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June 7, 2018

Children’s takes first step in seeking biggest state permit ever for proposed complex

Georgia Health News

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is seeking approval of a $1.5 billion North Druid Hills campus, which could be the largest hospital construction plan in terms of cost in the state’s history of the Certificate of Need (CON) program, observers say.  

Obtaining a CON can be a long journey if a hospital project draws opposition. It’s unknown whether the planned 70-acre campus will get such a fight, but Adrienne Marting, a healthcare attorney with the law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, said she doubts the Children’s project will be opposed. “Hardly anybody opposes Children’s. You’d have to be a hospital with pediatrics’’ to have any stake in fighting it, she said.

Healthcare projects that involve ambulatory surgery or open-heart surgery are more frequently opposed by competitors than those where a hospital is adding beds and refurbishing its facility, Marting added.

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