Our Impact On Georgia

Community Benefit Report

Community Benefit ReportWe know Georgians are counting on us to make a difference—both in the lives of kids and in the strength of our communities. In 2014, Children's provided $159.7 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 $4 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 and 27 neighborhood locations, including five Urgent Care Centers and Marcus Autism Center.

In 2015, Children's:

  • Saw 368,342 unique patients.
  • Managed 26,553 hospital admissions.
  • Performed 40,252 surgical procedures (inpatient and outpatient)

When kids need care, most parents turn to our Emergency Department, where in 2015 we had 229,849 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 600th kidney transplant in 2014—one of only a handful of hospitals in the U.S. to achieve this milestone.

A 2013 study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation reports that the health of Georgia's children ranks 38th 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.