Grady Health Foundation hosted the awards for the  3rd Annual White Coat Grady Gala, a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony on Saturday, March 16 at the Georgia Aquarium. Hosted by WSB-TV’s John Bachman, the event benefited Grady’s non-profit arm and shines the spotlight on the hospital system’s outstanding physicians and philanthropists who serve metro-Atlanta.

“We are at 98% of our fundraising goal that began in 2008, with $319 million out of $325 million raised, and this success could not be possible without the support of the community and the dedication of Grady’s exceptional employees,” says Lisa Borders, President of Grady Health Foundation. “Each honoree has a unique story, and we hope you will join us to celebrate their achievements and help us reach our financial goal.”

Senior Sage Award | Walter L. Ingram, MD  – Doctor Walter L. Ingram has been the Director of the Grady Memorial Hospital Burn Unit since 1992 and is also Associate Professor of Surgery, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care at Grady Memorial Hospital, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine. Recently, Doctor Ingram began working towards obtaining verification from the American Burn Association (ABA), the highest recommendation a burn center can receive. Following a very successful site visit, verification was granted in May 2012, officially acknowledging the Grady Burn Center for providing high quality adult and pediatric patient care and meeting the ABA’s demanding standards for organizational structure, personnel qualifications, facilities resources and medical care services.

Inspiring Mentor Award | Nadine J. Kaslow, Ph.D, ABPP – Doctor Nadine J. Kaslow is the Chief Psychologist at Grady and current President-elect of the American Psychological Association. She is also a professor at Emory School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and has held a plethora of previous academic appointments at University’s including Georgia State and Yale. Her area of specialty is clinical psychology and mental illness. Doctor Kaslow was a professional ballerina during her doctorial studies (a former member of the Houston Ballet) and is the resident psychologist for the Atlanta Ballet. Her current  focus is on battered women, suicide prevention and ensuring quality mental health services for the underserved.

Next Generation Healer Award |L. “Joy” Baker, MD – After working in the field of clinical laboratory science for two and a half years, Doctor Joy Baker left laboratory medicine to pursue medical school. She studied at the Morehouse School of Medicine where, as a first year medical student, she was elected class president. As a result of her Health Policy Advocacy work surrounding healthcare for undocumented pregnant women and the Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative, Doctor Baker was tapped as a member of the Board of Directors for Health Students Taking Action Together (HealthSTAT), most notably responsible for the “Grady is Vital” campaign to preserve Grady Hospital and its legacy in the city of Atlanta.

Ada Lee and Pete Correll Healthcare Legacy Award | The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC)  – From recruiting business to tackling quality of life issues, MAC’s efforts are designed to promote prosperity and growth for businesses. In the past decade, more than 500 companies have been successfully recruited to the metro-region, creating 55,000 jobs. The Chamber campaigned to expand Grady in 1910 and re-engaged almost century later, in 2007, to ensure its survival.

Recognized as one of the premiere fundraising events in Atlanta, The Backstage Beat was honored to have been invited to the White Coat Grady Gala.

The 3rd Annual White Coat Grady Galawas presented by Delta Air Lines, The Coca-Cola Company, UPS, The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, Kaiser Permanente, AdCare, The Home Depot Foundation, Newell Rubbermaid, Georgia-Pacific, Georgia Power, Regions, Wells Fargo, Waffle House, Yancey Bros, King & Spalding LLP and Intercontinental Exchange (ICE).

About Grady Health Foundation: Founded in 1993, Grady Health Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 public charity that was formed to encourage corporations, foundations, and individual citizens to invest in the continued health and well-being of metro-Atlanta through this vital public resource. Continuing in the spirit of its founders and leading the health system’s first major Capital Campaign, Grady Health Foundation was charged in 2008 with updating and re-engaging the community to support the metro-region’s premier Level I Trauma Center and the southeast’s largest public hospital. Consistent with Grady’s primary mission of caring for those traditionally without health coverage, the hospital delivered $227 million in uncompensated care to those in need in 2011.