On Wednesday March 29, the Metro Atlanta Chamber awarded the Grady Health System with the Phoenix Award, a symbol of strength, tenacity and leadership.
For 25 years the Golden Helix Awards have recognized Georgia’s most impactful leaders in the life sciences industry, celebrating the individuals who work to advance growth in life sciences and foster strategic partnerships that create a healthier world. As a part of the Golden Helix Awards program, the Metro Atlanta Chamber sponsors and presents the Phoenix Award, a special honor recognizing the outstanding collaborations, healthcare systems, professionals and partnerships all working to drive translation and lead to new treatments and cures.
“The Metro Atlanta Chamber is honored to present his year’s Phoenix Award to Grady Health System, an Atlanta institution that has been treating patients in Georgia for more than 130 years,” said David Hartnett, Chief Economic Development Officer at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “Thanks to the tremendous leadership of their president and CEO, John Haupert, Grady operates one of the nation’s best trauma centers, and their legacy of service is perfectly aligned with the spirit of the Phoenix Award.”
Grady Health System, one of the nation’s largest safety net health systems, consists of Grady Memorial Hospital, six neighborhood health centers, Crestview Health & Rehabilitation Center and the Ponce de Leon Center – one of the top HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in the country.
With its nationally acclaimed emergency services, Grady is Atlanta’s only Level 1 trauma center. Grady EMS serves as the 911 ambulance provider for the city of Atlanta, South Fulton communities and numerous counties across Georgia. It also operates the state’s first Mobile Stroke Unit, taking cutting-
edge pre-hospital care directly to patients. Grady’s elite 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 distinctions include Grady’s Regional Perinatal Center with its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Georgia’s first Cancer Center for Excellence and the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center.
Grady Health System President & CEO John Haupert accepted the Phoenix Award presented by Eddie Lai, senior manager of Life Sciences and Digital Health at the Metro Atlanta Chamber.
Full list of Golden Helix Award winners:
TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD • Robert Kuhn, FCS Innovation Academy STEM High School
EMERGING LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD • Andrew Short, Georgia Institute of Technology
LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD • The Honorable Mike Cheokas
PHOENIX AWARD • Grady Health System
INNOVATION AWARD • Paenibacillus Larvae Bacterin, Honeybee Vaccine, Dalan Animal Health • Saol Therapeutics
COMMUNITY AWARD • Juan-Carlos Aguilar, PhD • Roberto Alva, DVM, MS, PhD • Jim Forbes • David C. Hess, MD • James Lillard, PhD, MBA • Nakia Melecio
DEALS OF THE YEAR AWARD • Antiviral Countermeasures Development Center (Public Financing) • Boston Scientific (Economic Development) • Center for Healthy Aging, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University (Public Financing) • Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Public Financing) • Micron Biomedical (Private Financing) • Nyra Medical (Private Financing) • OXOS Medical, Inc. (Private Financing) • UCB & Zogenix (Acquisition)
INDUSTRY GROWTH AWARD • Sherry Farrugia • Jeffrey Rapp, PhD