NAVIGATING ONE-WAY STREETS,
searching for scarce or distant parking, and locating doctors
offices and labs spread over several blocks, visitors to Emorys
Long Hospital in midtown Atlanta often are tired and frustrated.
But the nearly one hundred thousand patients a year who seek
treatment at Emorys downtown medical facility will soon
find high-tech care in a streamlined environment.
$270-million redevelopment project will consolidate many Crawford
Long services into a new medical office tower. Portions of the
complex, which will complement but not replace the existing
hospital on Peachtree Street, are set to open this year, and
the entire facility will be open by 2003.
Emory Healthcare embarked on one of the largest hospital construction
projects ever in Georgia, "we made a commitment to create
a premier medical facility that offers convenience, continued
clinical excellence, and enhanced community development,"
says John D. Henry Sr., chief executive officer of Emory Hospitals
and Wesley Woods Center.
centerpiece of the project is a six-story diagnostic and treatment
center topped by a fourteen-story medical office building at
Peachtree and Pine streets, which includes a glass conservatory
with lobbies and waiting area.
medical tower will bring together related services now spread
over several blocks and buildings. For instance, the operating
rooms will be near the blood bank, pharmacy, and central supply;
the emergency department will be near radiology; and the new
birthing center and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
will be on the same floor.
the current NICU weve been trying
to do modern medicine in a sixty-year-old building," says
Ann D. Critz, chief of pediatrics. "As part of our belief
in supportive care, we encourage families to be with their babies.
The new unit will allow this opportunity."
comprehensive birthing center on the third floor of the tower
will have eleven labor and delivery rooms, thirty-six mother-baby
suites, the NICU and a general nursery,
a lactation support space, and an isolation room that will double
as a surgical suite.
highlights of the medical tower include: a ground-floor emergency
department three times the current size; an outpatient surgery
suite with six operating rooms on the lobby level; larger, in-patient
surgical suites on the second floor; and an entire floor dedicated
to the Carlyle Fraser Heart Center.
intensive care beds and inpatient beds, except maternity, will
stay in the original Crawford Long Hospital building, which
is currently the third largest hospital in Georgia. (Emory University
Hospital ranks second.)
it was founded in 1908, Crawford Long had grown into a hodgepodge
of buildings spread over four city blocks. The nine existing
buildings on the campus require almost $10 million a year to
maintain and modernize. By the time the redevelopment project
is complete, eight of these buildings will have been demolished.
A transition team is planning strategies for the move, orienting
more than two thousand staff members and one thousand doctors.
the chaos, many on stafflike Dale Walker, director of
radiologycant wait to get into their new space.
The radiology department, which spanned three blocks and was
spread among four buildings, is now contained on the ground
floor of the diagnostic and treatment center. "Were
so excited its not even funny," Walker says.M.J.L.
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