Community benefit report
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 2015, Children's provided $164.6 million in community benefit, serving more than 365,000 children. We serve kids 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 less than cost. Children comprise almost 60 percent of the Medicaid enrollment, but make up less than one quarter of spending.
For every 1 percent reduction in Medicaid provider payments, Children's is negatively impacted by approximately $5.3 million.
Our economic impact on the state
Children's directly employs more than 10,000 and serves patients from all 159 counties, making our impact on Georgia’s economy significant.
Our impact on children
Children's operates three hospitals, Marcus Autism Center and 27 neighborhood locations, including five Urgent Care Centers.
In 2016, Children's:
- Saw 391,277 unique patients.
- Managed 27,836 hospital admissions.
- Performed 42,781 surgical procedures (inpatient and outpatient)
When kids need care, most parents turn to our Emergency Department, where in 2016 we had 236,595 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.
- In 2016, more than 24,000 children visited our Emergency Departments for trauma care, and we treat about 60 percent of pediatric trauma patients in the state.
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 600th kidney transplant in 2014—one of only a handful of hospitals in the U.S. to achieve this milestone.
A 2016 study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation reports that the health of Georgia's children ranks 42nd in the nation. Children's is taking a lead on improving this ranking as part of our dedication to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow.
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.