Marcus Foundation Gives $30 Million for Emergency Room, Stroke Center

Grady Health System in Atlanta has announced a $30 million gift from the Marcus Foundation to expand the hospital's emergency department and the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center.

The gift includes $20 million toward construction of a new $76 million emergency center, with the remaining $10 million earmarked for the addition of a multidisciplinary outpatient center to the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center. Work on the emergency department expansion and redesign — for which Grady already had raised $50 million — began in March 2014 and is expected to be completed in 2016.

In 2009, the Marcus Foundation awarded $20 million to Grady to improve emergency care for victims of trauma and acute neurological injury. Bernie Marcus is a Giving Pledge signatory.

"The state-of-the-art Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center and the Marcus Trauma Center have saved thousands of lives," said Grady Health System president and CEO John Haupert. "This new funding will allow Grady to enhance its role as the state's leading provider of emergency care and make our outpatient neurology services among the best in the nation."