Expansion planned for Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt - WKRN News 2

Expansion planned for Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt


A four-story tower will soon be added to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

The expansion is expected to begin in early 2015, adding 40,000 square feet of space with each additional floor.

The hospital's capacity would grow from 270 to more than 300.

State officials approved the original plan and certificate of need in 2008, as the expansion was originally planned before the global recession of 2009 struck, but Vanderbilt still needs the state's approval for modifications.

"As we recognize 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," said Dr. Jeff Balser, vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said in a release.

The expansion will also relocate the hospital's helipad to the top of the new tower.

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