The hospital landscape in metropolitan Atlanta is as much a reflection of the city’s growth and continued outward expansion as any of the traditional economic indicators. It wasn’t so far back in the area’s timeline that the choice of a hospital was driven by where your doctor had privileges without concern for geography. Now, as the metro area spreads outward in all directions, each community seems to have its own roster of medical facilities, much as they also have the familiar retail and chain restaurants.
And hospital systems are recognizing the business necessity of bringing with them medical specialists, giving the proximate residents access to virtually any treatment they need. Whether that be a simple appendectomy to neurosurgery, an annual physical to a CT scan with the latest technology or delivering a baby to the most sophisticated neonatal procedures.
In addition to providing the best care possible, there is also a savvy symbiotic relationship being played out between medical consumers and medical providers. On the consumer side is a growing sentiment that circumstance compels all to take an active role in their own healthcare choices – that, as opposed to the days when the family doctor dictated all the decisions. On the other side, the business side of the hospital business, is the realization that there is profit to be found in giving the customer what he or she wants, where they want it.However, this is not to infer every hospital throughout the sprawl is equal. Among the legion of facilities there are places with well earned reputations in specific medical/surgical disciplines. But it does reflect today’s reality that the decision on where and whether to build a hospital is now predicated on meeting consumer demand. Communities need and want their own hospitals.
WellStar Atlanta Medical Center
Main Campus South Campus
(404) 265-4000 (404) 466-1170
Atlanta Medical Center is a designated Level I Trauma Center and is nationally recognized in cardiology, advanced surgery, neurology, and many other areas. The center began its service to the Atlanta community in 1901 and is now a 460-bed facility sprawled across two city blocks.Services provided at Atlanta Medical Center include a 30-bed neonatal intensive care unit; the Atlanta Cancer Center; the Atlanta Rehabilitation Center; three medical office buildings; the Wellness Center; the Graduate Medical Education Program, and areas of medical excellence that provide care in advanced surgery, cardiology, oncology, neurology, women’s health, orthopedics, and trauma.
The South Campus has 338 beds to serve residents in South Fulton, Coweta, Fayette, Clayton, and Douglas counties. They have a medical staff of 300 and an additional 1,000 healthcare professionals. The hospital has an active auxiliary staff of more than 100 persons.
Atlanta VA Medical Center
Atlanta VA Medical Center (VAMC) is a state-of-the-art teaching hospital that provides a full scope of patient care services for United States veterans. Located on 26 acres in Decatur, the Atlanta VAMC is one of eight medical centers in the VA Southeast Network. It operates eight community-based outpatient clinics in the following Atlanta communities: Blairsville, Carrollton Clinic/Community Living Center, Decatur East Point, Lawrenceville, Newnan, NE GA/Oakwood, Austell, and Stockbridge.
Atlanta VAMC is primarily affiliated with the Emory University School of Medicine and teamed with Morehouse School of Medicine in establishing the East Point Clinic, which provides comprehensive primary and outpatient mental healthcare services.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research, and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and over 35 neighborhood locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country and is the pediatric physician teaching site for both Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals by Parents magazine and U.S. News & World Report.
Whether treating an injured toddler in an emergency or supporting a teen through chemotherapy treatments, Children’s offers family-centered care while providing specialized age-appropriate medical procedures, supplies, and support for children. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States, and throughout the world.
Children’s at Egleston (404) 785-6000
Children’s at Hughes Spalding (404) 785-9500
Children’s at Scottish Rite (404) 785-5252
Dekalb Medical is a not-for-profit health system that consists of three hospital campuses throughout greater Atlanta. With more than 750 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties, Dekalb Medical combines cutting-edge technology with compassion to effectively diagnose and treat its patients. A leader in cancer, heart attack treatment, and orthopedics, Dekalb Medical System and Dekalb Medical Physicians Group has been growing with metropolitan Atlanta’s medical needs since 1961.
More than just a provider of hospital services, Dekalb Medical has led the Atlanta health community in the new era of electronic medical records, which puts information at doctors’ fingertips to help improve patient safety and outcomes. The 627-bed system includes Dekalb Medical at North Decatur (591 beds), Dekalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (40 beds), and Dekalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds). Committed to excelling in patient satisfaction and service, Dekalb Medical’s quality is reflected in many clinical excellence awards throughout its system, including being ranked in the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services by Health Grades® (2011).
