Our History

Babies at Scottish Rite
   Patients at Scottish Rite Convalescent Home
   for Crippled Children in the early 1900s
In 1998, Egleston Children's Health Care System and Scottish Rite Medical Center came together to form Children's Healthcare of Atlanta—one of the largest pediatric systems in the country. The new system had a single priority: family-centered care. The next year, Hope and Will, our colorful boy and girl mascots came to life, representing the hopeful attitude and strong will of our patients, families and staff.

In 2006, Children's assumed responsibility for the management of services at Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital—growing the system to three hospitals and 17 neighborhood locations—all dedicated to all better.

Our rich history inspires us to head into our next decade with an even stronger passion to ensure all children have access to the specialized care they need. With a history of more than 200 combined years of caring for Georgia's children, Children's embarks on this new beginning with an even stronger passion to ensure all children have access to the specialized care they need.

Children's at Egleston

  • 1928 — Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children opened.
  • 1956 — Egleston became the pediatric teaching affiliate of Emory University School of Medicine.
  • 1998 — Egleston Children's Health Care System and Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center officially merged to become Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
    Learn more about Egleston hospital's history

Children's at Hughes Spalding

  • 1952 — The Hughes Spalding Pavilion officially opened as a private hospital for paying African-American adults.
  • 1989 — Hughes Spalding temporarily shut its doors for renovation. The facilities reopened in 1992 as Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital.
  • 2006 — Children’s assumed responsibility for the management of services at Hughes Spalding.
    Learn more about Hughes Spalding hospital's history

Children's at Scottish Rite

  • 1915 — Scottish Rite Convalescent Home for Crippled Children opened.
  • 1965 — Scottish Rite expanded into a full-fledged medical center.
  • 1998 — Egleston Children's Health Care System and Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center officially merged to become Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
    Learn more about Scottish Rite hospital's history