Ideas for a full-service hospital serving those in the North Fulton area began in 1980 as local legislators, public officials and private citizens saw a need for medical care in the area. After two years of discussion, legal proceedings and preliminary planning meetings, final approval was passed down by the Georgia State Health Planning and Development Agency on January 6 of 1982 for the new hospital, then known as North Fulton Medical Center.
Construction began on October 4, 1982 on 38 acres of pasture land that was once occupied by a barn, surrounded by dirt, trees, and a two-lane country road. At that time, Highway 9 was not the major Alpharetta/Roswell throughway it is today.
The hospital’s first administrator, Martin Perlin, assumed his role in the late spring of 1982, before the hospital construction began. A leader with an eye for future growth, Perlin knew the preliminary plans for the hospital would need to include room for expansion as the community was likely to explode in the years to come.
In a May 27, 1982 article published in the North Fulton Extra, Perlin is quoted as saying, “Five years down the road it’s going to be too little. We’re building a base so it can be doubled (in capacity).” And noting the rapid growth in the North Fulton area, Perlin said, “North Fulton Medical Center is in the right place at the right time.”
Looking today at the Alpharetta/Roswell area where North Fulton Hospital (as it is now known) now sits, it would appear that Perlin was exactly right. Population growth in the North Fulton area is booming, fueled by the wide variety of corporations and businesses, the high-quality school system and the many family-friendly community and social outlets; and the growth does not seem to be slowing. So, North Fulton Hospital is responding.
In 1982, initial plans for the hospital included capacity for 175 beds, which allowed for future expansion. On November 6, 1983, the hospital officially opened its doors as a one-story, 108,734 square foot facility with a two story Atrium front to accommodate a second or third level when needed. At that time, North Fulton Medical Center provided 24-hour emergency services, obstetrical services and intensive and coronary care units. Outpatient services included ambulatory surgery, prenatal clinics, and laboratory and radiology services.
Today the hospital has grown to 202-beds housed inside an expanded facility. While Emergency Services remain a primary focus of the hospital, other such areas of specialty include Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Oncology, and General Surgery.