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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Monday announced the naming of the newest hospital within the healthcare system. “Made possible through a generous $200 million donation from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, it is the largest donation in Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta history,” according to the announcement. “It is also the single largest naming gift to a freestanding pediatric hospital.”
Included in the donation are the naming rights to the hospital which is to be called The Arthur M. Blank Hospital. The $1.5 billion project — which is being funded through a “combination of debt proceeds, operating cash flow and reserves, and philanthropic contributions,” per a Children’s spokesperson — is now under construction and is expected to open its doors in 2025.
“It’s a great honor for me and my family to be connected to Children’s, and a great honor for us to be connected to a system that has dealt with research, illness, and disease for the most precious commodities that we have in the world, our children,” Arthur M. Blank, Chairman of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, said in the announcement. “Children’s is one of the greatest pediatric hospitals in the United States. The work they are doing right here in our backyard will make a difference forever, and that’s very meaningful to me, my family, and our associates.”
The 1.5 million-square-foot hospital will be located at the northeastern corner of North Druid Hills and I-85 in Brookhaven. Designed to take “advantage of research-proven healing views of nature,” the Arthur M. Blank Hospital will include one tower with two wings and additional operating rooms, specialty beds, and diagnostic equipment. There also will be space for clinical research, clinical trials, and overall patient care.