Grady Emergency Medical Services has produced some of the best Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics in the world. The large call volume exposes these medics to many different illnesses that you would not ordinarily see in the rural setting. A medic can work at Grady EMS and see more trauma and medical emergencies than most medics see in a 10 year span.
The Training Division is comprised of 2 Training Officers with approximately 12 Field Training Officers. Mel Teet and Mark Griffin are the lead Training Officers who teach all the new hires prior to them being assigned to a Field Training Officer. The task of teaching these new hires is monumental due to the varying levels of skills and knowledge that each medic brings into the classroom. There are many thoughts and Philosophies pertaining to out of hospital emergency care. The Philosophy at Grady EMS is there is your and then the Grady way. It’s the Truth!!!
Grady Memorial Hospital and the EMS department has been providing care to the citizens of Georgia since 1892. The Fulton and Dekalb benefit the most from Grady Memorial Hospital due to its close proximity to the counties. The first big payment for medical services came from the Fulton County Cotton Mill in 1895. The owner of the mill agreed to pay Grady a mere $1000 dollars for complete medical care for all of the factory workers.
The EMS workers were transporting patients from the surrounding areas via a horse and buggy. There were no motorized vehicles to transport the sick and injured. Around the turn of the century the hospital attendants began transporting patients via Ford Model Ts. Can you imagine how uncomfortable that ride must have been when your sick or injured.
The residents of Cabbage Town benefited greatly from this new service. They were the closest to the hospital and most of these residents were Fulton County Cotton Mill workers. The care in those days were considered “cutting Edge”. Literally, you get an infection in your leg and they would cut it off and leave you with a stump. Not to mention the antiquated anesthesia that was used for the operating room.
Those days are behind us now and the future is ahead and bright. I know that someday someone will look back and think we were in the “Dark Ages” of medical care. With that being said and all thing equal and squared, we remain behind in innovation to cure many diseases. I am optimistic that the staff of Grady Memorial Hospital will continue to strive to be the hospital that is leading and guiding all others in the emergency medical field.
The new ACLS protocols are upon us again here at Grady Hospital. Paramedics and Doctors are the ones who will be affected the new changes. We have to be proactive and be willing to accept the new ACLS protocols in order to remain compliant with Grady Hospital. We will have the ACLS certification class in the training room on the ground floor for Doctors and the first floor for Paramedics. Be sure to drop by and lend a hand if at all possible. We appreciate all that you guys do in and out of Grady Memorial Hospital.
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