ATLANTAChildrens Healthcare of Atlanta expects to spend $2.5 billion over the next 10 years as it lays out a strategy for capital and program expansions. The three-hospital system plans to break ground Aug. 13 at its Hughes Spalding facility as part of that strategy. The $43 million expansion and renovation will help the hospital focus on primary care, sickle cell disease, asthma and child protection, a spokeswoman said. The system recently completed the purchase of 28 acres of land for a potential fourth hospital in the north suburbs of Atlanta and is developing a $17.6 million, 90,000-square-foot facility for its subsidiary, the Marcus Autism Center. In addition to the physical expansion, Childrens will bolster its clinical, education, research and wellness programs through the decadelong strategic plan, dubbed Vision 2018. The system is building on its partnerships with nearby Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Morehouse School of Medicine to conduct more pediatrics research and increase pediatrics education, the spokeswoman said. Wellness activities will focus on combating obesity in the community and increasing healthy lifestyles.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.Mercy Health Partners said that the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency granted it two certificates of need that enable the system to continue its integration of the two systems that merged earlier this year, St. Marys and Baptist Health System of East Tennessee. One CON allows the shift of 36 beds from Baptist Hospital East, Knoxville, to St. Marys Medical Center North, Powell, Tenn., a campus of St. Marys Medical Center, Knoxville. Baptist Hospital is closing. The second CON allows Mercy to shift the open-heart surgery program from Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee to 75-bed Baptist Hospital West, Knoxville. The program should start at Baptist Hospital West in six months, Mercy said.
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