Emory Medicine Gets a Huge Lift from the Cox Foundation

The Cox Foundation awarded a $25 million grant to launch new, patient-centered care models at Emory Medicine. This five-year initiative is initially focusing on prostate cancer care and will eventually expand to other clinical care areas through the Emory Healthcare System.

The Cox Foundation’s $25 million grant leverages Emory Healthcare’s current efforts toward streamlining patient care. According to Christian Larsen, dean of Emory University School of Medicine, the overall objectives of the Cox-funded initiative is to accelerate Emory Healthcare’s “ability to deliver the highest quality healthcare along with the most satisfactory patient and provider experience."

Over the next five years, Emory Medicine will work toward accomplishing those goals by:

  • Simplifying scheduling through the use of new technology
  • Improving coordination between hospital departments and staff
  • Enhancing communication between patients and hospital staff
  • Providing 24-hour access to clinical staff
  • Offering telemedicine options
  • Increasing the efficacy and consistency of patient education and follow-up care 

The James M. Cox Foundation gives grants in four priority areas including conservation and the environment; early childhood education (birth to age five); empowering families; and health, in communities where the Cox Enterprises operates. This is a rather quiet funder that doesn’t offer up much information pertaining to its health-related grantmaking—or any of its named priority areas in grantmaking for that matter. 

What we do know is that awarding $25 million grants isn’t standard operating procedure for the foundation. So its latest grant to Emory is a pretty big deal, considering that most grants from Cox typically stay in the range of $50,000 to $250,000. That said, the foundation does occasionally award larger grants of between $1 million and $5 million.

Although Cox Enterprises has operations across some 80 percent of the country, those large grants tend to be awarded to organizations located in its hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Given the foundation’s propensity for awarding its larger grants to Atlanta-based organizations, it makes complete sense that it cut a huge check to Emory University’s School of Medicine, which is also located in Atlanta. It also helps that Emory University is one of the world’s preeminent research universities and Emory Healthcare is “the largest, most comprehensive health systems in Georgia.”