In one of the most ambitious and expensive single projects of its kind in recent years, Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, plans to spend about $1.2 billion over the next nine years to build a replacement hospital and an entire array of new outpatient facilities and offices for its affiliated 780-member physician group, the Emory Clinic.
The replacement facility, which is expected to have about 700 beds, will be built on a campus directly across from the system's aging flagship facility, 518-bed Emory University Hospital. A series of offices, clinics and outpatient facilities for the Emory Clinic will be built on the same campus.
With some sections more than 70 years old, Emory University Hospital was a prime candidate for replacement, said John Fox, president and chief executive officer of the five-hospital system. "Emory University Hospital is in need of either massive renovation or replacement," Fox said.
He said Emory still has another year or so of "detailed planning and architectural work," and added that it could take as long as nine years to complete the project. He also acknowledged that "funding programs are still being developed."