Atlanta Medical Center is a general, surgical, and teaching hospital in Atlanta Georgia. It primary purpose is to provide a wide range of medical services including emergency care, imaging services, bariatric weight loss surgery, and it also supports air ambulance service via heliport (Fuhrman & Humphries, 2010).
The organization began on Thanksgiving Day of 1901 when Pastor Len G Broughton M D of Tabernacle Baptist Church created a small infirmary as a new program for his church. The church’s infirmary started with only five beds but later grew to recruit a staff of physicians and surgeons and a capacity of 75 beds in 1910. Broughton’s exit in 1912 to London left the hospital in turmoil, and it was sold to the Georgia Baptist Convention in 1913 where its name was changed to Georgia Baptist Hospital under the management of Reverent James Long. Its ownership changed severally and in 1997, it was sold to Tenet Healthcare after which it was renamed Atlanta Medical Center (Fuhrman & Humphries, 2010). Recently, in March 2016, the hospital was purchased by Wellstar Health System along with four other hospitals in Atlanta area.
The hospital’s mission is to heal, support, and comfort all whom they serve while maintaining the best possible experience for patients and visitors when on the premises of the hospital.
The hospital’s vision is to be the hospital of choice for the Tri-Cities and South Fulton area, to treat patients, visitors and each other with respect and dignity, to govern themselves in an ethical manner, to practice accountability in all actions, and to ensure the safety and comfort of patients.
A common culture in Atlanta Medical Center is that stakeholders, patients, and visitors are attended to and treated with utmost respect and dignity.
Currently, the hospital has a capacity of 536 beds, and by the end of 2015, slightly over 57,800 patients had visited the hospital’s emergency room (Teegardin, 2012). At the end of the same year, it had a total of 14,096 admissions with its physicians performing 4936 and 3015 inpatient and outpatient surgeries respectively. It is one of the largest hospitals in Atlanta with over 700 physicians.
The hospital’s values are rooted in respect, dignity, and accountability where the best is expected of every stakeholder as well as patients and visitors (Teegardin, 2012). Also, it prioritizes the safety and comfort of patients and staff and strives to maintain the best possible experience for internal and external stakeholders.
Embedment of values in actions, policies, vision, and mission of the hospital
The values of respect and dignity are embedded in the hospital’s actions, and this is evident in the fact that it emphasizes on its staff interacting with and handling patients with respect and dignity. Besides, the hospital has since its foundation come up with policies centered on respect, dignity, and accountability, which are its core values. One of the hospital’s policies in which these values are embedded is that which stresses that staff is obliged to handle patients and visitors with respect and dignity. As seen above, both the mission and vision statements of the hospital emphasize the need to treat stakeholders, patients, and visitors with dignity and respect and with the best possible experience, and as such, the fact that the core values of the hospital are embedded in its vision and mission cannot be refuted.
Fuhrman, G. M., & Humphries, T. (2010). History of the Georgia Baptist/Atlanta Medical Center Surgical Residency. The American Surgeon, 76(7), 672-674.
Teegardin, C. (February 8, 2012). Atlanta Medical Center, South Fulton Medical Center seek consolidation. The Atlanta Journal Constitution.