Vanderbilt Children's Hospital plans to expand - WKRN News 2

Vanderbilt Children's Hospital plans to expand

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt University is moving forward with plans to expand its Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.

The initial phase of the multi-phase, $250 million expansion will consist of a 30,000-square foot addition to be built atop the emergency department, in the northwest corner of the hospital.

The $30 million project will quickly add additional neonatal, acute care and medical-surgical beds to the facility to help ease a high occupancy rate seen since the hospital opened in February 2004.

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

Physician in Chief Dr. Jonathan Gitlin tells News 2, "Some of the areas that are going to be deeply impacted are our Intensive Care Unit. We have 36 beds currently it's almost always full we're the only level one trauma center in the region for children."

The addition will bring 33 additional beds to the hospital.

In addition, the new space will allow the hospital to expand its Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation Program, as well as its Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care and Congenital Heart Disease Programs.

Children's hospital is currently the only hospital in Middle Tennessee to offer such services. 

Construction could begin this fall, pending approval from the university's board of trust.

Also planned with the first-phase expansion is $20 million in investments that will go toward enhancing research, recruiting top experts and expanding care in the areas of premature births, childhood heart disease and childhood cancer.

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