Emory University Hospital
Emory Healthcare has been at the forefront of medicine, putting cutting-edge intervention research and technology into lifesaving action. As the largest, most comprehensive healthcare system in Georgia, Emory Healthcare has 1,830 licensed patient beds, 9,000 employees, and more than 20 health centers located throughout metro Atlanta. It is one of the nation’s leaders in cardiology and cardiac surgery, oncology, transplantation, ophthalmology, orthopedics, and the neurosciences. Emory University Hospital, Emory Healthcare’s flagship facility, is staffed exclusively by physicians who are faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine.
Emory Healthcare is the clinical arm of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University, which focuses on patient care, education of health professionals, research addressing health and illness, and health policies for prevention and treatment of disease. The backbone of this system is the Emory University School of Medicine, which has been at the forefront of medical knowledge and research, pioneering many advances and procedures that have changed medical history.
Emory Johns Creek Hospital
Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) is located in Johns Creek, formerly known as Duluth. Since opening in 2007, EJCH has garnered a reputation for its state-of-the-art medical technologies in a luxurious, hotel-like setting. Jointly owned by Emory Healthcare and HCA, EJCH is 110-bed, all private room community hospital that participates in most insurance plans. The hospital offers a full range of services including 24/7 emergency care, digital imaging including a 64-slice CT, MRI, The Birth Place with a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 24-hour anesthesiologists, intensive care, advanced cardiac care, vascular medicine and surgery, rehabilitation services, and women’s services. EJCH is home to the Atlanta Bariatric Center, which is designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons.
Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1880, Saint Joseph’s facility is Atlanta’s oldest hospital. Today, the 410-bed, acute-care facility is recognized as one of the top specialty-referral hospitals in the Southeast. Saint Joseph’s Hospital is a leader among Georgia healthcare providers, respected for its expertise, innovation in healthcare delivery, and quality of care. As a leader in cardiac, neurological, vascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, orthopedic, and cancer care, among others, Saint Joseph’s offers its patients the latest procedures and treatments by providing the more than 750 physicians on staff with research services and the most advanced technology available.
Grady Memorial Hospital
Opened in 1892, Grady Health System is renowned for its trauma and emergency services. As the premier Level I Trauma Center within 100 miles of metropolitan Atlanta, Grady is capable of handling severe medical conditions such as asthma, severe burns, sickle cell, and stroke. In addition to both care and intensive care units (ICU), Grady has a neonatal ICU and houses Georgia’s Poison Center and 24-hour rape crisis and advice nurse lines. Its Ponce de Leon Center was named one of the top three HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in the country.
Grady is an internationally recognized teaching hospital staffed exclusively by doctors from the Emory University and Morehouse Schools of Medicine. In fact, 25 percent of all doctors practicing medicine in Georgia received some or all of their training at Grady.
Gwinnett Medical Center
(678) 312-1000 (678) 312-6800
Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) is a not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth that provide award winning healthcare services. GMC’s 4,200 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. Gwinnett Medical Center is a 553-bed healthcare network that services Lawrenceville, Duluth, Johns Creek, and the Atlanta area. Gwinnett Medical Center–Lawrenceville is recognized as a national leader in single-incision laparoscopic surgery and home to a Level II Trauma Center, while Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth offers an array of specialty services, including surgical weight management, da Vinci® robotic surgery, and sports medicine.
Piedmont Healthcare/Piedmont Henry Hospital
Piedmont Henry Hospital is a 215-bed not-for-profit community hospital located in Stockbridge, just south of Atlanta. It serves Henry, Coweta, Fayette, and Pickens counties with its Centers of Excellence in cardiovascular, orthopedics, surgery, diagnostics, women’s health, and a radiation oncology center.
Piedmont Healthcare/Piedmont Newton Medical Center
Newton Medical Center (NMC) provides Covington and other surrounding areas with state-of-the-art medical facilities. NMC has been recognized by national healthcare rating organizations as being one of the top medical facilities in the area. The medical center offers services such as minimally invasive surgery, wound care, rapid emergency care, and the Women’s Diagnostic Center.
WellStar North Fulton Hospital
North Fulton Hospital (NFH) is a 202-bed acute-care hospital and is a state designated Level II Trauma Center. Located between Roswell and Alpharetta in North Fulton County, NFH was established in 1983 and has been meeting the medical and healthcare needs of residents of North Fulton, Forsyth, East Cobb, East Cherokee, and West Gwinnett counties for more than 30 years. The hospital has a medical staff of more than 400 affiliated physicians, employs an additional 900 healthcare professionals, and has an active volunteer staff of more than 200.
