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Children’s provides a safe, respectful and caring environment for all kids. We treat our patients with dignity, respect, compassion and courtesy, and without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender or disability. We make accommodations for individuals seeking services with special communication needs, including impaired sight, hearing and limited English proficiency.

In 2022, Children’s cared for more than 444,000 patients and handled more than 1,158,600 total patient visits.

Providing affordable care to more kids

Nearly 60% of our patients in 2021 were on Medicaid, PeachCare for Kids or unable to cover the cost of their care. In 2022, to allow more patients and their families to qualify for free or discounted care, Children’s made several updates to our Financial Assistance Policy.

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Our freestanding hospitals and strategically located programs help treat kids with common and complex childhood illnesses and provide access to 2,300 pediatric physicians across more than 60 specialties. Children’s intentionally reaches kids in underserved areas with programs that meet their needs. For example, we have located specific programs for asthma, adolescent medicine, diabetes and sickle cell disease at Hughes Spalding in downtown Atlanta.

While most kids only need primary care, typically 1 in 5 children requires hospitalization or specialty care. We sustain strong relationships with hospitals and pediatricians across Georgia who refer their patients to us when specialized care is required.

We support local care across Georgia with programs designed to reach clinicians and practice providers where they are, through programs such as:

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 across our state.

Our community development officers work in partnership with key community stakeholders throughout the region, and support Children’s services and mission with local outreach activities. We engage in the community to build awareness and support for Children’s as the area’s premier pediatric healthcare provider.

Our community engagement includes developing relationships with community members, corporate employers, school systems, non-profits caring for children and families, donors, volunteers and patient families for the purpose of linking Children’s services and programs to the communities it serves to improve the well-being of children in Georgia. Feel free to contact members of our team below if you’d like to learn more about Children’s.

Brandi Smith

Director, Community Engagement


Phone: 404-785-4011

Laurie Cole

Community Development Officer

Counties covered: North Fulton, Forsyth and Dawson


Phone: 470-378-6099

Ariana Bryant

Community Development Officer

Counties covered: South Fulton, Dekalb, Intown Atlanta


Phone: 912-713-8658

Janet Read

Community Development Officer

Counties covered: Cherokee and Pickens


Phone: 404-317-7443

Pam Younker

Community Development Officer

Counties covered: Bartow, Cobb, Douglas and Paulding


Phone: 404-317-1904

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.

Children’s currently has community boards in the following regions: Cherokee County, Cobb County, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, and the Southern Crescent.

Children’s Community Engagement team welcomes the opportunity to share more information about the care, programs, and services we offer. Please contact one of the team members above to discuss how we can work together.

In addition, our Strong4Life team provides training on topics ranging from resilience and nutrition to physical activity to early care and education centers, schools, and the community.

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