A rendering of the proposed Piedmont Hospital tower.
A rendering of the proposed Piedmont Hospital tower.

By John Ruch

Piedmont Atlanta Hospital’s plan for a new heart center is moving ahead as the Buckhead hospital prepares to soon file state approval for its new heart center tower, according to Piedmont Healthcare spokesperson Amanda Bartlett.

The “certificate of need” will seek approval for the previously announced tower planned at Peachtree and Collier roads on a corner of the hospital’s main 1968 Peachtree campus.

The tower would be the hub of the new Marcus Heart and Vascular Center that was kickstarted by a $75 million gift from the Marcus Foundation announced earlier this year. That massive donation is the foundation of a new capital campaign for the heart center.

The tower would be 16 stories, including underground parking levels and an energy plant. The exact room count is still undetermined, said Piedmont Healthcare spokesperson Elisabeth Wang. In its certificate of need request, the hospital will be asking for 114 beds, but the actual total will be higher as the hospital already holds licenses for more beds than it has in service, she said.

A rendering released earlier this year shows a glass-walled tower with about 12 above-ground stories. The tower will be “connected to and integrated with the existing main hospital building,” according to Bartlett.

The center also will use renovated existing buildings on the campus, Bartlett said.

This story has been updated with Piedmont Healthcare’s clarification of bed-count information.


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.