Considering that the Level I Trauma Center and state Center of Excellence at Grady Memorial Hospital has over 3,000 trauma admissions annually, 27 percent with penetrating injuries, it was becoming more paramount that its cramped quarters be updated so that it could maintain its tradition of providing state-of-the art care while continuing to move patients quickly and safely through the system.
On October 21, 2011, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to commemorate the completion of the $7 million renovation of the trauma center’s resuscitation section, now known as the Marcus Trauma Center. Made possible by a generous gift from The Marcus Foundation, the renovation increased the number of major trauma resuscitation bays from four to seven and added eight additional rooms designed to evaluate and resuscitate patients with mild to moderate injuries. The expansion also allows for the treatment of up to 16 patients, two per trauma bay, if a mass casualty situation should arise.
Despite the fact that Grady's trauma resuscitation bays had become weathered and its resources stretched over the years, the quality of its often life-saving care was never in doubt. This refurbishment will enhance the trauma team's efficiency, allow for growth in services, and nurture heightened research and educational potential.
"Grady is a tremendous asset to this community," says Bernie Marcus, chair of The Marcus Foundation. "It is for the good of all citizens, hospitals, and services that Grady remain the premier Level 1 Trauma Center in the region and be able to respond to increasing demand with the most up-to-date facilities and technologically advanced equipment to go with its highly skilled medical personnel."
The Marcus Foundation donated $20 million to Grady in 2009 to improve care to trauma and acute neurological injury victims. The money was used to create the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center, which opened in March of 2010, and the decidedly modern Marcus Trauma Center, which is scheduled to be fully operational and receiving patients by mid-November 2011.