By Maria Saporta
Joselyn Butler Baker has been named as the new president of the Grady Health Foundation, beginning Dec. 3. In her new role, she will be responsible for raising financial and civic support for the Grady Health System.
Baker is succeeding Renay Blumenthal, who left the foundation in October, to become vice president of the Marcus Foundation, reporting directly to its president – Jay Kaiman. The Marcus Foundation – and its founder Bernie Marcus – was a leading backer behind a host of improvements at Grady Hospital.
Baker had been working as a consultant and strategist for the Grady Health Foundation, heading up the successful launch of a new fundraising event – VeloCity – earlier this year.
The announcement was made by John Haupert, Grady Health System’s president and CEO.
“Grady is fortunate to enjoy the support of many public and private leaders throughout the region we serve,” Haupert said. “Joselyn’s extensive experience and relationships in the Atlanta community and throughout the state will allow us to build upon that support.”
As head of her own consulting firm, Baker has been working with clients in the health care, transportation, education and conservation arenas. Before starting her own firm in 2015, Baker served as the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s senior vice president for external affairs. She also served as the assistant general manager for communications at MARTA and as press secretary to Gov. Roy Barnes. Previously she also worked for U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson and the late Gov. Zell Miller.
“As we become a hospital of choice for more patients, while still fulfilling our mission to serve the most vulnerable, our financial needs will continue to grow,” Haupert continued in a statement. “As a result, the Foundation will continue to play a key role in shaping the health system’s future.”
In an email Tuesday morning, Baker said she was “super excited” in her new role.
“Throughout my career, I have been proud to work with people and organizations that were making a difference,” she said in a release. “There are few entities that make a greater difference than Grady does every day – saving and changing the lives of patients, training the next generation of doctors, and supporting our region’s economy.”
She added that she is truly honored to have an opportunity to work with leaders at Grady and the larger community “to ensure the continued strength and growth of this critical institution.”
The Grady Health System is one of the largest safety-net health systems in the United States. Grady consists of the 953-bed Grady Memorial Hospital, six neighborhood health centers, Crestview Health & Rehabilitation Center as well as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, which is operated as a Children’s affiliate.
With its nationally acclaimed emergency medical services, Grady has Atlanta’s premier Level I trauma center – Metro Atlanta’s only nationally verified Level 1 center. It serves as the 911 ambulance provider for the city of Atlanta.
Grady’s American Burn Association/American College of Surgeons verified Burn Center is one of only two in the state. And the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center is a Joint Commission designated Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center.
Other key services/distinctions include Grady’s Regional Perinatal Center with its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Georgia’s first Cancer Center for Excellence, the Avon Comprehensive Breast Center, the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, and the Ponce de Leon Center – one of the top HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in the country.
Grady is one of an elite group of hospitals to earn the Baby-Friendly USA international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility.
In 2017, Grady earned the prestigious Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, becoming Georgia’s first adult acute care hospital to earn the highest rating for improving patient care and safety through health information technology.