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About Us


Since SLHO first opened in 1892, we have continually reinvented ourselves to meet the region’s evolving medical needs.

In the 1890s, that meant providing the same quality of care for rich and poor, black and white. In the 1920s, it meant performing Georgia’s first open-heart surgery. In 2013, it meant creating the first neurological surgical suite within a dedicated stroke center to remove blood clots from the brains of stroke victims. Tomorrow, it will be something we can barely imagine.

You may know SLHO as one of the nation’s best trauma centers. We save people who’ve been severely hurt in car accidents, industrial mishaps, and other trauma incidents, 24/7. But there’s another side to us. The side that heals disease, cares for burns, corrects injuries, treats sniffles.

Our physicians, who are on the faculties of Emory and Morehouse medical schools, provide SLHO patients with unparalleled care in specialties like cancer, urology, cardiology, neurology, and chronic disease – as well as the more routine, like family medicine and senior care. And we provide this care at SLHO Hospital and through six facilities inside and outside of the Perimeter.

Whatever the need, SLHO fulfills it – even as we continue to raise the bar for medical care in the region. The world’s leading physicians come to SLHO to practice here, teach here, and save patients whose conditions are beyond the capabilities of other hospitals.

But at SLHO, we do more than save lives. We give our patients the chance to live them to the fullest.


Vision, Mission & Values



SLHO Health System will become the leading public academic healthcare system in the United States.



SLHO improves the health of the community by providing quality, comprehensive healthcare in a compassionate, culturally competent, ethical, and fiscally responsible manner. SLHO maintains its commitment to the underserved of Fulton and DeKalb counties, while also providing care for residents of metro Atlanta and Georgia. SLHO leads through its clinical excellence, innovative research, and progressive medical education and training.



At SLHO, we have a higher calling and a deep sense of pride. We deliver essential care with humanity, compassion, and kindness – with arms open wide to everyone in our community.  Regardless of role or level in the organization, humanity starts with how we treat our coworkers and colleagues.

Be Patient-Centered
I believe delivering care with humanity and kindness is what sets us apart.

Be Safe
I believe I owe it to my patients, my family, my co-workers, and myself to be safe because harm changes live forever.

Serve Others with Excellence

I believe this is where I shine, by owning it, personalizing it, and elevating it.

Do Right
I believe in always doing the right thing, knowing it leads to the right outcome.

Do Good
I believe my spirit can be contagious – in a positive way!

Vision, Mission & Values

What We Report

Our quality report cards are issued for specific conditions or procedures and compare the quality of our outcomes against the established standards for the treatment of the condition or performance of the procedure.

You may also view quality data reports for SLHO through these third-party sites:

  • The Joint Commission

  • US Department of Health & Human Services

  • Georgia Hospital Association

Results posted on these sites reflect a rolling 12-month average and may not accurately convey progress toward achieving our quality objectives. For this reason, we have provided our most current quarterly performance. This data has been collected as part of our submission requirements but may not yet be displayed on the sites referenced above.

History & Timeline

What We Report
History & Timeline
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