FODAC Receives a 2013 “Healthcare Champion” Award

Stone Mountain GA – (17 December 2013) – Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) was named a 2013 “Healthcare Champion” by the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority. In a festive dinner and ceremony held on Monday, 16 December at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta, Chris Brand, president and CEO of FODAC, accepted the award recognizing the organization in the category “Partner for Healthier Georgia.” Lisa Flagg, CEO for FDHA, presented the award.

“Grady Hospital and FODAC have enjoyed a valuable and mutually beneficial partnership over the years,” said Brand. “This award validates the work that both Grady and FODAC do to help the mobility impaired regain independence and a quality of life. We are honored to be recognized for our contributions.”

Many patients visiting Grady with a debilitating accident have little or no insurance. They may find securing the DME necessary for discharge is an added and unanticipated expense, or their insurance simply doesn’t cover it. Through FODAC, Grady can provide clean, gently-used equipment for disabled adults and children at discharge; this equipment includes wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility devices. By having this equipment at discharge, patients can transition more safely to home, and engage more fully in community and life. Grady also refers patients to FODAC for home and vehicle modifications that will help these patients be more self-sufficient. In addition to regaining their independence, FODAC’s services and equipment also keep these patients safer on discharge, reducing return visits to the emergency room because of falls or other injuries and thus cutting hospital costs.

The 2nd Annual Healthcare Champions Awards was held at the end of the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority Health Summit, a day-long event focusing on healthcare issues impacting Fulton and DeKalb counties. Some of the leading authorities on healthcare, medicine and targeted disparities participated in the 2013 summit.

About FODAC
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) helps people with injuries and disabilities of all ages regain their mobility, independence and quality of life. The non-profit organization provides more than $10 million annually in refurbished home medical equipment (HME) and home modifications in Georgia and across the United States, all at little or no cost to the recipients. A pioneer in re-use, FODAC keeps 200 tons of materials out of landfills each year by refurbishing and reissuing over 400 HME items every month, and is recognized nationally for best practices. For more information, visit www.fodac.org.

About Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority
The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority exists to promote the health of the greater Atlanta community. Governed by a ten member Board of Trustees appointed by the commissioners of Fulton and DeKalb counties, the Authority is committed to working to meet the healthcare needs of the residents of Fulton and DeKalb counties. This is carried out through oversight of the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation, a 17 member non-profit Board of Directors charged with administering the Grady Health System, sponsoring community health events, and advocating for solid healthcare policy in the State of Georgia.

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