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Children’s Hospital set for major expansion

By Nancy Humphrey
July 2010

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Vanderbilt University plans to build an expansion to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

This first-phase expansion will add additional acute, neonatal intensive care and medical-surgical beds, and also allow for increased space to house a growing number of physician scientists who care for Middle Tennessee’s youngest patients.

Since its opening in February 2004, patient occupancy has remained consistently high at Children’s Hospital. Pressure to meet the growing needs of the region’s children requires a first-stage project for hospital expansion, which will quickly bring on additional bed space, and initiate a strategy for broader future expansion needs.

As part of this multi-phase, multi-year expansion project, with an estimated total cost of $250 million, this initial Phase 1 expansion will involve $25 million to $30 million in construction costs, and will consist of a 30,000-square-foot addition on the Northwest corner of the hospital, across from the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. The expansion will be built atop the Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Department.

Architectural and engineering drawings are under way, and construction is planned for fall, pending approval from the University’s Board of Trust. In addition, $20 million in programmatic investments are planned with the first-phase expansion.

Surrounding a patient-friendly atrium, the additional neonatal, acute care and medical-surgical beds will be adjacent to, and extend, the existing patient care areas on the building’s fourth through eighth floors.

The expansion will also increase capacity to accommodate premature babies born at outlying hospitals who are then transferred to Children’s Hospital.

Additionally, the new space will allow Children’s Hospital to expand its Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation Program, as well as its Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care and Congenital Heart Disease Programs. Currently, Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in Middle Tennessee to offer these services.

As part of the hospital’s expansion, programmatic enhancements aimed to target three areas of childhood disease prevalent throughout Middle Tennessee — prematurity, childhood cancer and childhood heart disease — will be incorporated into the new space.

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