Our Impact On Georgia

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 2019, Children's provided $229.5 million in community benefit, serving more than 444,000 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.

In 2019, we provided $120.7 million in care to families who could not cover the costs of their care. Patients who received this care include the uninsured and also children covered by Medicaid, for whom we are reimbursed less than what it costs to provide care.

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 $6.3 million.

Our economic impact on the state
Children's directly employs more than 11,000 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, Center for Advanced Pediatrics and 19 neighborhood locations, including eight Urgent Care Centers.

In 2019, Children's:

  • Saw 444,076 unique patients.
  • Managed 26,818 hospital discharges.
  • Performed 44,993 surgical procedures (inpatient and outpatient)

When kids need care, most parents turn to our Emergency Department, where in 2019 we had 244,403 visits.

  • The Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center at Egleston hospital and Level 2 Pediatric Trauma Center at Scottish Rite hospital give Children’s the only designated pediatric trauma centers in the state.
  • In 2019, more than 22,000 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.

  • Children’s is ranked among the nation’s top pediatric hospitals in all 10 specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 edition of “Best Children's Hospitals.”
  • There are a limited number of board-certified pediatric physiatrists in the U.S., and we have three on staff.
  • In 2019, we performed more than 44,900 surgical procedures—more than any other children’s hospital in the country.
  • Through the use of specialized cameras and live video, our telemedicine specialists provide consultations and evaluations to children who do not have access to a pediatric specialist close to their homes.
  • In addition to educating hundreds of trainees through our own research and treatment programs, we are teaching professionals around the world how to diagnose and treat children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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.

Download a PDF of our 2019 Community Benefit Report

Community Affairs

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has a long tradition of community involvement. From employee volunteers to community outreach efforts, we strive to reach outside our hospital walls to educate and support families with clinical services in many neighborhoods around Atlanta.

Our community development officers collaborate with community leaders and support Children’s services and mission with local outreach activities. They work to develop community engagement plans that create recognition and acceptance for Children’s as the area's premier pediatric healthcare provider.

This includes developing relationships with local governments, corporate employers, school systems, donors, volunteers and patient families for the purpose of linking Children’s services and programs to the communities it serves.

Community development officers

Beth Buursema
Senior Director, Foundation and Community Relations
Cell: 678-237-3498

Laurie Cole
Community Development Officer
Counties covered: North Fulton, Forsyth and Dawson County

Scarlet Pressley-Brown 
Community Development Officer
Counties covered: Dekalb and Fulton County (Hughes Spalding hospital)

Janet Read
Community Development Officer
Counties covered: Cherokee and Pickens County
Cell: 404-317-7443

Laura Turner
Community Development Officer
Counties covered: Henry, Butts, Spalding, Clayton and Fayette County
Cell: 404-201-0822

Annie Valenty
Community Development Officer
Counties covered: Gwinnett and Hall County
Cell: 404-834-1282

Pam Younker
Community Development Officer
Counties covered: Bartow, Cobb and Paulding County
Cell: 404-317-1904

Organize a fundraiser or service project

Are you a member of a service, professional or social group looking for a charity to support? Or are you part of a business or organization that coordinates philanthropic events? Consider designating Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as your beneficiary. Big or small, your fundraisers—everything from road races and cycling events to golf and tennis tournaments, food and wine tastings and black-tie affairs—can help us meet the critical needs of the young patients at Children’s.

Learn more about how you can fundraise for Children’s

Community Health Needs Assessment

In 2016, Children’s conducted its second Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). With input from a broad range of truly remarkable healthcare leaders passionate about the interests of children and adolescents, we identified and prioritized pediatric community health needs to help advance the health and wellness of children and adolescents within our community. All 10 of the health needs identified in the 2016 CHNA have been addressed by programs and services at Children's.

To continue to advance the health and wellness of children and adolescents within our community, we conducted our third CHNA in 2019. The assessment helps Children’s better understand the needs of the pediatric healthcare community, informs our community benefit activities and influences our strategic planning efforts. Our Board of Trustees has adopted the 2020-2022 Community Health Needs Implementation Plans for Egleston and Scottish Rite hospitals and is committed to expanding and leveraging our existing programs, services and resources to improve the health of children in our community.

