These updates from Atlanta hospitals promise better and healthier futures for our community.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
The future of pediatric care is getting a lot brighter as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta breaks ground on its newest addition, Arthur M. Blank Hospital. The Children’s campus will provide amenities for families such as a washer and dryer, a lounge and kitchenette on every floor and a children’s activity room throughout. With the addition of larger, private rooms, there will be 20 acres of green space with walking trails. According to research, the green exposure to patients’ rooms could reduce the need for certain medicines. The new campus will not only provide comfort for patients and their families, but healing for the earth as well due to the prioritization of sustainable resources throughout the design process. 1605 Chantilly Drive NE, choa.org/give
Last April, Piedmont announced it would be expanding its world-class Neurosciences Service Line at Piedmont Atlanta, with a particular focus on brain tumor, spine and cerebrovascular services. As part of that line, Piedmont has opened a 10-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit with 28 dedicated floor beds. This year, the unit will move into the Marcus Tower and expand to 22 critical care beds and 48 floor beds. “The opening of the Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Surgery Suite at Piedmont Atlanta represents a major step forward for Piedmont Neurosciences,” says Patrick Battey, MD, CEO of Piedmont Atlanta. “The complementary nature of neurosciences and cardiovascular services will be a great asset to Piedmont and its patients. We’re committed to bringing together the best care team and the latest technology—building on the Piedmont Promise of making a positive difference in every life we touch.” 2001 Peachtree St. NE, piedmont.org
Grady Health System
The first in Georgia to implement robotic technology to help surgeons perform coronary interventions in its new catheterization lab, the Grady Health System has renamed its cardiac center. Grady Heart and Vascular Center is Atlanta’s busiest Level 1 trauma center and STEMI receiving center, providing specialized care to all. Winner of the 2021 American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Quality Achievement Award, Grady remains a leader in heart and vascular care. 80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE, gradyhealth.org
Shepherd Center, in partnership with Georgia State University, has officially kicked off an innovated study utilizing 3D printers to aid patients and students. Back in 2019, Shepherd Center became a host of the Atlanta Chapter of Makers Making Change, an organization that connects people with disabilities with volunteer makers who build affordable assisting technologies. After a successful pilot project in early 2021 where students designed a denture cup to assist a patient via 3D printer, the Atlanta chapter of the MCC has partnered with the Georgia Rehabilitation Services Volunteer Partnership, a free clinic hosted by Shepherd Center, to continue the extensive use of 3D printer programming. shepherd.org/research; makersmakingchange.com
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