As far as DeKalb is concerned, da healthier, da better! Beginning as a rural hospital, DeKalb Regional Health System now serves all of the Atlanta metropolitan area. The health system, operating as DeKalb Medical, is home to two acute-care hospitals, DeKalb Medical at North Decatur and DeKalb Medical at Hillandale that have a combined total of about 550 beds. It also operates a 75-bed long-term rehabilitation hospital, DeKalb Medical at Downtown Decatur. Specialty hospital services include oncology, cardiology, orthopedics, and diabetes care. The health system, which was founded in 1961, also operates primary, specialty, and mobile health care clinics, partly through the DeKalb Medical Physicians Group.
The health network of three hospitals staffs about 775 physicians who represent about 55 medical specialties including neurosurgery, interventional radiology, sports medicine, endovascular surgery, gynecology, emergency medicine, and infectious disease.
DeKalb Medical is a self-supporting, not-for-profit community hospital that does not receive tax dollars as part of its funding. The hospital system's operating budget comes solely from patient fees; DeKalb Medical reinvests any excess income into expanding or updating its services and facilities to meet Atlanta's growing population. The DeKalb Medical Foundation was established in 1991 and since then has funded improvements in facilities, technology, and community outreach programs.