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Plans announced for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center

By Christina Echegeray
February 2013

Williamson Medical Center (WMC), one of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s affiliates, announced plans to expand its facility through construction to include upgraded surgical suites and an adjoining tower for pediatric services to be built adjacent to WMC’s existing emergency department.

The proposed expansion includes a three-story pediatric tower, with two floors of space to include a pediatric emergency department, located in the tower’s first floor, a 12-bed pediatric inpatient unit and four pediatric observation beds, which are planned to be located in the tower’s third floor.

The new pediatric tower will bear the name, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center.
The construction is part of WMC’s planned growth strategy, which also includes additional space within the new tower for future expansion of the Medical Center’s Labor and Delivery Department.

As a result of the strategic affiliation agreement signed in 2011 between WMC and VUMC, the new pediatric tower will provide a collaborative approach to care between Williamson Medical Center and Vanderbilt physicians and staff.

“Our affiliation with Williamson Medical Center created this important opportunity to expand the scope of pediatric services in Williamson County,” says C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs for Vanderbilt University and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System.

With Williamson Medical Center’s Emergency Department already treating more than 6,000 children annually, hospital officials saw a growing need for increased services.

“This valuable affiliation will directly address the growing need for pediatric health care in the area, and deliver convenient access and compassionate, family-centered care to the community’s doorstep,” said Luke Gregory, chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital.

“In addition, the facility will be a great resource for the more than 3,000 Vanderbilt employees who live in Williamson County and are enrolled in the Vanderbilt Health Plan,” said Gregory.

WMC’s multi-phase, multi-year project will mark the first major campus expansion in eight years and the second time since moving to its current location in 1986.

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