Children's Hospital of Georgia celebrates 20 years

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) - The Children's Hospital of Georgia is celebrating 20 years of caring for kids Wednesday. Experts at the hospital take care of everything from routine issues to complex pediatric conditions. 

It's the regions only academic medical center, serving more than 90,000 kids a year throughout the Southeast.

The hospital has come a long way since it opened in 1998. The Children's Hospital of Georgia, originally MCG Children's Medical Center, began in the adult hospital with 32 beds on the eighth floor. The first young patients were wheeled over from the pediatric unit at AU Medical Center to a newly constructed children's hospital in December 1998. 

Now, 20 years later, the five-story, 220,000-square-foot Children's Hospital of Georgia remains a lifeline to children and families, and has been repeatedly ranked among the nation's best in pediatric quality and safety.

"If you are a mom and have a baby that isn't born yet but has a surgical problem, you can deliver in this hospital, and under the same roof, your baby can go to the neonatal intensive care unit and under the same roof go to the operating room and be fixed," Charles Howell with C.H.O.G told NewsChannel 6. "You can stay at the Ronald McDonald House right in front of the hospital. There is not any other medical system like this in Georgia or the Southeast that can offer that."

To celebrate its growth, the hospital welcomes you to come here at 6 p.m. for a special ceremony in front of the hospital. 

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