Report shows Emory's benefit to the community

Woodruff Health Sciences Center | Dec. 17, 2013

In fiscal year 2012-2013, Emory Healthcare provided $80,276,319 million in charity care, an increase of 11.4% over the previous year.

In fiscal year 2012-2013, Emory Healthcare provided $80,276,319 million in charity care, an increase of 11.4% over the previous year.

Charity care has a very precise definition: It encompasses indigent care for patients with no health insurance, not even Medicaid or Medicare, and no resources of their own.
Charity care has a very precise definition: It encompasses indigent care for patients with no health insurance, not even Medicaid or Medicare, and no resources of their own.
Since their partnership began in 1946, Emory and the Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) have shared both a backyard and a mission to care for veterans.
Since their partnership began in 1946, Emory and the Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) have shared both a backyard and a mission to care for veterans.
This year Emory's Winship Cancer Institute was renewed as Georgia's only National Cancer Institute¿designated cancer center.
This year Winship Cancer Institute was renewed as Georgia's only National Cancer Institute–designated cancer center.
Research to explore new ways of preventing and treating disease continues to pay off in big ways, saving both lives and dollars.
Research to explore new ways of preventing and treating disease continues to pay off in big ways, saving both lives and dollars.
In fiscal year 2012-2013, research awards in Emory's Wooruff Health Sciences Center totaled $474.4 million.
In fiscal year 2012-2013, research awards in Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center totaled $474.4 million.
 Based on annual expenditures alone, the WHSC's overall annual economic impact on metro Atlanta is estimated at $6.8 billion.
Based on annual expenditures alone, the WHSC's overall annual economic impact on metro Atlanta is estimated at $6.8 billion.
In fiscal year 2012¿2013, Emory Healthcare invested $85.8 million in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center's teaching and research missions.
In fiscal year 2012–2013, Emory Healthcare invested $85.8 million in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center's teaching and research missions.
Emory's Yerkes National Primate Research Center partnered with other researchers at Emory and Georgia State University to offer the 2013 Institute on Neuroscience for local high school students and middle and high school teachers.
Emory's Yerkes National Primate Research Center offered the 2013 Institute on Neuroscience for local high school students and middle and high school teachers.
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Last year, Emory clinicians provided more than $80 million in charity care — a record amount — for those with no insurance of any kind, including Medicare or Medicaid, and with no resources of their own. Emory physicians also provided more than $25 million in uncompensated care at Atlanta's publicly owned Grady Hospital.

Care like this represents only a fraction of the health-related community benefits Emory provides each year, described in a report produced annually by Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center.

Although Georgia's economy has improved measurably since 2008, the state still has the country's fifth highest poverty rate, and the percentage of those without insurance remains stubbornly high. The impact of federal legislation to address insurance coverage will be more clear only with time, as will the effects of new care models at Emory and elsewhere to increase accessibility and affordability of care.

What does seem certain at present is that many hospitals will continue to refer patients with the most complex and challenging conditions to Emory, knowing that Emory has not only the expertise to care for them but also a long tradition of putting service ahead of reimbursement. The stories in this report illustrate that tradition.

Read the full report: Putting Service First: Community Benefits Report 2013