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Vanderbilt announces expansion of children's hospital

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Vanderbilt University announced plans on Monday to build a four-floor inpatient expansion on top of the existing structure of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Each floor of the expansion will add approximately 40,000 square feet to the children's hospital, that will be used to fulfill current and future healthcare needs of children from Tennessee and surrounding states, according to the news release.

The expansion, when completed, will bring Children's Hospital's inpatient capacity to nearly 1 million total square feet. Included in the expansion is the relocation of the hospital's helipad to the top of the new tower.

The hospital, named for the late Monroe Carell Jr., is the region's only full-service children's hospital and currently operates 271 inpatient beds. The new tower will be built atop the hospital's Southeast facade, which is located at the corner of Children's Way and Medical Center Drive. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2015 and will allow the inpatient capacity of the hospital to grow well beyond 300 beds.

"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 Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, in a news release. "The space and programs created in this expansion will allow Children's Hospital to catapult forward as a national leader in health care, research and clinical training."

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