2019 Community Boards

Our community boards are composed of local business, community and nonprofit leaders who are not only dedicated to community service, but also focused on the needs and well-being of children in their communities. Board members work as advocates and liaisons between the community and Children's.

As liaisons, they often voice the needs and concerns of the community to Children's, expressing how the healthcare system can better serve the community. The Children's Community Board plays a vital role in advancing the Children's mission of making children better today and healthier tomorrow.

Meet our 2019 community board members:

Cherokee County

Dennis Burnette

Beth Choppa
Director of Community Relations
TPG Real Estate

Shannon Gibbs
Cherokee County Fire Department

Karen Hawley
Cherokee County Retired Educator
Adjunct Professor Reinhardt University

Carla LaMorta
Carlaken Holdings

Earl Pinkett
Retired Program Manager
Lockheed Martin

Betty Roach
Former Substitute Teacher
Cherokee County School District

Jodi Sears
Former Teacher
Cherokee County School District

Brit Vincent
Agent & Operating Partner
Red State Insurance

Pat Wallace
Retired School Nurse
Cherokee County School District

Cobb County

Paula Alexander
Special Agent
U.S. Air Force

Melinda Ashcraft
Retired Park President
Six Flags Entertainment 

Clark Cantrell, M.D.
Summit Pediatrics

Phyllis Gingrey Collins
Gentry, Smith, Dettmering, Morgan, Schnatmeier & Collins LLP

Wimberly Dayton
Emergency Room Nurse, RN
Northside Hospital

Chris Godfrey
Senior Associate
Avison Young

Heidi Green
Community Volunteer

Ryan Grelecki
Clinical Assistant Professor
Georgia State University|Robinson College of Business

Allison Gruehn- Special Advisor
Real Estate Agent
Johnny Walker Realty

Dan Guill
Program Manager
Jacobs Project Management Company

Beth Johnston
Educational Consultant
Professional Development Services

Rob Mayes
Supervisor IT Specialist
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters, Office of the Chief Security Officer, Enterprise
Security Services Division

Sharon Mason
President and CEO
Cobb Chamber of Commerce

Tricia Newton
Program Manager
Realty Trust Group

ShaTonya Nicholson
Community Relations Manager
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

Nell Patterson
Global Category Strategy Team
InterContinental Hotels Group, Inc. 

Cicily Dunlap Primous
Education Advocate/Zaxby's Unit Marketing Director

Elaine Puckett
Community Volunteer

Allison Singleton
Community Volunteer

Ron Sumpter
Developmental Officer, Church Relations
MUST Ministries

Dr. Mark Tillman
Dean, WellStar College of Health and Human Services
Kennesaw State University

April Wright
524 Creative

P.J. Zonsius
Senior Manager of LCI
Gas South

Forsyth County

Jack Allen
Ingram Funeral Home

Chantal Bagwell
Civic Leader

Teresa Bennett
Bennett Graphics and Civic Leader

Apollon Constantinides Jr.
Lakeside Pharmacy

Beth Daffin
Civic Leader

Cindy Elliott
Executive Director Chase Elliott Foundation

Paula Gault-Hughes
Forsyth County School System

Judi Jenkins
Retired Educator

Jason Joseph
Managing Director & Partner at Mayfair Street Partners, LLC

Panyavee Khan, M.D.
Pediatrician and Co-owner
Cumming Pediatric Group 

John Lauth
Courier Connection 

Mary Helen McGruder
Sawnee Mountain Foundation 

Wendy Parker
Civic Leader

Tim Perry
President and Chief Executive Officer
Citizens Bank of Forsyth County

Kevin Tallant
Miles Patterson Hansford Tallant

Rick Wallace
Captain, Southwest Airlines

Amanda White
Civic Leader

Fulton County (Hughes Spalding Hospital)

Ivan Allen, IV
Staples Contract and Commercial
Director, Enterprise Business Development

