Three major medical center campus expansions across the north Perimeter area were announced in recent weeks as part of an ongoing regional boom.

Northside Hospital is planning a renovation of its Pill Hill campus. Buckhead’s Piedmont Hospital will develop a “major project” as part of a heart center expansion. And Emory Healthcare announced a 60-acre sports medicine campus and Atlanta Hawks training facility in Brookhaven.

A publicity photo of Northside Hospital.

Northside would not give details of its plans for its campus at Johnson Ferry and Peachtree-Dunwoody roads in Sandy Springs, but did say the plans are big.

In December, the hospital received state approval for a 53-bed expansion in a “new patient tower,” boosting the total inpatient beds to 590, said Northside spokesperson Katherine Watson. A preliminary community meeting for that plan–which includes an eight-story hospital addition and a 10-story parking garage with 1,270 spaces–is slated for April 27 at the hospital.

Meanwhile, the hospital is preparing to submit an application to the state for a “major campus renovation and reconfiguration project,” Waston said.

Northside’s Pill Hill neighbor, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, has a 57-bed expansion project in the zoning review process.
Piedmont Hospital plans to develop a “major project” at its campus at Peachtree and Collier roads after receiving a $75 million gift from the Marcus Foundation to expand its Piedmont Heart Institute, according to Georgia Health News.

The vision is to create a “destination” heart program that will be a national draw, like the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, and ensure that “no Georgian has to leave Georgia for heart and vascular care,” Kevin Brown, Piedmont president and CEO, told GHN.

In Brookhaven, a major new medical area is springing up around the North Druid Hills Road and I-85 interchange. Children’s Healthcare is already undertaking a major expansion of its facility there, with most of the details yet to be revealed.

On April 5, Emory made the surprise announcement that it had bought 60 acres of the Executive Park office park and will turn it into the new home of Emory’s Sports Medicine Center. The centerpiece of the site is a new training facility for the Atlanta Hawks pro basketball team.

“Emory Healthcare has built outstanding orthopedics services over the past decade, and we are excited to continue to grow this area and work closely with the Atlanta Hawks,” said Dr. Jonathan S. Lewin, the president, CEO and board chair of Emory Healthcare in a press release. “Delivering on-site care not only will enable us to provide faster care to Hawks players, but also will enhance our ability to conduct sports performance research and translate what we learn to all athletes both professional and recreational.”

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.