Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - Egleston Hospital

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Children's at Egleston
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta,
Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children.JPG
Location Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Coordinates 33°47′39″N 84°19′13″W / 33.7941°N 84.3203°W / 33.7941; -84.3203Coordinates: 33°47′39″N 84°19′13″W / 33.7941°N 84.3203°W / 33.7941; -84.3203
Funding Non-profit hospital
Hospital type General
Affiliated university Emory University School of Medicine,
Network Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Helipad Yes
Founded 1928

In 1928, Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children opened in the Old Fourth Ward east of downtown Atlanta at 640 Forrest Avenue (now Ralph McGill Blvd.). It opened with the financial support of Thomas R. Egleston Jr. In the first year the 52-bed facility was open, 605 children were treated.


The original hospital site was on the north side of Forrest Avenue (now Ralph McGill Blvd.) on the east side of Fortune St. (today Wabash Ave.).[1] Today the AMLI Parkside apartments occupy the site.

The hospital contained the original Dolly Blalock Black Memorial Garden,[2] dedicated to Elizabeth "Dolly" Blalock, wife of Eugene R. Black, Sr., president of the World Bank.

In the 1950s Egleston became the pediatric teaching hospital affiliate for the Emory University School of Medicine, and in 1959 relocated to the university's campus.

Old Rainbow Lego of Egleston prier to 1998 merger becoming Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

In 1959 the Atlanta Housing Authority purchased the Forrest Avenue site and planned a 350-unit complex there, which Black groups had argued for to relieve overcrowding in the Sweet Auburn area to the west. White homeowners complained that this would mean Black encroachment eastwards, and so City Council aldermen refused rezone the site, offering instead to clean up the Buttermilk Bottom slum.[3]

In 1987 the hospital opens a medical-psychiatric unit. Today the unit is one of only six university affiliated units especially for children in the United States.

The hospital is now a part of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). CHOA formed in 1998 when Egleston Children's Health Care System and Scottish Rite Medical Center came together, becoming one of the largest pediatric systems in the United States.