Children's Hospital Breaks Ground for New Building

ATLANTA (AP) - Children's Healthcare of Atlanta officials broke ground Wednesday for the construction of a new building at Hughes Spalding in Atlanta.

About 100 people attended the ceremony for the pediatric hospital.

Children's will seek to raise the $10 million needed to renovate and operate the building from the community. It will be built on land now used as a parking lot.

The building will include 24 child-friendly inpatient beds and an enhanced emergency department. It also will house vital specialty clinics for sickle cell, asthma and child protection.

Children's assumed management of Hughes Spalding, which is owned by Grady Memorial Hospital, in 2006. The new four-story building is expected to open in 2010 and will replace a 1952 building, which was originally built as an adult hospital.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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