Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is a not-for-profit hospital system that specializes in pediatric health care, research, and education. Its three hospitals, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston (on the Emory University campus), Hughes Spalding, and Scottish Rite, together, have about 530 beds and manage some 780,000 patient visits a year. Children's also operates close to 20 health care facilities in the metro Atlanta area, including the Marcus Autism Center and the Sibley Heart Center Cardiology. Children's at Egleston, known for its pediatric services in cardiology, oncology, neonatal, orthopedics, rehabilitation, organ transplant, and general surgery, is Georgia's first Level 1 pediatric trauma center.
As the pediatric physician teaching site for Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine, Children's has access to more than 1,700 pediatric physicians who represent more than 60 specialties.
The health care system treats patients from all Georgia counties and is the state's largest pediatric Medicaid provider. It serves four out of 10 pediatric inpatient Medicaid cases in the state and eight out of 10 in Atlanta. In 2010 Children's revenues were more than $1.8 billion.
Children's strategy encompasses initiatives to expand its research operations as well as its geographic presence to accommodate future needs. For example, construction of a new $90 million Health Sciences Research Building on Emory's campus was begun in 2011 as a joint Emory-Children's research initiative. Funded mainly through philanthropic contributions, including a $25 million grant from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, the building is expected to be completed in 2013. More than half of the facility will be devoted to pediatric research through the Emory-Children's Pediatric Research Center, a partnership between Emory, Children's, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Tech, and other institutions. It is also planning to build a new hospital adjacent to its current site to replace the original facility built in 1952.
Children's was formed in 1998 when Egleston Health Care System merged with Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center. It began management of Children's at Hughes Spalding (owned by Grady Health) several years ago. – less