Our Impact in 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 Healthcare of Atlanta provided $238.6 million in community benefits, serving more than 440,000 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.
In 2019, we provided $130.8 million in care to families who could not cover the costs of their children’s care. Patients who received this care include the uninsured and children covered by Medicaid, for whom we are reimbursed less than what it costs to provide care.
Children comprise approximately 60% of Medicaid enrollment but make up less than one-quarter of spending.
For every 1% reduction in Medicaid provider payments, Children’s is negatively impacted by approximately $7.3 million.
Our economic impact on the state
Children’s directly employs more than 11,000 people and serves patients from all 159 counties, making our impact on Georgia’s economy significant.
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 we had 244,403 visits in 2019.
- The Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center at Children’s Egleston Hospital and the Level 2 Pediatric Trauma Center at Children’s Scottish Rite Hospital makes Children’s the only two designated pediatric trauma centers in the state of Georgia.
- In 2019, more than 22,000 children visited our Emergency Departments for trauma care, and we treat about 60% of pediatric trauma patients in Georgia.
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 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals” For 2020-21.
- 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 44,993 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.
Our Community Benefit Report
This report illustrates how Children’s is serving kids and families across Georgia and beyond.Download
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 who are 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 in 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 in 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.
Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)
The CHNA helps us garner a better understanding of the pediatric healthcare community, shares opportunities to support Children’s and influences our strategic planning.Download
Children’s has a long-standing 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 across Atlanta.
Our community development officers collaborate with community leaders, and support the 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.
2021 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 our System can better serve the community. The Children’s community boards play a vital role in advancing the Children’s Mission of making children better today and healthier tomorrow.
Meet our 2021 community board members:
Ways to Get Involved in Your Community
Are you a member of a service, professional or social group looking for a charity to support? Are you part of a business or organization that coordinates philanthropic events? Consider designating Children’s 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 patients we care for at Children’s.
Organize a Fundraiser
Our team has laid out plans to help you successfully host an event, and help the kids and teens Children’s serves each and every day.Get Started
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 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 healthcare 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 team writes bills and speaks before the Georgia 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 support 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 help influence federal policy.