Calling it pivotal to the provision of health services to Atlanta citizens, members of the Atlanta City Council approved a resolution Oct. 15 supporting Grady Hospital and its continuous operation.

The resolution cites that the hospital system is facing mounting debt which may result in its closing or result in the hospital severely reducing health care services it’s able to provide to the indigent, uninsured and underinsured of metro Atlanta.

The resolution also states that the “closing of the region’s pre-eminent safety net provider and a major academic medical center would severely and negatively impact the economy and the quality of life of the city of Atlanta.”

Copies of the resolution will be forwarded to all members of the Grady Hospital Board, Fulton County Commission, DeKalb County Commission, Gov. Sonny Perdue, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Georgia House of Representatives Speaker Glenn Richardson, members of the Georgia General Assembly and to the Georgia Congressional Delegation.