Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center Update
AMC Emergency Department to Close Oct. 14 To Prepare for Hospital Closure
Safely winding down services at the AMC Emergency Department (ED) is a critical part of this effort, as it helps reduce inpatient volume at the hospital and minimizes the number of patients who may need to transfer out of AMC on Nov. 1.
The AMC ED will close on Friday, October 14 at 7 a.m.
Ahead of the October 14 closure, the ED will go on total emergency transport diversion at 7 a.m. on October 3. This means we will ask our EMS partners to transport patients to other area hospitals before bringing them to the ED at AMC. We will still accept patients via EMS if needed through October 14 at 7 a.m., but request that they choose other providers first when possible. This will allow us to ensure we have the capacity, staffing and capability to treat all those coming to AMC for care for the duration of their care leading up to the hospital’s closure.
We feel confident that Atlanta patients will continue to have access to excellent emergency services less than two miles from the AMC campus at Grady Memorial Hospital, which includes Level I trauma care, and at Emory Midtown. Patients will also continue to have access at Emory University Hospital, Piedmont, and Emory Decatur hospitals within seven miles of AMC. All of these facilities are more than equipped to absorb the average of seven patients needing trauma care admitted to AMC daily.
Wellstar is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of Atlantans through our remaining healthcare services in the community. We will also continue to connect patients to our extensive network of excellent local caregivers through Wellstar Clinical Partners and other community partners, who provide a care home within these communities.
We are actively communicating with the Georgia Department of Community Health, local emergency services partners and Emergency Departments, government officials and other community partners to ensure the smoothest transition of care for the community. This includes active case management services for frequent visitors to the AMC ED and outreach to patients and community organizations to notify them about the ED closure and alternative local options for their care.
Please always call 911 right away if you need help in an emergency. After October 14, other options for emergency services in the community are listed below.
Call 911 in an emergency
Grady Memorial Hospital Emergency Department (1.1 miles away from AMC)
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Phone: (404) 616-1000
Emory University Hospital Midtown Emergency Department (1 mile away from AMC)
550 W Peachtree Street NW
Phone: (404) 686-2435
Piedmont Atlanta Hospital Emergency Department (4.4 miles away from AMC)
1968 Peachtree Road NW
Phone: (404) 605-5000
Emory University Hospital Emergency Department (4.6 miles away from AMC)
1364 Clifton Road NE
Phone: (404) 712-7100
Emory Decatur Hospital Emergency Department (6.8 miles away from AMC)
2701 N Decatur Road
Phone: (404) 501-1000
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Hughes Spalding Emergency Department (1.1 miles away from AMC)
35 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Phone: (404) 785-9650
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston Emergency Department (4.9 miles away from AMC)
1405 Clifton Road NE
Phone: (404) 785-5437
Operations at Atlanta Medical Center Downtown to End November 1, 2022
Wellstar has operated AMC since 2016, investing more than $350 million in capital improvements and to support sustained operating losses. That includes $107 million in losses in just the last 12 months, amid decreasing revenue and increasing costs for staff and supplies due to soaring inflation. The pandemic and the intense financial headwinds straining healthcare organizations right now have only made matters worse at AMC.
“For several years, Wellstar has continued to invest in and operate AMC with significant losses to provide more time to partner on a creative, long-term, sustainable solution for the hospital’s future,” said Wellstar CEO Candice L. Saunders. “After an exhaustive search for a solution that would support the healthcare needs of the community, we are disappointed that a sustainable solution at AMC has not emerged.”
The health system has approached government agencies, healthcare providers and local organizations in search of partnerships and solutions to improve the overall health and well-being for the community.
Wellstar plans to wind down services at AMC gradually and will cease hospital operations on Nov. 1, 2022. In the meantime, physicians and team members will continue to serve Atlanta area patients and communities. Wellstar is committed to working with healthcare organizations, first responders and community organizations to ensure a thoughtful transition of care for current patients and to minimize disruption for the community. Wellstar is also committed to working individually with team members and physicians to support them through this transition.
“We realize this news impacts the lives of our team members and the patients we serve in very personal and significant ways,” said Saunders. “We are deeply grateful to the dedicated team at AMC who have long served our communities with compassion and excellence.”
As a non-profit health system and the largest safety-net provider in the state, Wellstar remains a financially sound organization and is firmly dedicated to advancing our mission to enhance the health and well-being of every person we serve. In 2021, Wellstar invested more than $915 million in unreimbursed care for patients across the region and remains a top provider of charity care in the state and the nation.
Wellstar will continue its commitment to the health of the more than 1.6 million Georgians across our diverse communities, delivering high-quality healthcare to all who are in need through our 9 other hospitals, 350+ physician office locations, urgent care locations and other facilities.
More Information About our Transition Plans
As we move forward, Wellstar is implementing a comprehensive transition plan to thoughtfully wind down services and follow state and federal regulatory guidance. During this transition, our top priority continues to be protecting the health and safety of our patients, community and team members. We will keep our team members, physicians and patients informed as we safely adjust services at AMC.
We are committed to collaborating with other healthcare systems and providers, first responders, the city of Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Community Health, the Georgia Hospital Association, and other agencies and municipalities to arrange for a safe and orderly transfer of care for AMC’s patients and members of the community.