ATLANTA -- Children's Healthcare of Atlanta plans to invest $19 million in an expansion that will add nearly 50 beds across two hospitals.
The pediatric health system will add 23 beds each at its Egleston and Scottish Rite hospitals.
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The expansion is driven by demand from an expanding pediatric population in metro Atlanta, said David Tatum, vice president of government affairs at CHOA.
The occupancy rates at Egleston and Scottish Rite hospitals are at 79 percent.
"In a children's hospital, when you start getting toward 80 percent occupancy, you've got full utilization," Tatum said. "We've got greater demand for our services ... hence our desire to add more capacity to keep up with the needs of the community."
CHOA saw a 5 percent increase in hospital admissions and an 8 percent increase in inpatient days last year, compared with the prior year. During that same time period, the health system saw a 9 percent increase in total patient visits.
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The CHOA expansion, which will include 12 pediatric intensive care beds, will result in additional jobs. CHOA did not disclose that number.
Construction on the project, which hinges on regulatory approval, will begin in June and take about 12 months.
(Atlanta Business Chronicle)