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Our Impact in Georgia

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 2022, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta served more than 444,000 children from all 159 counties in Georgia. Nearly 60% of our patients are on Medicaid, PeachCare for Kids, or unable to cover the cost of their care.

Our Community Benefit

In 2021, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta provided $299 million to the community through benefits to our patients and their families.

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Government Relations at Children's

Many aspects of healthcare are regulated by government policy, and those policies 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, what qualifications staff must meet, and, in large part, how Children’s is paid for the services we provide. Our government relations 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.

Each year, the Georgia General Assembly meets to review and pass legislation, and the Children’s government relations team closely monitors legislation concerning child health and healthcare. Our government relations team drafts language for bills, speaks before the Georgia General Assembly, and advocates for and against legislation to represent the needs of patients at Children’s and kids statewide.

At the federal level, the government relations team 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. The department also manages relationships with federal agencies to help influence federal policy.

The Children’s government relations team is committed to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow through our work at city hall, at the Georgia State Capitol, and on Capitol Hill.

John Smith

Vice President Government Relations


Phone: 404-785-4577

David Tatum

Sr. Advisor Government Relations


Phone: 404-785-7556

Tara Boockholdt

Government Relations Director


Phone: 404-785-3018

Elizabeth Butzen

Government Relations Manager


Phone: 404-785-0851


Jazmine Neary

Government Relations Manager


Phone: 404-785-7869