BREAKING NEWS: WMC proposes facility expansion to include childrens tower, emergency department
Williamson Medical Center announced today a proposal to expand its facility to include upgraded surgical suites and an adjoining tower for pediatric services that will be named the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Williamson Medical Center.
“As more families move to the area and the needs of our community continue to expand, we must broaden our services to meet those expectations,” said Don Webb, F.H.F.M.A.,
WMC chief executive officer. “When it comes to the health of their children, parents want to know their young ones will be treated with exceptional specialized care. Through our affiliation with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, we will be able to provide the highest quality pediatric care right here in Williamson County at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Williamson Medical Center.”
Pending approval from the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency,
Williamson Medical Center’s multi-phase, multi-year project will mark the first major campus expansion in eight years and the second time since moving to its current location in 1986.
Webb served as chief financial officer in 2004 when WMC successfully completed a $200 million expansion that included two additional floors on the main building and the construction of an adjoining medical office building and outpatient surgery center.
“We are thankful to have the support from a forward-thinking group of leaders that understands the important role quality health care plays in the prosperity of the communities we serve,” Webb said.
One component of the construction project includes renovation and expansion of the surgery suite and surgical support areas that will add two operating rooms and reconfigure six existing rooms. The new operating rooms, which will increase WMC’s total number to 12, will be located on the north side of the building.
In addition to the surgical suite renovations, WMC’s proposed project includes construction of a three-story tower connected to the Medical Center’s existing Emergency Department on the west side of the building. The bottom floor of the tower will provide access to an adjoining but separate emergency department dedicated to children, the top floor will serve as a pediatrics wing to include 12 pediatric inpatient beds and four observation beds, and the middle floor will remain vacant for future expansion of WMC’s Labor and Delivery Department.
With more than 6,000 children already being treated annually by Emergency Department staff, WMC’s leaders determined a need to provide additional pediatric services to families in Williamson County and surrounding areas.
As a result of the strategic affiliation agreement signed last September with Vanderbilt, the new pediatric tower will provide a collaborative approach to care between WMC and Vanderbilt physicians and staff.
“Our affiliation with Williamson Medical Center created this important opportunity to expand the scope of pediatric services in Williamson County,” said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs for Vanderbilt University and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System. “We hope the families of Williamson County will be pleased to learn they will be able to more conveniently receive a broad scope of children’s services currently available only at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital.”
Williamson Medical Center is a 185-bed hospital fully accredited by The Joint Commission that provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care including emergency services, with credentialed physicians in 53 specialties and sub-specialties. The community focused hospital offers a wide range of wellness services, screenings and classes.
For information about Williamson Medical Center, visit www.williamsonmedicalcenter.org.
Posted on: 10/1/2012