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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta breaks ground on 260,000-sq.ft. pediatric ambulatory care center for complex care

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Click the photo to explore the floors of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s new Center for Advanced Pediatrics.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta broke ground Jan. 11 on the Center for Advanced Pediatrics — a revolutionary new pediatric ambulatory care center.

The new 260,000-square-foot facility situated at I-85 and North Druid Hills Road in Brookhaven will bring together pediatric clinics and specialists under one roof. Many patients come to Children’s with complex conditions that require frequent visits to multiple specialists and clinics. These kids and their families face the stress of coordinating with different care teams while also juggling logistics such as parking and traveling from one physician’s office to another.

“The Center for Advanced Pediatrics will be a pediatric destination for the Southeast because it will have both complex care and research capabilities in one facility,” said Patrick Frias, M.D., Chief Operating Officer of Children’s. “This innovative facility will improve the patient experience and create a destination where much of what these families need medically for their kids is in one centralized hub.”

The Center for Advanced Pediatrics will house 457 physicians and employees and anticipates managing more than 100,000 patient visits in the first year.

Pulmonology, neurology, cardiology and diabetes are just a few of the specialties that will move into the new building, which will be centrally located to Children’s three hospital campuses, Egleston, Hughes Spalding and Scottish Rite. Almost an entire floor of the new building will be dedicated to treatment and research for breathing and airways, bringing together the areas of pulmonology, allergy/immunology, cystic fibrosis and sleep. Basic imaging and phlebotomy services will be available in-house for quick and easy access. A pediatric research center in the building will provide a convenient, dedicated location for patients to participate in clinical research trials.

“We are excited to provide a one-stop shop for that child to visit all of her doctors in one setting with a coordinated approach. This coordinated care and education will help children stay in school and at play – not in the emergency department,” added Frias.

In addition to physician space, the new facility will have state-of-the-art telemedicine capabilities, flexible exam rooms, a teaching classroom and a demonstration kitchen to enhance specific clinical programs. Additional features of the site include gardens and green space around the building and a dedicated parking deck.

“Not only will this new building serve as a beacon for the kids of Georgia, it will represent the Southern Gateway for the City of Brookhaven,” said John Ernst, Jr., Mayor of Brookhaven. “In 2014, Brookhaven adopted a 20-year strategic plan. Our vision is to create a model community that preserves what makes us great, while acknowledging our role as a premier community within Georgia. The fact that Children’s has selected Brookhaven as the home of the new Center for Advanced Pediatrics is a source of great pride for us.”