Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - Egleston Hospital
|Children's at Egleston|
|Children's Healthcare of Atlanta,|
|Location||Atlanta, Georgia, USA|
|Affiliated university||Emory University School of Medicine,|
|Network||Children's Healthcare of Atlanta|
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.). Today the AMLI Parkside apartments occupy the site.
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.
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.
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