As a vice president at Pathfinders, Gwendolyn Hix leads the company’s efforts to match top performing executive assistants with clients in Atlanta, Georgia. Gwendolyn Hix participates actively in the Atlanta business community and is a member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
Dedicated to promoting economic prosperity and job creation for the city of Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce traces its roots back to the 19th century, when it raised funds for public works, schools, and industry conventions. In 2008, the Chamber played a key role in revitalizing Grady Memorial Hospital, the largest public hospital in Georgia.
Troubled by corruption scandals, fiscal mismanagement and low staff morale, Grady Memorial Hospital faced financial crisis and imminent closure in 2008. Joining forces with the Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority (FDHA), the Chamber established the Greater Grady Task Force to study the situation.
The task force, composed of a diverse array of local business leaders, produced a report with their findings, which recommended that the institution transition from a public form to a private one. Against significant political opposition, the FDHA voted to reform the hospital’s governance and establish the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation, a new nonprofit entity.
Concurrently, the Chamber helped the hospital obtain $325 million in much-needed upgrades. Together with structural reforms accompanying the governance changes, the additional funds and equipment ensured that vital patient services could continue.