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Grady Hospital’s $180M expansion latest intown project to serve growing population

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The downtown proposal is meant to ease pressure on the crowded neighboring hospital

A grey bas-relief showing a man pushing away the Grim Reaper.
“Keeping Away Death” by Julian Hoke Harris, one of two bas-relief sculptures on the building at 99 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive.
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It appears the old Fulton County Health Department building on Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, across the street from Grady Memorial Hospital, is finally hearing its death knell.

As Atlanta’s population swells, Grady, at full capacity, has been under increasing pressure to expand its downtown operations; now that the hospital has acquired the old county building, it’s primed to do just that, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Grady’s network of specialty clinics and health centers around Atlanta sees more than 630,000 outpatient visits annually, and the hospital’s emergency room deals with almost 138,000 medical services responses each year, the paper reports.

So Grady is gearing up to develop a $180 million, 225,000-square-foot ambulatory center to replace the shuttered structure at 99 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive. It’ll be called the Center for Advanced Surgical Services.

The new building’s role will be to take on Grady’s outpatient surgeries and other services, which will provide breathing room between those operations and the hospital’s in-house services.

Housing most of Grady’s clinics, the expansion will grow the hospital’s total operating capacity by around 25 percent and its clinic capabilities by 45 percent.

The new building is slated to stand four stories and come with five floors of parking options. The project is expected to be funded by a partnership between DeKalb and Fulton counties in addition to private money.

When the Fulton County building is razed, it could also spell the end for a couple of bas-relief sculptures by Georgia Tech professor Julian Hoke Harris that for years have adorned its walls.

Grady recently approached the Georgia Department of Community Health to get the okay to proceed with the project. Construction could kick off by mid-2019 and wrap up in 2021, according to the ABC.

The endeavor joins other healthcare-centric developments underway in Atlanta, such as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s $1 billion Brookhaven hospital, and Piedmont Atlanta Hospital’s $500 million medical tower in Buckhead.

Meanwhile, Northside Hospital’s 12-story medical tower has risen along West Peachtree Street in Midtown. The goal with that venture, again, is to provide healthcare services to a growing intown population.