Piedmont Hits $150 Million Goal for Marcus Tower

Piedmont Hits $150 Million Goal for Marcus Tower

First phase of construction opened in July and the next phase began recently.

The Piedmont Healthcare Foundation met its $150 million fundraising goal for the Marcus Tower at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. Phase I of construction was completed and opened July 15. Phase II of the project has begun and Piedmont will open the first floors of Phase II in January 2022.

Since 2016, community leaders, grateful patients, physicians and employees have contributed to the Building Better Capital Campaign, which supports the construction of the Marcus Tower. The largest donations came with $75 million from Bernie and Billi Marcus through The Marcus Foundation and $18 million from Brett and Louise Samsky and their son Connor to establish the Samsky Invasive Cardiovascular Services Center and to fund the Brett and Louise Samsky Lobby.

“We are humbled and grateful for all of the gifts that our donors made to the Marcus Tower,” said Sid Kirschner, Piedmont Healthcare chief philanthropy officer. “They have made an essential investment in transforming the health and well-being of the next generation of families in Atlanta and the entire Southeast – an investment that already has shown how it is serving the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Phase II of the tower began with the neurosciences service line. One patient floor will be completed per year, except for 2026, when the final two floors will be built out. By the time the project is complete, philanthropy will have accounted for a significant portion of the entire project’s cost, according to a Piedmont press release.

“This space enables the critical expansion of cardiovascular and other key healthcare services, giving us the ability to provide one-of-a-kind, patient-centered care for more people than ever before.,” said Dr. Patrick Battey, CEO of Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.

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