Children’s Healthcare seeking 446-bed hospital

The proposed Brookhaven campus will include the relocated hospital, the Center for Advanced Pediatrics, office buildings, a central utility plant, and more than 20 acres of green space.

Children’s Healthcare of Egleston has filed a Certificate of Need application with the state to build a 446-bed hospital in Brookhaven.

If approved, the $1.5 billion project will go up near the 1-85 and North Druid Hills Road interchange.

The 1.8 million-square-foot hospital will be one of the state’s largest ever and will include two patient bed towers with rooms large enough for parents to stay comfortably with their children.

Jonathan Goldman, board chairman of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Egleston’s parent company, said the CON filing is “a significant milestone” for developing a transformative healthcare campus that meets the needs of Georgia’s children.

“Our rigorous planning process shows that Children’s must grow to continue to meet the vital needs of kids and their families in our state,” Goldman said.

When completed, the North Druid Hills campus will include the relocated hospital, the Center for Advanced Pediatrics, office buildings, a central utility plant, and more than 20 acres of green space and miles of walking trails and paths on and around the site.

Children’s says the hospital rooms will be larger because kids and parents “made it clear” during its planning process that they want the opportunity to stay together.

Children’s said it is also committed to improving the area surrounding the campus and will invest more than $40 million in traffic and infrastructure improvements.

Egleston filed its letter of intent to the Georgia Department of Community Health on May 24. The Certificate of Need was filed June 25. There is a 120-day review process, and the final decision from the state is expected in late 2018.

The nonprofit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which manages more than a million patient visits annually at three hospitals  – Hughes Spalding, Egleston, and Scottish Rite – and 27 neighborhood locations, is one of the country’s largest providers of pediatric care.

It said its mission is anticipating the growth of Georgia’s pediatric population, and it concluded that it could no longer meet the needs of the state’s children within its primary campuses, which no longer have room for physical expansion.

Donna Hyland, Children’s CEO, said the new hospital and campus along with other key improvements are a vote of confidence in the future of Atlanta and Georgia.

“Georgia’s children will continue to need access to the kind of specialized pediatric care that only Children’s can provide," she said.