Approval from the state has set into motion the opening of a Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta facility in Forsyth County.
The Georgia Department of Community Health has approved the organization’s certificate of need, indicating the 20,000-square-foot-facility would fill a void in Forsyth’s clinic-style children’s health services.
“It shows there’s a real need for this type of service,” said Linda Cole, Children’s vice president of trauma and emergency services.
The $5.7 million investment will establish children’s services in urgent care, orthopedics, sports medicine, rehabilitation and prosthetics, among other areas.
Services will be housed in a facility leased at The Avenue Forsyth off Peachtree Parkway, not far from the 28-acre parcel Children’s bought about two years ago for $17.6 million.
That property will most likely be used for a full-service hospital, but the organization will begin with a clinic-style center at the mall. Construction is set to begin Dec. 1.
“This is definitely the precursor, planting the seeds until we grow into a much larger health care facility,” Cole said.
Between 50 and 60 jobs will be advertised after the new year, Cole said. The positions will include nurses, radiology technicians, doctors and front desk employees.
All staff will be in place by the time the facility opens the first week in June.
Citing the large existing medical presence, Cole said Children’s Healthcare is designed to work with area hospitals.
“Our plan is, even as we move into the next phase ... that we work in concert with Northside Hospital-Forsyth, Emory Johns Creek and North Fulton, similar to the way we’ve worked with Northside and St. Joseph’s [Hospital of Atlanta] at our Scottish Rite location.
“They birth them, we take care of them until they’re adults, then we send them back,” she said. “Here in Forsyth County, we’re able to work together for the greater good among all the health care providers.”