Stimulating the economy

Building the bridge


Based on expenditures of $4.2 billion in FY 17, the WHSC has an estimated economic impact on the metro area of $8.2 billion.


With an $8.2 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta, the Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) boosts the economy through jobs, construction, collaborations, and more. Opening of the new Emory University Hospital tower in 2017, for example, is creating 500-plus new jobs in nursing, radiology, surgical technology, and other areas. This is in addition to more than 24,000 existing jobs in the WHSC, which make Emory the largest employer in DeKalb County and the second largest in metro Atlanta.

In conjunction with construction of the new hospital tower, a large portion of Clifton Road recently underwent major changes to improve access, pedestrian safety, and aesthetics, with road and sidewalks widened, trees planted, LED lights installed, and crosswalks redesigned.

Emory also is a partner in a number of major projects throughout Atlanta: Emory's Winship Cancer Institute will provide patient services in the new $200 million Emory Proton Therapy Center, being constructed by the Georgia Proton Treatment Center. Emory is partnering with the Atlanta Hawks to build a 90,000-square-foot Emory Sports Medicine Complex in Brookhaven, slated to open in fall 2017. Emory is the official health care provider for the Atlanta Braves and recently opened a new outpatient orthopaedic clinic in Smyrna, giving Braves players and staff easy access to care. Emory also will have a multispecialty clinic and will anchor a sports medicine pavilion in a new sports and entertainment complex to be built by Atlanta Sports City in Stonecrest.

Emory Healthcare is also expanding its footprint throughout the state, thanks to a growing number of network affiliations with hospitals and health systems, including Meadows Regional in Vidalia, Coffee Regional in Douglas, Navicent Health in Macon, and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. Emory is the most comprehensive health system in Georgia, with seven hospitals and outpatient locations in 26 counties and regional hospital affiliates in another 19 counties throughout thte state.

Clifton streetscape Improvements to Clifton Road over the past year include 8,000 square feet of sidewalks, 25,000 square feet of new roadway surface, creation of a dedicated bike lane, planting of 113 trees, and installation of 70 new LED street lights.

   
 
 

Value to the community

Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) benefited the community in a variety of ways in fiscal year 2016–2017:

   

(millions)

 
 

Costs of charity care provided by Emory Healthcare

$73.5*

 
 

Financial aid provided to students from tuition income

27.9

 
 

Emory Healthcare investment in WHSC teaching and research

125.2

 
 

WHSCs investment in research unrecovered from sponsors

125.0

 

Unreimbursed care provided at Grady Hospital

24.6

 
 

Investment of Emory Medical Care Foundation in services at Grady Hospital

49.6

 
 

Other community benefits

70.4†

 
     
 

Total (millions)

$496.2

 
       

*In addition to providing charity care, Emory Healthcare conducts ongoing 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 develops 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 .....................................................................................$11,164,695

- Shortfall between Emory Healthcare's cost to provide care to Medicaid patients and reimbursement from Medicaid .....................................................................................$33,580,847

- Costs to Emory Healthcare for the Georgia provider tax, which supports the Medicaid budget and helps maintain payment levels for all Medicaid providers........................................................................$25,640,293

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.