VUMC considers $203 million Children's Hospital expansion

Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 11:06am

The Vanderbilt University Board of Trust has approved $5.4 million in planning fees for a proposed eight-story addition to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.

Projected costs for the proposed 340,000-square-foot addition run near $203 million, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center statement Thursday morning. Groundbreaking could take place in 2009, and construction completed in 2012, according to a project overview presented to the board.

As the project is currently proposed, the addition would include obstrical services moved from VUMC, 72 to 96 pediatrics beds, 36 neonatal intensive care beds, 36 obstetrical beds, a newborn nursery, 16 to 20 labor and delivery rooms, and five to 10 operating rooms.

The expansion was made necessary by the continued high occupancy rates of the hospital and the desire to grow programs such as pediatric cardiac surgery, oncology and liver transplantation, according to VUMC’s statement.

The expanded building would connect to the existing hospital to the east, including the adjacent block of Medical Center Drive and the space currently occupied by the Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health and Wellness, which is slated to relocate to the developing 100 Oaks campus.

For more information, see tomorrow’s The City Paper.

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