Samuel Bacote
Community Volunteer

Helena Bentley, M.D.
Kidcare Pediatrics at Cascade

Mary Brock
Dream Too, LLC

Janet Chess
Chief of Staff

Runette Flowers, M.D.
South Dekalb Pediatrics

Farah Cook
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

William Fogler
Owner and Founder
WM Events

Dr. Brook Dennard Rosser
Talent Acquisition & Retention Liaison
Knox County Schools

Lovette Russell
Community Volunteer
Chair, HSCB

Steve Smith
Studio Analyst/Retired NBA Player

Gwinnett County

Paul L. Atkinson, CPA
Smith and Howard CPA's

Melvin Everson
Vice President of Economic Development
Gwinnett Technical College

Kathy A. Fincher
World-Renowned Artist
Kathy Fincher Art

Tina Fleming
Director, Community Services
Gwinnett County

Rob Geoffroy
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
AMB Sports and Entertainment

Scott Haggard
Director of Government and External Affairs
ATL Transit Authority/State Road and Tollway Authority

Nicole Love Hendrickson
Community Outreach Director
Gwinnett County

Kerri Leland
Social Media Consultant

Kim Nelson
Group Vice President

Tracy Proell
Marketing Executive

Windy Reeves
Director, Event Marketing
Feld Entertainment

Jim Sass
Dean of Information Technology
Gwinnett Tech

Lisa Sherman
Director of Economic Development
City of Lawrenceville

Kameron Taylor
Community Leader

Aida Young, President
AY Events

Southern Crescent

Kira Harris-Braggs
Mainstreet Manager
City of Stockbridge

April Brown
Director of Student Services
Henry County Schools

Dominik Browne
Director of Training and Development
Norfolk Southern

Matt Clark
C&C Fence

Casey Crumbley
Smith, Welch, webb and White

Mary Elizabeth Davis
School Superintendent
Henry County Board of Education

Katlyn Foulks
Alternative Logistics/Taylor Foundation

Barry Hiett
Business Development Director
Active Pest Control

Scott Mayfield
Smith, Welch, Webb and White

Susan McBrayer
Community Volunteer

Kristen Miller
Griffin-Spalding Archway Professional
University of Georgia

Pam Milling
Community Engagement Specialist
Piedmont Henry Hospital

Standish Ponder
Crowne Realty

Robin Stanton
Sacred Journey Hospice

Jackie Schwendinger

Laura Sistrunk
Executive Director
Butts County Development Authority

Leonard Sledge
Executive Director
Henry County Development Authority

Billy Thompson
Truett's Grill/CFA

Teresa Wasdin
Chidren's Pastor
Salem Baptist Church

Government Affairs

Many aspects of healthcare are regulated by government policy, and there are opportunities for policies to affect the way a healthcare entity operates.

Because Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is one of the largest pediatric healthcare systems in the nation—and the largest provider of Medicaid services in Georgia—we must remain focused on public policy issues at the federal and state levels.

The government controls how many rooms and beds Children’s has, certain qualifications staff must meet and, in large part, how Children's is paid for its services. Our Government Affairs department works with state and federal officials to find legislative solutions for the issues affecting Children’s and to advance effective health policies for Georgia’s children. In addition, public policy plays an integral role in the daily operations at Children’s.

Each year, the Georgia General Assembly meets to review and pass legislation, and the Children’s Government Affairs team closely monitors legislation concerning child health and healthcare. Our Government Affairs team writes bills and speaks before the General Assembly to represent the needs of patients at Children's and children statewide.

At the federal level, the department works with members of the Georgia congressional delegation as well as other key congressional members to advocate for programs and supporting the drafting of legislation that positively impacts the health of Georgia’s children. Additionally, the department manages the relationships with all the federal agencies to influence federal policy.

Leadership team

Government Affairs Leadership

Ron Frieson
Chief Operating Officer

David Tatum
Chief Public
Policy Officer

Jamila Pope
Government Affairs Director

Federal Government Affairs Team

Jamila Pope
Government Affairs Director

State Government Affairs Team

Elizabeth Newcomb
Government Affairs Manager

Jazmine Boucard
Government Affairs Coordinator