ATLANTA, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, a
not- for-profit organization and one of the country's leading pediatric
health care systems, today broke ground on the construction of a new
facility at Children's at Hughes Spalding. More than 100 attendees
witnessed the ceremony, which represents a major milestone in efforts to
reshape and revitalize the downtown facility.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta will continue to rely on support from
the community in order to raise the nearly $10 million more needed to
renovate and operate the facility.
"We are enthusiastic that this day has come," said Donna Hyland,
president and CEO of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. "The new building at
Hughes Spalding will have a pediatric focus, which is important since we
know that children fare better when treated in a child-centered setting.
With our increased attention on clinical excellence, research, teaching and
wellness as part of Children's 10-year vision, we couldn't be happier with
the strides that have been made towards providing the highest quality care
for the Children's at Hughes Spalding community, as well as all of
Children's assumed the management of Grady-owned Hughes Spalding in
2006 and has since worked extensively with members of the community,
physicians, employees and others to create a plan to ensure its viability
for future generations. The new, four-story facility, projected to open in
2010, is part of that plan. Replacing the hospital's 1952 building, which
was originally constructed as an adult hospital, the new building will
feature vital child- and family-friendly amenities not currently available.
"Children's and Grady share a mission to make the highest quality care
accessible to all children," said Doug Hertz, Chairman of Children's
Healthcare of Atlanta Board of Trustees. "The enhancements that have been
made already at Children's at Hughes Spalding and the ones yet to come will
further strengthen our ability to do just that. It's an exciting time."
The hospital will be constructed on land now used for a parking lot and
will augment a 1983 annex, which has also undergone renovations. The
structure will house 24 child-friendly inpatient beds with the ability to
expand, an enhanced and expanded Emergency department and vital specialty
clinics: sickle cell, asthma and child protection.
"Many hands have come together to ensure Hughes Spalding remains an
important resource," said Julia Jones, vice president, operations of
Children's at Hughes Spalding. "Representatives from Children's and Grady,
as well as Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of
Medicine - the physicians who see the children every day - provided
invaluable feedback on how to revitalize the facility. It truly has been a
ABOUT CHILDREN'S HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, one of the leading pediatric
healthcare systems in the country, is a not-for-profit organization that
benefits from the generous philanthropic and volunteer support of our
community. Operating three hospitals with more than half a million patient
visits annually, Children's is recognized for excellence in cancer,
cardiac, neonatal, orthopaedic and transplant services, as well as in many
other pediatric specialties. To learn more about Children's Healthcare of
Atlanta, visit our Web site at www.choa.org or call 404-250-KIDS.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding is owned by Grady
Health System and managed by HSOC Inc., an affiliate of Children's.
SOURCE Children's Healthcare of Atlanta