Atlanta Hospitals Are Some of the Best
Atlanta is home to some of the best hospital groups in the nation, offering amazing care to its patients and families; but that expected quality care goes far beyond the research and hands-on staff. The actual centers, offices and facilities housing this outstanding care also plays a huge role in how the services provided to patients can be improved upon. Below is more information about what new construction, agreements and improvements were recently completed or are under way or planned for the future of these systems throughout metro Atlanta.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which is focused on the health and well-being of children after birth to 21 years old, manages more than 850,000 patient visits annually at three hospitals and 24 neighborhood locations. Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country.
Continually ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, CHOA recently made available to young athletes in south Cobb County its nationally recognized sports medicine program.
Children’s at Ivy Walk provides specialized medical, orthopaedic and rehabilitation services for student-athletes at the middle and high school and elite levels. The 2,800-square-foot facility offers specialized therapy and rehabilitation to patients, as well as access to sports medicine physicians, physical therapists, certified athletic trainers, strength and conditioning specialists and a registered dietitian. Children’s at Ivy Walk is one of 13 Children’s Sports Medicine Program facilities located throughout metro Atlanta.
Northside Hospital Healthcare System
The past year has proven to be a very busy one for the Northside Hospital Healthcare System as it continues to expand and enhance its services to meet the healthcare needs of the community. Currently, the 852-bed, nonprofit healthcare provider has more than 120 locations throughout the state, including three acute care, state-of-the-art hospitals in Atlanta, as well as Cherokee and Forsyth counties. More than 2,500 physicians and 11,000 employees at Northside serve nearly two million patient visits annually across a full range of medical services.
The hospital group’s most recent projects included: expansion of the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, which will offer the Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion with Extend radiosurgery system to treat a wide range of brain tumors and other neurological conditions through the most advanced and non-invasive technology that delivers Gamma radiation; acquisition of new robotic surgical technologies like the new high-definition 3D technology that gives depth to laparoscopic surgery, in addition to the first and only FDA-approved, drug-coated balloon for treating patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a disease that creates blockages caused by plaque build-up in arteries that carry blood to the head, organs and limbs; groundbreaking of the Northside Hospital-Cherokee replacement campus, which will include the hospital, a distinct Women’s Center, a multispecialty medical office building, cancer center and 900 parking spaces; and new community partnerships, specifically with some of the state’s leading athletic organizations like the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Track Club, AJC Peachtree Road Race and Bicycle Ride Across Georgia, helping promote health, fitness and community involvement.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern
Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Regional Medical Center recently completed a major expansion of its Newnan campus, which includes $48 million in additions to inpatient, outpatient clinic, radiation and surgery units. The grand opening of the hospital’s expansion was held in late 2014 with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal in attendance as a special guest.
“We came to Georgia to serve patients and their families, and to serve the community. And we remain focused on those goals,” says President and CEO Anne Meisner. “There are several reasons for this demand. We’re drawing top-notch clinical talent; expanding our specialty lines and programs like gynecologic oncology and interventional pulmonology; and delivering comprehensive, personalized care under one roof. Most importantly, we continuously listen to patients and their families so we can deliver care based on what they value.”
CTCA is also home to Patient Empowered Care, a unique care model combining state-of-the-art clinical treatments and technology with an array of integrative oncology services and supportive therapies such as nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, pain management, oncology rehabilitation, mind-body medicine and spiritual support to help manage side effects and improve quality of life. Additionally, CTCA staff encourages and empowers patients to take an active role in treatment decision-making.
Upon opening in August 2012, CTCA at Southeastern was projected to generate 500 new jobs over its first five years in operation. The hospital vastly exceeded those expectations, employing more than 900 employees and 200 physicians as of February 2015. The hospital is also expected to add an additional 200 jobs in 2015.
Grady Health System
Grady Health System is one of the largest safety net health systems in the United States, consisting of Grady Memorial Hospital, six neighborhood health centers, Crestview Health & Rehabilitation Center and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, which is operated as a Children’s affiliate. Grady has the premier level I trauma center in metro Atlanta and serves as the 911 ambulance provider for the city of Atlanta. Grady’s American Burn Association/American College of Surgeons verified Burn Center is also one of only two in the state, and the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center is a Joint Commission designated Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center.
The Marcus Foundation has awarded Grady $30 million to help fund the expansion of the Grady Emergency Department and The Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center. About $20 million will go toward the construction of Grady’s new $76 million emergency center, and $10 million will be used to renovate existing hospital space to establish a multi-disciplinary outpatient center, expanding the scope of the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center. Work on the expansion and redesign began in March and is expected to be completed in 2016.
The healthcare system recently unveiled the new Correll Cardiac Center; a state-of-the-art facility that includes an electro-physiology lab and a 24/7 catheterization lab, expanding current services and capabilities to make Grady a comprehensive cardiac center. The center is named for Grady Memorial Hospital Board Chairman A.D. Pete Correll and his wife Ada Lee. The new center occupies 11,000 square feet of renovated space on the second floor of Grady Memorial Hospital.
While there are no recent announcements or major construction projects underway within Piedmont Healthcare, Emory Healthcare and WellStar Health System, each continues to be well-respected health institutions in the area.
Emory University is known for its demanding academics, outstanding undergraduate experience, highly ranked professional schools and state-of-the-art research facilities. It encompasses nine academic divisions, as well as the Michael C. Carlos Museum, The Carter Center, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Emory Healthcare, Georgia’s largest and most comprehensive healthcare system.
Recognized as the fifth most integrated healthcare delivery system in the country, WellStar Health System is the largest nonprofit health system in Georgia and serves a population of more than 1.4 million residents in five counties. WellStar includes WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, Paulding and Windy Hill hospitals, in addition to its medical group, urgent care centers, health parks, pediatric center and much more.
Piedmont provides around-the-clock emergency services and all major medical, surgical and diagnostic care across specialties like heart, cancer, transplant, orthopedic, neurology and women’s care. With hospital locations in Henry and Fayette counties and the cities of Atlanta, Newnan and Mountainside, in addition to other stand-alone centers, Piedmont has provided care in this area for more than a century.