Every Child Deserves Children's

We're breaking new ground at our new North Druid Hills Campus and across our healthcare system to improve access to specialized pediatric healthcare for Georgia's children and families.

How We’re Breaking New Ground

We comprehensively studied future demand and facility capacity required to meet Georgia’s pediatric population growth and exciting advances in medicine for the next 20 years and beyond.

We believe Every Child Deserves Children’s and that’s why we are driven to increase access to our specialized care. In order to do this, we need the space and flexibility required to grow and better coordinate services for our patients and families. A new campus at North Druid Hills and I-85 – as well as continued growth across our system – will allow us to meet the needs of Georgia’s children for decades to come.

North Druid Hills Campus

We are planning a major pediatric medical campus that will be a leader in care. This campus will be the home of a replacement hospital and the Center for Advanced Pediatrics. With easy access from I-85, the new campus will give our hospital system room to grow decades into the future.

Site Plan Site Plan
1. Center for Advanced Pediatrics

A new, 260,000-square-foot outpatient care center will bring pediatric clinics and specialists together under one roof. Visit centerforadvancedpediatrics.org for more information.

2. Replacement hospital and support staff offices
The new campus will have a full service hospital for inpatient medical care and will likely consolidate some high-acuity programs to one location. We anticipate the hospital footprint will utilize much of the existing office space, so we will be developing plans for new support staff offices.

Across Our Facilities

We’re one system of pediatric healthcare — dedicated to making Georgia’s kids better today and healthier tomorrow.

Scottish Rite

We will add 46 new inpatient beds and 14 observation beds at Scottish Rite, which will remain a full service hospital for inpatient medical care. 

Hughes Spalding

We are investing in a new Emergency Department at our downtown Atlanta hospital. The expansion is anticipated to provide an additional 10 emergency department bays by summer 2017.

Egleston

We are adding beds at Egleston to meet short-term demand. After construction of the replacement hospital 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.

Outpatient

Committed to providing convenient access to care, our outpatient expansion plans include the expansion of Town Center, Hamilton Creek, Hudson Bridge and Cherokee. We are also planning for an urgent care center in the Chamblee/Brookhaven area.

Affiliations

Beyond metro Atlanta, we are implementing a formal affiliation agreement with Athens Regional Health System to better serve children and families in that area.

Center for Advanced Pediatrics

We are currently constructing this facility to bring pediatric clinics and specialists together under one roof to better serve patients with complex care needs.

Stay Informed

We will engage with our partners, the community and government leaders during the development of specific plans. Review common questions, submit a new question and check back for updates below.  

Common Questions

What will the new campus offer?

The new campus at I-85 and North Druid Hills will include a replacement hospital and the previously announced Center for Advanced Pediatrics.

  • The replacement hospital will be a full service hospital for inpatient medical care and will likely consolidate some high-acuity programs to one location.
  • The Center for Advanced Pediatrics will be a revolutionary pediatric outpatient care center. The new 260,000-square-foot facility will have both complex care and research capabilities in one facility. It will house 457 physicians and employees and anticipates managing more than 100,000 outpatient visits in the first year.

We are planning for the relocation of the support staff offices currently located on the site.

How many beds will Children’s have once the new campus is complete?
Children’s currently has more than 600 licensed beds at Scottish Rite, Egleston and Hughes Spalding combined. We anticipate we will need 750 beds by 2026 across our three hospitals. Our plans are to grow over time as necessary to serve Georgia’s children.
Where will the hospital be located?
The hospital will be located on the future North Druid Hills Campus at the northeastern corner of I-85 and North Druid Hills Road in Brookhaven.
What improvements is Children’s making to its other facilities?

Beyond the North Druid Hills Campus, Children’s is investing in its facilities across the system. Additional initiatives include:

  • Opening of 46 new licensed beds and 14 observation beds at Scottish Rite hospital in 2017
  • Expansion of the emergency department at Hughes Spalding hospital by summer 2017
  • Planning for additional beds at Egleston to meet demand until the replacement hospital opens
  • Construction of the Center for Advanced Pediatrics, a 260,000-square-foot facility that will put complex care specialists, state-of-the-art technology and leading-edge research for outpatient care under one roof
  • Construction of an outpatient facility at Town Center
  • Addition of a new urgent care center in Hamilton Creek in 2017
  • Expansion of specialty services and urgent care at Hudson Bridge
  • Expansion of specialty services in Cherokee
  • Construction of a new urgent care center in the Chamblee/Brookhaven area
What is Children’s plan for current support staff at the existing office space at the North Druid Hills Campus?

