Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in US unveils expansion plans
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Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in US unveils expansion plans

20 Jul 2021 (Last Updated July 20th, 2021 14:54)

The expansion of the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is said to be the first major expansion since its inception in 2010.

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in US unveils expansion plans
The new building will enhance the capacity of the cardiovascular and neonatal units. Credit: Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in the US is set to further expand the healthcare facility with a new four-storey infrastructure.

Set to be built with an investment of $95.4m, the new building will involve the expansion of the cardiovascular and neonatal units, in addition to the surgery recovery area and main floor.

With this infrastructure, the neonatal intensive care unit will see an addition of 14 new beds for premature babies to the existing 60-bed unit, and eight additional surgery recovery bays.

The expansion will also facilitate addition of new beds at Heart Institute and increase the capacity of the 31-bed cardiovascular unit.

It will add ten additional cardiovascular intensive care unit beds to the existing ten-bed unit and create room for an 11-bed step-down cardiac unit.

Le Bonheur will also convert 12 existing beds to critical care use immediately to ease capacity needs during construction.

It is said to be a major expansion since the hospital opened in 2010.

The 128,575ft2 construction and renovation will be carried out on the west side of the hospital, the sidewalk of Dunlap Street, between Poplar and Washington avenues.

Additionally, a new MRI-guided catheterisation lab will be added for a total of three labs.

The expansion plan that was first announced in 2019, which included addition of only two-storey building, was put on a hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital president and CEO Michael Wiggins said: “This addition will help us make a generational difference in the care provided to children of the Mid-South and beyond.

“This kind of momentum will allow Le Bonheur to continue attracting and retaining the best physicians and caregivers to achieve our mission of providing excellent health care for children, teaching the next generation of pediatric experts, pursuing scientific discovery and serving children in their communities.”

In June this year, West Tennessee Healthcare and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital decided to offer specialised paediatric care to the children of West Tennessee in the US, as part of a collaboration.