Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Breaks Ground on New Facility at Children's at Hughes Spalding

State-of-the-Art Children's Facility to Care for Georgia's Youth

Aug 13, 2008, 01:00 ET from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

    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
 Georgia's children."
     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
 community effort."
     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 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.

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