In order to begin construction on the replacement hospital, Children’s must relocate its support staff currently working in the older, one-story office buildings on the site.

On Wednesday, April 5, Children’s filed an application for annexation of five properties along Northeast Expressway into the city of Brookhaven. In addition, Children’s submitted a request for a special land use permit (SLUP) with the city of Brookhaven on some of the annexed properties. These filings are a first step toward building a replacement office building for support employees who will be displaced by future hospital construction.

If the permit is approved, Children’s plans call for an eight-story replacement office building, of which two stories will be partially underground, and associated parking deck. View our fact sheet for additional information. You can also attend our upcoming public information meeting on Thursday, April 20.

What will happen to Egleston’s campus?
After the construction of the replacement hospital is complete, Children’s will no longer operate an inpatient facility at Egleston. The long-term purpose of Egleston’s campus will be determined during the planning process over the next several years.
How will this impact Children’s relationship with Emory?
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine have a long-standing partnership and will continue to work together to provide high-quality pediatric care, conduct groundbreaking research, and train the next generation of physicians. Faculty/physicians from Emory University School of Medicine will continue to provide clinical care at all Children’s campuses, and Children’s will remain a primary training site for Emory’s pediatric medical students, residents and fellows.
What will happen to research?
Basic science research will remain on the Emory Campus.
What will happen to Scottish Rite and Hughes Spalding?
Scottish Rite and Hughes Spalding will remain core hospitals in the Children’s system. We will be working with our physician partners to determine how to integrate services across the three campuses most effectively. Scottish Rite will remain a tertiary hospital.
What does this mean for private practice specialists?
Children’s has a long-standing history of partnering with the private practice physician community. These physicians are a core part of our history and we plan to continue to foster these collaborations moving forward. We will work with our physician partners to determine how to effectively integrate clinical services across all three campuses.
When will the pediatric hospital open?
Specific timelines have not been developed, but it may take as long as eight years to plan, permit, design and build a free-standing pediatric hospital.We anticipate the hospital footprint will utilize much of the existing office space at the North Druid Hills Campus, so we will be developing plans for new support staff offices as well.
Why not expand Egleston’s current campus?
We studied extensively whether it was possible to expand on the Egleston campus. Given the campus is 7.5 acres, there is no further opportunity to expand. As we looked at future demand and facility capacity required to meet the projected 10-year and 20-year needs of Georgia’s children and their families, Children’s determined a new campus at North Druid Hills – along with sustained growth over time at Scottish Rite – provides the system the footprint needed to grow.
Will the replacement hospital be named Egleston?

We will certainly honor the Egleston name in some way at the replacement hospital, but it is too early to say what the facility will be called.

How will the new campus fill an existing need in the community?
The population in Atlanta continues to grow, and the need for our services is commensurate. As the only freestanding pediatric healthcare system in Georgia, Children’s is compelled to ensure that we’re able to serve the sickest children in our state. The evolution of patient care standards and technology requires additional space for the delivery of care. This new campus will give us the flexibility needed to continue to grow to meet the needs of kids across Georgia.
What is Children’s plan to alleviate traffic concerns at the Druid Hills intersection?
We want to be good neighbors to those in the surrounding area and will be taking a close look at existing traffic patterns and projections through our planning process. We’re working with the Georgia Department of Transportation and local governments to make appropriate improvements that will minimize any traffic challenges. We have met with adjacent property owners – including Emory – and are committed to careful planning in coordination with our neighbors.
Will there be MARTA at the new campus?

We are planning to work with the Georgia Department of Transportation and MARTA and anyone else we can to ease congestion and find solutions for traffic. We are already on the MARTA bus line, but it is unlikely there will be MARTA rail service at the new campus in the near future.

How can I get involved?
We envision a campus that will be a leader in pediatric care. To make that a reality, we need to hear from you! Please send us your ideas, questions and concerns. We also invite you to attend an upcoming community meeting – these dates will be shared at www.choabreakingnewground.org.
How can I make a donation?
Show your support by giving a one-time or recurring gift at www.giving.choa.org/breakingnewground.
How can I learn more?

Choabreakingnewground.org will be updated and expanded as additional information becomes available. You can also send us your email address to receive the latest updates.

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