Vanderbilt children's hospital plans to add 4-story tower

Vanderbilt children's hospital plans to add 4-story tower

Expansion would make Vanderbilt's one of 20 largest pediatric hospitals in nation

December 31st, 2013 by The Tennessean in Local - Breaking News

An $84 million, four-story inpatient tower is planned atop the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, marking the latest expansion of the hospital.

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An $84 million, four-story inpatient tower is planned atop the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, marking the latest expansion of the hospital.

The new tower is actually an element of a massive expansion plan that dates back several years but was put on hold during the Great Recession.

Construction should start on the tower in early 2015, university officials confirmed. The new tower will feature four floors with 40,000 square feet each, including one floor with 36 patient beds. The other three floors will consist of shell space for future use, Vanderbilt officials said in a letter to state officials.

Vanderbilt still needs the state's approval to modify its original plan and certificate-of-need request, which was initially approved in 2008. As part of the revised plan, the university asked for a four-year extension to the overall project timeline.

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