Grady Memorial Hospital honored Bernie and Billi Marcus while officially dedicating the Marcus Trauma & Emergency Center on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

The ceremony, which included the unveiling of signage visible from the Downtown Connector, marked a key point in the construction project, which is expanding the emergency department’s space and improving the patient experience.

Bernie and Billi Marcus stand between son Fred Marcus (left) and Grady Memorial Health Chairman Frank Blake outside the Marcus Trauma & Emergency Center.

Bernie and Billi Marcus stand between son Fred Marcus (left) and Grady Memorial Health Chairman Frank Blake outside the Marcus Trauma & Emergency Center.

A contribution from Bernie Marcus paid for a significant portion of the expansion. “Billi and I take great pride in contributing to the success of places that really matter,” he said. “Grady is one of those places, and it continues to improve and save lives every day. I feel positive that the investment we made, along with other key partners, will allow Grady to continue to serve as the state’s leading provider of emergency care while setting new national standards for treatment, and I look forward to following its incredible progress.”

An earlier donation created Grady’s Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center.

“Bernie and Billi Marcus have made an indelible mark on this institution. Today, patients in both areas benefit from high-quality, leading-edge technology and care that can be received few places in the Southeast, if not the nation,” said Pete Correll, the chair-elect of the Grady Health Foundation. “We are incredibly grateful for their commitment to Grady and their understanding of the critical role this health system plays in our community.”

Construction on the expanded and renovated Marcus Trauma & Emergency Center began in 2014. The project includes individual triage rooms, subwaiting areas, flexible treatment rooms and centralized nursing stations and complements Grady’s Rapid Medical Evaluation Care Delivery Model, through which physicians are the first caregivers to see a patient.