September 2015 Around Town 5


Mayor Kasim Reed Hosts Valerie Jarrett for Lead on Leave

More than 250 business and community leaders participated in an armchair conversation today about the importance of paid sick and family leave with Mayor Kasim Reed and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. Atlanta is one of 12 cities in 2015 to host the “Lead on Leave” Tour, a national conversation led by the White House and the U.S. Department of Labor highlighting cities, states and businesses that are leading the way in implementing paid leave policies.

On July 1, Atlanta became the first municipal government in the metropolitan region to offer paid family leave for city employees. The adoption of paid family leave will allow a primary caregiver to receive six weeks of paid time, and a non-care giver to receive two weeks of paid time, which will run concurrently with the City’s current Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) policy, and will ensure no income disruption due to the growth of their family. The paid leave will be made available for use in increments or as one continuous leave to provide flexibility based on the needs of the employee and their family.
“In today’s global economy, working men and women find it harder and harder to find the right balance between work and family,” says Mayor Kasim Reed. “I am proud to say that the City of Atlanta is leading on this issue by making paid family leave a reality for our workforce.”
In January, President Barack Obama called on Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act, which would give every worker in America the ability to earn paid sick time. In his FY2016 budget, he also proposed $2 billion in new funds to encourage states to develop paid family and medical leave programs. The Department of Labor will build on previous grants by using $1 million in existing funds to help states and municipalities conduct feasibility studies on paid leave. In order to lead by example, the President also took steps to modernize the Federal workplace by signing a Presidential Memorandum directing agencies to advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave for parents with a new child and called on Congress to pass legislation giving federal employees an additional six weeks of paid parental leave.

Atlanta Medical Center-South Receives American College of Cardiology Award

Atlanta Medical Center–South in East Point has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2015. Atlanta Medical Center-South is one of only 91 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes Atlanta Medical Center-South’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Atlanta Medical Center-South has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award, Atlanta Medical Center-South consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG for four consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

“The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association commend Atlanta Medical Center-South for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols. The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients,” says James Jollis, MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital.

Daniel Jackson, Chief Administrative Officer of Atlanta Medical Center-South, says, “This award is a proud achievement for Atlanta Medical Center-South. It reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff who care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families. The implementation of these guidelines requires successful coordination of the cardiovascular team and emergency personnel and is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. ACTION Registry-GWTG empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients.

Taste of South Fulton in Princeton Lakes Labor Day Weekend

The Taste Of South Fulton will not only provide stimulation for your ears, eyes and taste buds but a variety of finger-snapping, hand-clapping entertainment with celebrity hosts and guests, demonstrations, awards presentations and some great performances. Starting with a local legend and a world family entertainment icon Ringmaster & Producer Casual Cal. Other activities include a 5K walk around the lake, the ATL Drums, introducing character Blinky & Friends for the kids, and the highlight of the day features Casual Cal’s most talented kids and teens. The South Fulton Chamber will present the “Good Taste Award” to two South Fulton Legends: singer/actress Millie Jackson and former wrestler and now restaurant owner Abdullah the Butcher. Then the stars of the night hit the stage with featured performers girl group 45RPM and a hot new boy band, the world’s new ambassadors against bullying, NK5.

Dunamis S.P.A.R.K.E! Launches #JustOnePair Campaign to Build Awareness of Youth Poverty

Dunamis S.P.A.R.K.E! (DS!) is a youth service organization that exists to ignite and develop the power within youth—so that they transform the world beginning with their generation, one youth at a time. DS! seeks to positively impact inner-city youth, by speaking life into their passions and encouraging their internal drive for the pursuit of excellence. They do this by offering three service tiers: Operation: STEAM, in which they receive training, mentoring and other tools in accordance with their interests in pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math; Project: EXCELLENCE, in which adolescent youth are transformed into young adults with an affinity for self-respect, pursuance of higher personal and professional standards, and a commitment to “Never Stopping at No!” and Stewards of Global Change, in which adolescent become global citizens, and work to gain a communal, world perspective, and heightened sense of cultural competence, while becoming proficient in critical analysis.

To kick off their efforts and change youths of Crawford Long, Dunamis S.P.A.R.K.E! invites the city of Atlanta and surrounding communities to join their #JustOnePair Initiative with The Sweat Box gym for the youths of Crawford Long Middle School. Wear just one pair of shoes for 30 days to raise awareness about how poverty affects youths in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. The organization seeks to raise funds that will be used to purchase 50 pairs of NEW shoes and school uniforms for 50 children at the school. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to students in the Atlanta Public Schools system.

The initiative culminates with the Back 2 School Mayhem event at Crawford Long Middle School on September 3 at 4 p.m. For more information or to donate, please contact Aja Muldrow, MBA, MPA, the founder and CEO, or William Johnson, co-owner of The Sweat Box gym, at Thank you in advance for your support in #TransformingAGeneration!

Editor’s Note

CORRECTION: Last month’s Terrific Teacher Chantrise Sims-Holliman was mistakenly identified as a finalist for the Fishburn Prize, rather than the Fishman Prize, in the article’s title.