NFH provides a continuum of services through its centers and programs including neurosciences, women’s health services, orthopedics, rehabilitation, surgical services, gastroenterology, and oncology. The hospital is fully accredited and is also recognized by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer as an Accredited Cancer Program, as well as being certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.
Atlanta (404) 851-8000
Forsyth (770) 844-3200
Cherokee (770) 720-5100
Northside Hospital is a network of three not-for-profit, acute-care hospitals in Atlanta, Forsyth County, and Cherokee County, with a total of 822 licensed beds, 2,200 physicians, and 8,200 employees. Northside also operates 15 hospital-affiliated outpatient centers and medical office buildings throughout north metropolitan Atlanta.
Voted “Atlanta’s Most Preferred Hospital for All Health Care Needs” for 15 consecutive years, Northside offers a full range of services and has become an ambassador of women’s health issues. More babies are delivered, more surgeries are performed, and more cases of breast and gynecological cancer are diagnosed at Northside than at any other community hospital in Georgia.
Piedmont Hospital has been serving the people of Atlanta for more than 100 years and offers a broad spectrum of surgical, medical, and diagnostic services. Piedmont Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute-care, tertiary facility offering most major medical, surgical, and diagnostic services. The facility has 488 beds, all-private rooms, 4,000 employees, and a medical staff of more than 1,000 board-certified physicians. Its main campus is conveniently located on 26 acres in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, with facilities across the metro area.
Piedmont Hospital is part of Piedmont Healthcare (PHC), a not-for-profit organization that also includes Piedmont Fayette Hospital, a 157-bed, acutecare community hospital in Fayetteville and one of the 100 Top Hospitals® in the nation; Piedmont Newnan Hospital, a 136-bed, acute-care community hospital in Newnan; and Piedmont Henry Hospital, a 215-bed acute-care community hospital in Stockbridge.
Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research, and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center, which is a 152-bed rehabilitation facility, including a 10-bed intensive care unit, is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. Last year, Shepherd had 965 admissions to its inpatient programs and 571 to its day patient programs. In addition, Shepherd sees more than 6,600 people annually on an outpatient basis.
Southern Regional Medical Center
Southern Regional Medical Center (SRMC), managed by Emory Healthcare, is a full-service, 331-bed hospital in Riverdale. SRMC, a not-for-profit organization, was the first to offer angioplasty and round-the-clock catheterization on the south side of Atlanta and is recognized as an accredited Chest Pain Center.
In addition, SRMC boasts an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, the Georgia Orthopedic Institute, minimally invasive, robotic surgeries with the da Vinci Surgical System®, and a variety of rehabilitation services. Southern Regional also is home to the Women’s Life Center for expectant mothers, which claims the area’s top neonatal intensive care unit and offers a full range of services from high-risk deliveries to routine mammograms. A second campus at Spivey Station in Jonesboro specializes in obstetrics and gynecology, breast care, primary care and internal medicine, oncology, and more.
WellStar Health System
(770) 956-STAR (7827)
Recognized as the fifth most integrated healthcare delivery system in the country, WellStar Health System is one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in Georgia and serves a population of nearly 1.4 million residents in five counties. Specialists and primary care providers work in a multidisciplinary environment with more than 12,000 diverse team members throughout its five hospitals and seven urgent care centers.
WellStar consistently looks at total patient wellness and works to ensure that all systems support that focus. With industry awards ranging from Integrated Delivery Networks to Working Mother Magazine’s Best Places to Work, WellStar strives to provide the best care possible with Atlanta’s top medical professionals.
• WellStar Atlantic Medical Center
• WellStar Atlantic Medical Center South
• WellStar Cobb Hospital
• WellStar Douglas Hospital
• WellStar Kennestone Hospital
• WellStar Paulding Hospital
• WellStar Windy Hill Hospital
• WellStar North Fulton Hospital
Urgent Care Centers
• Acworth Urgent Care Center
• Marietta-Delk Road Urgent Care Center
• Marietta-East Cobb Urgent Care Center
• Marietta-Kennestone Urgent Care Center
• Marietta-Sandy Plains Road Urgent Care Center
• Smyrna Urgent Care Center
• Woodstock Urgent Care Center