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From the Executive VP

Charity care in Emory Healthcare

• Emory University Hospital
• Emory University Hospital Midtown
• Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
• Emory Johns Creek Hospital
• Emory Wesley Woods Hospital
• Winship Cancer Institute

Emory at Grady Hospital

Emory at the Atlanta VA Medical Center

Serving locally and globally



Woodruff Health Sciences Center

The Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) employs more than 23,000 people and makes Emory University the largest employer in DeKalb County and the second largest private employer in metro Atlanta.

The WHSC’s research awards have a ripple effect, translating into millions of dollars in economic impact and thousands of jobs. And the WHSC’s annual expenditures, totaling $3.5 billion in fiscal year 2013-2014, have an estimated impact on metro Atlanta of $6.8 billion.

But the WHSC influences the local economy in other powerful ways as well, as it partners with other organizations to leverage expertise and burnish Atlanta’s reputation as a crossroad for innovation, cutting-edge care, and leadership in solving problems to improve lives.


Emory manages more than 1,000 technologies invented by its scientists and physicians and has helped create 72 start-up companies, including 44 in Georgia, over the past two decades.


Partnership with CDC helped focus the world’s attention here in August, for example, when the first Ebola patients in the United States were treated at Emory University Hospital’s special isolation unit, built with CDC support in 2002. Emory’s team collaborated daily with CDC experts during care of the patients and worked quickly to disseminate any lessons learned to help care providers in Africa, Dallas, and elsewhere.

Partnership with Georgia Tech, connected to Emory via a shuttle that runs hourly between the two institutions, yields ongoing benefit, including a biomedical engineering department shared by the two schools that ranks second in the country; a new high-performance computing cluster to aid research in brain imaging, neural systems modeling, and genomics; and the new shared Georgia ImmunoEngineering Consortium, which combines experts to develop better vaccines and therapies and provides opportunities to align Georgia’s university research base with targeted life sciences industry development in the state.

Collaboration with the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN), a private nonprofit that serves as a hub for health care providers to share patient data securely with one another, has helped position Georgia as one of the leading states in health information exchange (as delineated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services). In early 2014, Emory became the first provider to join GaHIN, and now most providers in Georgia have become GaHIN members or are in queue to connect.


Value to the community

Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) benefited the community in a variety of ways in fiscal year 2013–2014:




Costs of charity care provided by Emory Healthcare



Financial aid provided to students from tuition income



Emory Healthcare investment in WHSC teaching and research



Emory's investment in research unrecovered from sponsors



Unreimbursed care provided at Grady Hospital



Investment of Emory Medical Care Foundation in services at Grady Hospital



Other community benefits



Total (millions)



*In addition to providing charity care, Emory Healthcare recently conducted community health needs assessments (CHNAs) for its hospitals as part of its continued commitment to the health and well-being of community members. The reports assess the needs of the communities served by the hospitals using quantitative data and input from individuals representing the broad interest of the communities. Using the CHNAs, Emory Healthcare developed strategies to outline plans to address the identified health needs of the communities it serves. Through these strategies, Emory Healthcare strives to improve the overall health of communities, while providing the best possible care to its patients.

†This includes the following:

- Discounted/free prescription drug programs; programs and contracted services for indigent patients; in-kind donations to organizations such as MedShare; transportation services; flu shots; blood drives; subsidized continuing care, nursing home care, and home care; sponsorship of selected charity health awareness events; and educational  programs for the public, future health professionals, and patients (millions)............................................................$ 5.6
- Shortfall between Emory Healthcare's cost to provide care to Medicaid patients and reimbursement from Medicaid (millions)............................................................$41.3
- Costs to Emory Healthcare for the Georgia provider tax, which supports the
Medicaid budget and helps maintain payment levels for all Medicaid providers (millions)............................................................$17.1

Note: Statistics and information in this report are intended to augment rather than supplant the information required and the metrics used for the Schedules H of the Forms 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Service that include information on Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Wesley Woods Hospital, Emory Wesley Woods Long-Term Hospital, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, and Emory Johns Creek Hospital.


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Community Benefits Report Cover 2014

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