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Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to build new $1 billion pediatric center

The project will likely take six to eight years to complete, and is one of a number of expansion projects being undertaken by Children's.

Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Egleston campus in Georgia. (Google Earth)Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Egleston campus in Georgia. (Google Earth)

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is planning a new pediatric center in the Atlanta suburb of Brookhaven, GA, with the cost estimated to be about $1 billion.

The project will likely take six to eight years to complete, according to hospital officials. The new pediatric center is one of a number of expansion projects currently being undertaken by the health system; others include the addition of beds to existing hospitals, new urgent and outpatient clinics and a 260,000-square-foot specialized care facility.

Based on studies of future demand and capacity, Children's determined a new campus at the northeastern corner of North Druid Hills Road and I-85 -- along with sustained growth of other facilities and programs -- provides the ability to meet the expected patient care and space needs through 2026, and projected demand to 2036 and perhaps beyond.

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After construction of the new hospital at North Druid Hills is complete, Children's will no longer operate an inpatient facility at Egleston. Future plans for the use of the Egleston campus have not been determined. Children's Scottish Rite and Hughes Spalding hospitals will continue to grow to meet the needs of families and children.

In addition to the new hospital, the North Druid Hills Campus will be home to the Center for Advanced Pediatrics, which broke ground last month. The site currently houses a single story office complex occupied by Children's. Children's currently owns more than 45 acres at the site.

Specific transportation, site and building plans for the North Druid Hills Campus will be developed over the next 18 months.

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