Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, anticipating dramatic population growth in the metropolitan area, has announced a $344 million expansion plan at its two campuses, Children's at Egleston and Children's at Scottish Rite. The construction project, set to begin this summer and to be completed in 2007, will add about 70 beds to the two hospitals along with flexibility for future growth. The not-for-profit Children's Healthcare has 388-staffed beds at its two campuses and 430-licensed beds. The expansion will leave each facility with 250-licensed beds. Kevin McClelland, a spokesman for Children's, said a certificate of need was filed with the state today. "We don't expect any opposition," he said. "All the hospitals here are at capacity." About $51 million of the cost is being paid through community commitments, including a $25 million grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. The expansion will add a five-floor tower above a four-level underground parking structure at Egleston, and more than double the treatment space in the emergency room. At the Scottish Rite campus, a new two-floor tower will house a 28-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit. Other highlights include a 54-bed emergency department and expanded surgical services and diagnostic imaging. -- by Michael Romano
Ga. children's hospital plans $344 million project
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