Grady Hospital will serve as a training site for Army trauma teams

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – Grady Memorial Hospital will soon serve as a training site for Army trauma teams.

Grady and the Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General hosted a ceremony to mark the partnership.

This partnership will make Grady the eighth trauma center in the nation to serve as a training site for Army trauma teams.

Hospital leaders said this military-civilian partnership will help achieve the goal of eliminating preventable trauma-related deaths on the battlefield or in civilian settings.

The program allows military medical personnel to develop their clinical skills by working in major trauma centers nationwide.

“For us to be able to train side-by-side with military contractors is really a two-way education,” said Grady Trauma Medical Director Dr. Elizabeth Benjamin. “We gain so much from them and they will gain so much from us.”

Atlanta Medical Center, the other Level 1 trauma center in Atlanta, is scheduled to close in November.

CBS46 asked Grady’s Trauma Medical Director how the hospital can balance these new programs and partnerships while preparing for an influx of patients who are expected to come to Grady once AMC closes.

“Grady is able to absorb so much,” Dr. Benjamin said. “Grady is here for the city of Atlanta and we are strong Grady. We will be great. His incredible leadership running this hospital moved very quickly and created a plan that will work for the city.

Recently, Governor Brian Kemp announced that Grady would receive $130 million in state allocated funds to help increase Grady’s bed capacity by nearly 200 beds.

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