Common Questions

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. You can also contact us for more information.

What will the new campus offer?

The proposed plan for a campus at I-85 and North Druid Hills includes a new hospital and the previously announced Center for Advanced Pediatrics. New staff support offices would be developed adjacent to the new campus.

The campus at I-85 and North Druid Hills is planned to include a hospital facility, the previously announced Center for Advanced Pediatrics and new support offices.

  • The planned hospital will be a full-service hospital for inpatient medical care. Children’s will focus cardiac, transplant, and cancer services at the hospital at the North Druid Hills campus.
  • 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 to relocate the support offices currently located on the site to the area currently occupied by Park North and Park North Annex.

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 planned hospital will be located on the proposed 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?

Children’s is investing in its facilities across the System. In 2017, Children’s will:

  • Open 60 beds, including 46 new licensed beds and 14 observation beds at Scottish Rite hospital
  • Expand the emergency department at Hughes Spalding hospital
  • Plan for additional beds at Egleston to meet demand
  • Open a new urgent care center in Hamilton Creek
  • Expand specialty services in Cherokee

And in 2018, we will:

  • Complete 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
  • Complete construction of an outpatient facility at Town Center
  • Open 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?

The footprint of the existing Children’s Office Park covers a portion of the land we will use for the replacement hospital, and we need to move employees out of the existing offices at the Park, Park North and Park North Annex to begin construction of the hospital.

We are working to gain necessary approvals from the City of Brookhaven for this new building. We are hopeful the City Council will approve our application so we can provide more detailed plans for the new building.

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What will happen to Egleston’s campus?

After the construction of the new 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 key hospitals in the Children’s System.

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.

What is the timeline for the hospital build?

Construction is planned to begin as early as 2020 and is anticipated to take five years.

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?

Our first priority will always be to care for children, but our new campus offers us an opportunity to care for our community in a whole new way. Our vision is a campus that is a wellness catalyst, inspiring by example and enhancing lifestyles not just for our patients and employees, but our neighbors.

We want to be a part of Atlanta’s future not just by healing Georgia’s kids, but by creating a great place that provides an inspirational connection for our patients and families to the community we call home.

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?

At this time, there are no plans for MARTA rail service at the North Druid Hills campus. The new campus is just three miles from the Brookhaven MARTA station on a direct bus route should employees and visitors choose to use transit.

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 on our website.

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?

Our website will be updated and expanded as additional information becomes available. You can also complete the form on the right to receive the latest updates.

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