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Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / The lobby of the Peeples Cancer Institute on Thursday, January 20, 2022 in Dalton, Ga.

DALTON, Ga. - What if your doctor's office was a treehouse full of toys with an exam room with a porcupine theme?

The whimsical forest theme of the Anna Shaw Children's Institute is meant to be more than just fun for patients, according to Executive Director Terri Woodruff.

Philanthropist and flooring industry juggernaut Bob Shaw approached Hamilton Health Care System CEO Jeff Myers in 2017 about building a new facility for young patients with developmental disabilities in honor of Shaw's late wife, who had a passion for helping children.

Their vision was to bring the level of care typically found only in larger cities to the Northwest Georgia manufacturing town - which has a metropolitan statistical area of about 145,000 people - by creating a facility where children younger than 11 with any type of developmental delay could be diagnosed, treated, receive therapy and support services along with their families.

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