Children's Hospital lobby to be closed for construction beginning tomorrow
Construction crews are set to add two additional hospital elevators at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt as part of the planned four-floor expansion.
At the beginning of this process, the first floor lobby will be completely inaccessible from 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, through 5 a.m., Monday, Dec. 4. During the complete lobby closure, access to Children’s Hospital from the ground level can be achieved via the DOT elevator entrance. Signage will be posted.
Following that, the construction impacts will include the closure of the main Children’s Hospital front entrance and portions of the lobby. The closure, which will last 12-14 months, will allow for crews to begin installing the two additional hospital elevators as well as shift the position of the grand staircase in the lobby. The grand staircase and the seating area on the second-floor balcony also will be closed off during that time.
Patient and visitors who need to access clinics in the Doctors’ Office Tower (DOT) from the hospital’s first floor can use a new temporary entrance (indicated as the yellow door on the map below). Access to DOT will also still be available from the Children’s Hospital second-floor entrance via the sky bridge off the South garage.
A second temporary first-floor entrance (indicated as the green door on the map below) inside the Children’s Hospital garden by the koi fish pond will allow access to radiology and diagnostic imaging. Guest drop offs and people accessing the Rascal Flatts’ Surgery Center on the third floor can also use the new entrance in garden.
After-hours hospital visitor access will continue to be gained through the Emergency Department (ED) entrance. Visitors who need to get to second floor of the hospital or to the Children’s Hospital food court can gain access via the second floor sky bridge in the South garage.
In preparation for the front entrance closure, Valet services for Children’s Hospital relocated in early October from the front entrance driveway to inside the South garage.
Valet services created signs to direct drivers to the South Garage and to the ED and other areas.
Wayfinding signs have been posted throughout the garage and along Children’s Way, with support from staff at various locations to help patients and visitors reach their destinations.
For more information on closures and other impacts throughout construction, please continue to look for updates in MyVUMC, or visit the Children’s Hospital website.