Highlights and Impact on Georgia

State of Georgia

  • Jobs: The WHSC helps make Emory the largest employer in DeKalb County and the second largest employer in metro Atlanta.
  • Economic impact: Economic impact: With $4.2 billion in operating expenditures in fiscal year 2017, the WHSC's annual economic impact on metro Atlanta is estimated at $8.2 billion.
  • Groundbreaking investment: Earlier this year, the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation pledged $400 million (the largest gift ever received by Emory) to find new cures, develop innovative care models, and improve lives while enhancing the health of those in need. The gift will fund a new Winship Cancer Institute Tower in Midtown Atlanta and a new Health Sciences Research Building on the main university campus.
  • Construction: Emory University Hospital Midtown is undergoing extensive renovations, as is Emory University Hospital, following the opening last year of a new 450,000-square-foot tower addition to this facility. 
  • Clinical trials: Emory currently has 18,977 participants enrolled in 1,895 clinical trials of investigational drugs, devices, and procedures, more trials than any other institution in the state.
  • Technology transfer: Over the past two decades, Emory has launched 51 products into the marketplace and helped create 89 start-up companies (51 in Georgia) in drug discovery, medical devices, diagnostics, and software. More than 90% of U.S. HIV/AIDS patients on lifesaving therapy take a drug discovered at Emory. Emory investigators have filed patent applications in more than 90 countries, including 2,571 in the U.S., and have been issued 582 patents in this country. The 41 patents Emory was granted in fiscal year 2017 addressed vaccines and treatment options for infections, neurologic diseases, and various types of cancer.
  • Research dollars: The WHSC received $584.8 million in sponsored research funds in fiscal year 2017, bringing Emory’s total for the year to $628 million. These awards include funds accompanying designation of Winship Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer by the National Cancer Institute, placing Winship in the top 1% of the nation's cancer centers. It also includes grants to renew funding for existing major centers—in AIDS research and autism, to study biological effects on health of environmental exposures over the course of a lifetime, and to facilitate translation of laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients. 
  • Physician workforce: Emory’s medical school provides more than half of the residency training positions in Georgia; 53 of the medical school's 106 residency programs are the only such programs in the state. Such programs provide a critical recruiting base for Georgia’s physician workforce.
  • Investment in education: The WHSC invested 24.2% of its tuition income in fiscal year 2017 in student financial aid, an amount totaling $27.9 million.
  • Vaccine testing and development: The Emory Vaccine Center is one of the largest academic vaccine centers in the world, with scientists working on vaccines for influenza, Ebola, AIDS, malaria, hepatitis C, tuberculosis, and other diseases. Emory’s Hope Clinic, which conducts clinical trials for promising vaccines, is part of the country’s premier networks for vaccine and prevention trials for infectious diseases, including globally emerging diseases like Ebola, Zika, and Chikungunya. 
  • HIV/AIDS: Emory provides medical direction of Grady Health System's Ponce de Leon Center, one of the largest, most comprehensive AIDS treatment centers in the country. Emory is also a primary site in the nation’s NIH-funded AIDS clinical trials network and has had a national NIH-designated Center for AIDS Research since 1998.
  • Antibiotic resistance: The Emory Antibiotic Resistance Center facilitates interaction among a wide variety of experts to probe mechanisms of resistance, search for new antibiotics, and refine methods for detecting dangerous bacteria.
  • Brain health: The Emory Brain Health Center integrates 400+ physicians and researchers bringing cutting-edge treatments for stroke, dementia, movement disorders, treatment-resistant depression, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress, and other disorders.
  • Transplantation: The Emory Transplant Center is in the top 10 in volume among transplant centers across the nation. Emory researchers developed a new class of FDA-approved immunosuppressant drugs for kidney transplant patients that are less toxic than drugs previously available. 
  • Sports medicine: Emory Healthcare is the official team provider for several major area sports teams, the Atlanta Hawks, Braves, Falcons, and Dream, as well as for Georgia Tech and several other college and high school athletic associations.
  • Charity care: Emory Healthcare provided $73.5 million in charity care in fiscal year 2017. The WHSC's community contributions to support patient care, education, and research totaled more than $496 million in fiscal year 2017.
  • Quality of care: Emory Healthcare is the only system in Georgia that has three hospitals with Magnet designation, recognizing excellence in nursing care. 
  • Philanthropy: In fiscal year 2017, the WHSC was awarded $169.5 million in private support from individuals, foundations, and corporations representing alumni, patients and their families, and friends.