CON Common Questions

Common Questions

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What does this application mean for Children’s and the North Druid Hills hospital?

A Certificate of Need is needed from the state in many cases to develop new or expanded health care services. The Certificate of Need program is intended to measure and define the need for such new or expanded services, control costs for healthcare and guarantee access to healthcare services, per the Georgia Department of Community Health. Children’s Egleston hospital is applying in order to have enough space to accommodate the future needs of children in our area/community and state – a need that is set to continue growing – and to have a facility which exceeds standards for healthcare in the future.

What is the timeline for the CON approval and action?

The Georgia Department of Community Health announced on November 9, 2018, that the Certificate of Need application was approved. This is a key milestone for the new hospital and the North Druid Hills campus in Brookhaven.

What will happen to Egleston Hospital now that the CON is approved?

Once the construction of the new hospital is complete, Children’s will no longer operate an inpatient facility at Egleston. The long-term use of Egleston’s campus will be determined during over the next several years.

Why does the CON application include a $1.5 billion budget as opposed to previously noted $1.3 billion spend?

The costs of the hospital have not increased. The CON application requires line items for certain facilities, including the hospital, attached clinic and office building, the central utility plant, key site infrastructure, and more. The number listed takes into account those additional expenses required by the application and is not just the hospital.

How did you determine the size of the hospital?

A key part of our mission is anticipating the growth of Georgia’s pediatric population and assessing our own facilities. We concluded that we could no longer meet the needs of Georgia’s children within our primary campuses, which no longer have room to support a physical expansion. The hospital includes larger rooms, because kids and parents made it clear during our planning process that they want the opportunity to stay together. This has become the industry norm and is what we are planning for the hospital. Larger rooms, hallways and common spaces also help future- proof the hospital and allow us to incorporate new types of technology that we believe will improve patient care.

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