State Sen. Vincent Fort and activist Derrick Boazman were involved in a scuffle with Grady Hospital security outside of the hospital board room shortly before the meeting was moved across the street. Fort told the board members that he was skeptical about the proposal.
The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce in July proposed that Grady change its governing structure to create a nonprofit board to control daily operations, though the current board would retain ownership of the health system. The plan has been met with skepticism from activists and citizens who fear the change would threaten the hospital's mission as a safety net hospital that cares primarily for the city's poor.
"Y'all ought to be ready to stay here all night," Fort said when board members asked him to conclude his speech. "The fight ain't over. If some of us have to go to jail, so be it."
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