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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Expands Services for Asthma Patients


The Children’s Asthma Center opens its doors to the community

As asthma rates continue to climb in Georgia, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is addressing the issue head on with the opening of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Asthma Center, located at Children’s at Hughes Spalding. This multi-specialty clinic will offer comprehensive services for children with asthma, which accounts for the number one reason for admission to Children’s.

The center, which will become a single “home” serving the medical needs of the asthma population in surrounding communities age 21 and younger, will provide the following:

- Comprehensive clinic services from physician specialists

- Respiratory therapy
- Asthma education
- Social work
- Leading-edge technology including a Pulmonary Function Testing lab

“With asthma so prevalent in Atlanta because of a combination of factors such as air quality and humid weather, the Children’s Asthma Center located at Hughes Spalding will give our asthma patients a comprehensive approach to treat their Asthma,” said Karen Nicolas, manager of the asthma center. “Our partners in the community, such as The Home Depot and the Imlay Foundation, recognized the need for this particular focus and through their support; we’ll be able to provide the specialized care that our asthma patients need.”

The expansion of services to Children’s at Hughes Spalding come during a time of phenomenal growth in Atlanta’s pediatric population. Over the past five years, the pediatric population in metro Atlanta has increased by 120,000 children, and that number is expected to increase by yet another 90,000 children by 2010.


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