We know Georgians are counting on us to make a difference—both in the lives of kids and in the strength of our communities. In 2011, Children's provided $149 million in community benefit, seeing more than 325,000 children from all 159 counties in Georgia.
Medicaid’s Impact on Us
A reduction to the Medicaid budget means vital services would be at risk. Children's is the largest Medicaid provider in Georgia.
- We see eight out of 10 pediatric inpatient Medicaid cases in metro Atlanta and four out of 10 in the state.
- More than half of our billed charges are for Medicaid patients.*
We receive payment that is approximately 25 percent less than cost. This is much less than the amount Medicare reimburses for adult cases. In 2011, we provided $149 million in community benefit.
- The average spending on a Medicaid child is $1,524.
- For other enrollees, it is $7,987.
- For every 1 percent reduction in Medicaid provider payments, Children's is negatively impacted by approximately $3 million.
Our Economic Impact on the State
- Children's directly employs 8,200 and serves patients from all 159 counties, making our impact on Georgia’s economy significant.
- Based on the two most important factors in the Georgia economy, employment and employee compensation, our economic presence rivals that of the Kia automotive plant in west Georgia.
Our Impact on Children
Children's operates three hospitals and 20 neighborhood locations, including five Urgent Care Centers and Marcus Autism Center.
In 2012, Children's:
- Saw 346,356 unique patients.
- Managed 25,868 hospital admissions.
- Performed 38,663 surgical procedures (inpatient and outpatient)
When kids need care, most parents turn to our Emergency Department, where in 2012 we had 213,579 visits.
- Children’s at Egleston is the only Level 1 pediatric trauma center in Georgia, and Children's at Scottish Rite is a Level 2 pediatric trauma center.
- We treat two-thirds of all Georgia pediatric trauma cases.
Studies show children need specialists.
- Four of the five pediatric neurosurgeons in Georgia work at Children's.
- We are the only facility in Georgia for pediatric heart transplant; in fact, we have performed 99.5 percent of the pediatric heart transplants in Georgia since 1988.
- We also performed our 500th kidney transplant in 2011—one of only a handful of hospitals in the U.S. to achieve this milestone.
A 2009 study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation reports that the well-being of Georgia's children ranks 42nd in the nation. Children's is taking a lead on improving this ranking as part of our 10-year strategy.
Children's is an academic, strategic or research partner with Emory University School of Medicine, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Cancer Coalition and the Medical College of Georgia.
*Children's meets all Certificate of Need (CON) requirements.