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Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to Open Marcus Autism Center
Date:7/1/2008

ATLANTA, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Bernie and Billi Marcus announced today that they are joining forces in the fight against autism. Children's will develop a new wholly owned subsidiary, Marcus Autism Center, which will offer services for children with autism.

Children's plans to collaborate with Emory University, Georgia Tech and other academic and community-based organizations who are already serving the needs of children with autism in Georgia. Together, there is an opportunity to leverage the extraordinary research, resources and capabilities already available in Georgia to help improve the lives of these children and their families.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the country -- 1 in 150 children nationally are diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder.

"We've got a real issue on our hands. My wife, Billi, and I recognize the important need for a center that will bring together educators, researchers, the medical community, and others," said Bernie Marcus, founder of The Marcus Institute. "Children's was the ideal partner for this endeavor, given its proven track record as a clinical provider and focus on caring for Georgia's kids."

In July 2008, Children's will begin offering services at the Marcus Autism Center, located on Briarcliff Road where the Marcus Institute currently operates. Services will include programs designed to diagnose, treat and provide support for children who have been diagnosed with, or exhibit signs of autism.

"We will build upon Bernie's and Billi's vision and will strive to add value to the fight against autism," said Children's Healthcare of Atlanta President and CEO Donna Hyland, noting that the incidence of autism is even greater in Georgia -- 1 in 136 children. "With this new endeavor, we will build upon the great work already taking place to help children with
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