Emory doctors, administrators, friends and board members will gather on Wednesday, December 8 in a brief ceremony to dedicate the Emory Children's Center, a new $42 million home for outpatient pediatric care and faculty research on the University's health sciences campus.
The five-story, 153,000-square-foot building is located off Haygood Drive near the Winship Cancer Institute and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. The new building, which opened its doors to patients in September, replaces a sprawling complex of one-story modular buildings, located behind Egleston, which housed the pediatrics department for many years.
"We could not be more excited by this dramatic and highly visible sign of the University's investment in children and their health," said Barbara Stoll, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics. "It is a wonderful symbol for an integrated and invigorated department. We have new clinical space, new state of the art research labs, and a renewed commitment to patient care."
Dr. Stoll also serves as medical director of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, representing the close ties between the two institutions. Her dual appointments were announced in August, along with her being named the inaugural Dr. George W. Brumley Jr. Chair in Pediatrics.
The ground floor of the new building has 31 exam rooms, four consultation rooms and an infusion room, while the upper rooms will house faculty offices in addition to the laboratory space for research.
The new pediatrics building will support a host of specialty services through the Emory Children's Center, the largest pediatric multidisciplinary group practice in Georgia. They include apnea/sleep disorders, allergy, endocrinology/diabetes, gastroenterology, hepatology, hemophilia, infectious disease, neonatology, nephrology, neurology, pulmonology, and rheumatology. For information and an appointment, call 404-778-2400 or 866-EmoryMD (366-7963).
Other Emory pediatric specialties in the building include cardiology/Sibley Heart Center; hematology/oncology/AFLAC Cancer Center; and pediatric otolaryngology.
The building was designed by the architectural group S/L/A/M Collaborative and built by Turner Construction. Major benefactors included the Woodruff Foundation, AFLAC, the Francis Wood Wilson Foundation, and the family of the late Dr. George Brumley, a former chair of the department.
Michael M.E. Johns, MD, executive vice president for health affairs and CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, said the new building, like the Winship Cancer Institute, combines research and patient care in a way that symbolizes the way medicine will work in the future.
"Our vision for the future of healthcare at Emory is one in which the fruits of basic research are translated effectively and efficiently into clinical improvements for the benefit of patients," said Dr. Johns. "It is a vision in which clinician - scientists span the spectrum from fundamental discovery to new treatment, and in which the very designs of our buildings - and the structure of our systems of care - support them in that calling."
Thomas J. Lawley, MD, dean of the School of Medicine, added: "Given the fact that we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the School of Medicine throughout this academic year, the construction and opening of the new, bigger and better Emory Children's Center could not be more timely. We expect major research advances to issue from faculty working in this building in the coming years and decades."
Also joining in the dedication in a tent outside the building at 2:30 p.m. are Emory University President Dr. James Wagner; Children's Healthcare of Atlanta President and CEO Dr. James Tally; and Emory Healthcare President and CEO John Fox.