Commentary: Rescuing Grady Hospital a life-saving choice

Original Story on WABE by Maria Saporta

Ten years ago, Atlanta’s Grady Hospital was facing insolvency. A group of business and civic leaders stepped in, raising hundreds of millions of dollars, to transform the aging hospital into providing best-in-class healthcare for the uninsured and underinsured.

At the Grady Health Foundation’s White Coat Gala one of the key ringleaders was recently honored – Pete Correll, retired CEO of Georgia-Pacific. Read more

Fulton County tax case moves to Cobb County, along with potential statewide impact on local taxation

A Cobb County senior judge is slated to make at least the initial ruling in two lawsuits regarding the authority of Fulton County’s Board of Commissioners to set the tax rate higher than set by a state law enacted in 2013.

In an order signed Wednesday, Cobb County Senior Superior Court Judge Grant Brantley was assigned to hear the two related cases. The issues at stake speak to the authority of the state to set a cap on the tax rate that Fulton commissioners can set to fund county services.

Fulton County Chairman John Eaves describes the case as precedent setting. He says the taxing authority of all of Georgia’s 159 counties, and more than 500 municipalities, could eventually be subjected to the outcome of Fulton County’s cases.


Lisa Borders’ Moment helping to integrate Westminster provided life and career lessons

Seventh grade can be an awkward time for any student, but for former Atlanta City Council President and current Grady Foundation President Lisa Borders, helping to integrate an independent private school in Atlanta made it especially challenging.

“What I learned is that I had the capacity not only be at that school, but to excel, and it taught me to deal with adverse circumstances, always,” Lisa said.


Evelyn Wynn-Dixon’s Moment was a vision others had for a life she’s living

As I watch Dr. Evelyn Wynn-Dixon glide into her stride, telling her life story, I try to brush away a nagging premonition that we might soon see her firing up a Monday night crowd at a national political convention – but then again, other people’s premonitions is how she ended up in the mayor’s chair of Riverdale, Georgia.

Evelyn was driven to find a way out of her situation for both her and her children and serves now as an inspiration to her seven grandchildren and others who meet her.