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Children’s Healthcare Plans To Build Center In Brookhaven

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta submitted an application with the city of Brookhaven on Friday to build a new ambulatory care center.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta submitted an application with the city of Brookhaven on Friday to build a new ambulatory care center.
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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is planning to build a new outpatient clinic in Brookhaven at the corner of North Druid Hills and Interstate 85.

Chief administrative officer Linda Matzigkeit says this new 300,000 square foot, eight-story ambulatory care center will be for children with complex and chronic illnesses like asthma and cystic fibrosis.

She said this new facility will save parents from making multiple trips to different doctors.

“If you can imagine a child that has diabetes and they have regular appointments with many different pediatric specialists, what this facility will do is provide a one-stop-shop to visit their endocrinologist, their nutritionist, get their lab work and any other providers all in one setting with a coordinated approach,” Matzigkeit said.

Feeding Program

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta currently has three hospitals and 25 ambulatory care centers.

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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s new ambulatory care center, if the application is approved by the city of Brookhaven, will include a children’s court.
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The new facility aims to expand its pediatric feeding disorders program to become the largest in the country by doubling the number of kids it is able to treat. In 2014, the feeding program at the Marcus Autism Center had 4,600 appointments.

“Sometimes [children] have difficulty with solid foods, aversions to vegetables and sometimes it can result in serious illnesses,” Matzigkeit said. “It really is a chronic disease for some kids on not being able to eat properly.”

An application was filed with the city of Brookhaven on Friday. Construction is expected to start early next year and be complete by the end of 2017.