About The FDHA

The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority has served the indigent residents in the counties of Fulton and DeKalb, dating back to World War II. Governed by a ten-member Board of Trustees, appointed by the commissioners of Fulton and DeKalb Counties, the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority (“FDHA”) takes its statutory responsibility very seriously under the Hospital Authorities Law, to address the unmet healthcare needs of Fulton and DeKalb Counties. 

The FDHA has established innovative and educational research, networking, financial support, and preventive health programs to augment the healthcare services provided by Grady Health System (GHS) to fulfill the healthcare needs, including mental health, of various populations within Fulton and DeKalb Counties. The FDHA addresses the unmet health needs of those we serve and has collaborated with over 100 organizations in furtherance of The FDHA Mission.

Our Mission

Ensuring quality care is provided through Grady Health System and meeting the unmet needs of the indigent and medically underserved populations in Fulton and DeKalb counties by engaging, educating and empowering communities, healthcare providers and stakeholders.

Our Vision

The FDHA envisions becoming the premier resource for meeting the unmet needs of the communities that we serve.

Amended & Restated Bylaws

Legacy Timeline


The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority is established


The Authority assumed management of Grady Memorial Hospital


The Clay Eye Clinic opened and included the Southeast’s first eye bank


Nursery established for premature infants


Dedication held for Hughes Spalding Pavilion


Ground broken for new 1,069-bed Grady Hospital


The Authority purchased a city block bounded by Pratt, Gilmer, Butler and Decatur streets and contracted to sell Fulton County a parcel of land across from the new Grady for the construction of a public health building


Asa Yancey, MD appointed chief of surgery at Hughes Spalding Pavilion to operate the first accredited training in Georgia for black surgeons


An 18-bed Psychiatric Intensive Treatment Center at Grady was established in partnership with Emory Medical School and the Georgia Department of Public Health


A $1 million home completed for 180 Georgia nursing students


First Intensive Care Unit established


Artificial Kidney Center established


Drug Dependency Unit, Nephrology Center and Psychiatric Emergency Centers opened


Diabetes Treatment Center established


Asa Yancey, MD, appointed medical director


Northwest Grady Clinic opened as health system’s first community-based health center


Burn Center and Emergency Radiology Department open


Grady Rape Crisis Center established and W.T. Brooks Health Center opened in South Fulton


1954 bonds issued for 25 years to raise $20 million to construct the“new” Grady Hospital were retired


Original Grady Hospital building placed on the National Register of Historic Places


Grady School of Nursing graduated last class of nurses


A new 30-year contract approved with Fulton and DeKalb counties to provide medical care to their indigent sick and the Sickle Cell Center opened


Infectious Disease Center opened


The Authority acquired Crestview Nursing Facility, the largest nursing home in the state with 388 licensed beds, and finalized a major comprehensive contract with Morehouse School of Medicine


Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital became a free-standing hospital


Volunteer corporate and civic leaders G. Lemuel Hewes, Ann Cramer, Robert L. Brown and Veronica Biggins established the Henry W. Grady Foundation to raise additional funds for Grady Health System and Boatrock Woman’s Health Center, the first medical center to open inside a public housing complex


Lindberg Women’s and Children’s and The North DeKalb Health Centers established


The Authority celebrated 50 years of managing Grady, dedicating its clinic and diagnostic center in honor of Grace Hamilton Holmes, former Authority trustee and civic leader


Gift from Jane Fonda and matching philanthropic funds raised by Grady Health Foundation renovates the Teen Services Program and the Grady Cancer Center was established with support from the Avon Foundation and the Georgia Tobacco Settlement Fund


Grady Foundation accepted first online donation for Grady Health System


The Brian Jordan & Steve Atwater Employee Wellness Center opened for employees


Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta assumed management of Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital


Local classical architecture enthusiasts partner to restore the Goddard Memorial Chapel at Grady and the Authority leases Grady Health System to the newly formed Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation


A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Fulton County commissioners to clarify their 1984 contract to provide medical care to the indigent sick


The Authority donated one half million dollars in new furniture to the Auburn Avenue Recovery Center and equipment to the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence


The Authority celebrated its 70th anniversary of existence at the annual retreat of the board of trustees


The Authority hosts its first annual Health Summit to shed a light on and provide solutions and dialog about timely and important health issues impacting residents in Fulton and DeKalb counties


The Authority implemented a Community Health Awareness & Prevention Department to take preventative approach to improve community health and reduce visits to Grady’s E.R. Also, the Michael R. Hollis undergraduate Internship Program was launched to give students practical experience and scholarship opportunities


The Authority introduces the Network of Care for Public Health, a groundbreaking tool that surveys all population health statistics in order to present a comprehensive and continuously maintained dashboard of all local health indicators


The Authority launched its Frank Monteith Fellowship program to provide practical, research, and scholarship opportunities to graduate students


The Authority celebrates its 75th anniversary of existence as it hosts its 5th Annual Health Summit – “Building Healthy Communities: One Step at a Time”

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