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January 5, 2014

Vanderbilt University to expand Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Tennessee

Vanderbilt University has announced that it is planning to build a four-floor inpatient expansion on top of the existing structure of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Tennessee.

By Mekala ShivaramPrasad

Vanderbilt University has announced that it is planning to build a four-floor inpatient expansion on top of the existing structure of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Tennessee.

Vanderbilt will build the new tower atop the hospital’s south-east facade that is located at the corner of Children’s Way and Medical Center Drive.

The new tower will have four floors, each with 40,000ft² of space, bringing Children’s Hospital’s inpatient capacity to nearly one million total square feet when completed.

Construction work on the new tower is expected to commence in 2015.

The expansion will allow the inpatient capacity of the hospital to grow well beyond 300 beds.

The new tower will cater to the current and future health care needs of children from Tennessee and surrounding states. As part of the expansion, the hospital’s helipad will be relocated to the top of the new tower.

"The space and programmes created in this expansion will allow Children’s Hospital to catapult forward as a national leader in health care, research and clinical training."

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine dean and health affairs vice chancellor Dr Jeff Balser said, "As we recognise the seismic economic forces impacting hospitals and health systems across the nation, we have chosen to make a strategic investment to increase Vanderbilt’s support for the unique health care needs of children throughout the region."

"The space and programmes created in this expansion will allow Children’s Hospital to catapult forward as a national leader in health care, research and clinical training," Dr Balser added.

The Children’s Hospital was opened in February 2004. In May 2012 the hospital opened a 30,000ft², 33-bed expansion that created capacity for additional acute care, surgical and neonatal intensive care services.

The $30m expansion also allowed the hospital to expand its Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation Program, Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care and Congenital Heart Disease Program.

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has 425 full-time faculty physicians who have been trained in 30 paediatric medical and surgical specialities.

Currently, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital has 271 inpatient beds.

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