Location: Cairo on May 16, 2011 at 06:17 PM
    That is cause the big companies pay administrators and dept heads who make the decision as who to award bid faster than the local small contractors.
  • by Sally Location: Cairo ga on May 16, 2011 at 05:33 PM
    So true they let the big tallahsee fl contractors work on Grady general.and want us ( Grady county) to support them? What's up with that?
  • by Becky Location: Cairo ga on May 16, 2011 at 03:46 PM
    Well why y'all let big companies do all the work on Grady general ( Tallahassee fl) give back to Grady county and help you locals who pays y'all and use Grady general?that would help Grady county out bc when we need surgery we COULD go to tmh( Tallahassee) and let them take care of us!
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