Caring for Kids (2008)

Dr. Cassandra Johnson with young patient

Children's shoes

Health care for the youngest, from newborns to adolescents, is critical for their well-being and for the future of society.

  Caring for Kids

A Wake-up Call

Gaining Times for Little Lungs to Mature

Out of such conviction, more than 200 pediatric specialists at Emory provide uncompensated care to thousands of infants and children each year. The Emory-Children's Center (ECC), the largest pediatric multi-specialty group practice in Georgia, is a joint venture between Emory and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, a hospital system affiliated with Emory’s medical school and staffed largely by Emory physicians. (This hospital system includes Children's at Egleston, which is on the Emory campus; Children's at Hughes Spalding, on the Grady Hospital campus, where Emory physicians likewise provide the majority of patient care; and Children's at Scottish Rite.) Emory pediatricians also care for young patients at Grady Hospital—especially in highly specialized programs such as the burn unit—and in the neonatal intensive care unit at Emory University Hospital Midtown (formerly Emory Crawford Long Hospital).

The safety net provided by the partnership between Emory and Children's was particularly important last year. PeachCare, the state's program to provide coverage for comprehensive health care to children who do not qualify for Medicaid but live in households with incomes below 235% of the federal poverty level, had a shortfall in federal funds and was forced to freeze enrollment for four months, before federal funding was adjusted. ECC and Children’s were there the whole time, as they always are for the young whose health care would otherwise would fall between the cracks.


More than 200 pediatric specialists at Emory provide uncompensated care to thousands of infants and children each year.