In its 6th year, the Grady Health Foundation White Coat Grady Gala will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at the Georgia Aquarium. The event, which honors the Grady Health System’s most inspiring healthcare heroes, is truly unique and centered around the stories of patients and the physicians who saved their lives, highlighting the incredible impact that Grady makes on the metro Atlanta community. More than 800 guests, including some of Atlanta’s most prominent business and community leaders, are expected to attend.
This year’s event is being co-chaired by Ernest Greer, Co-President of Greenberg Traurig, and his wife Patrice, and Carol Tomé, CFO and Executive Vice President of The Home Depot, and her husband Ramon. Philanthropist and top-rated television and radio personality Frank Ski will emcee the Gala, for which The Home Depot is the presenting sponsor.
The 2016 Healthcare Heroes being honored at this year’s Gala are:
Dr. Michael Frankel, professor of neurology and director of the vascular neurology division, Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Frankel will receive the Visionary Award for his personal commitment to the creation of one of the nation’s leading stroke centers at Grady, The Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center.
Dr. Franklyn Geary, residency program director of the department of obstetrics and gynecology, Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Geary will receive the Pillar of Excellence Award in recognition of his efforts to create an OB/GYN program for the Morehouse School of Medicine at Grady and his medical practice treating some of Atlanta’s most high-risk expectant mothers.
Dr. Michael McDaniel, assistant professor of medicine in the division of cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. McDaniel will receive the Rising Star Award for his commitment to implementing expanded treatment options for cardiac patients in Grady’s Correll Cardiac Clinic, allowing those suffering from cardiac arrest to receive immediate care.
“These three physicians are the among the best in their fields and we are incredibly fortunate that they have chosen to be a part of the Grady team,” said Renay Blumenthal, president of the Grady Health Foundation. “Their impact on patient care, physician training and our ability to offer Grady as a true healthcare solution for all Atlantans is undeniable. The honor they will receive at our Gala is just a small part of the true recognition they each deserve.”