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Children’s Tower coming to Williamson Medical Center

Updated – October 4th 9:04 PM
The plans, if approved, will expand the center by adding two operating rooms and completely reconfigure six existing ones. That addition will take the center’s total of operating rooms up to 12 with the new ones being built on the North side of the building.

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Williamson Medical Center will be a three story tower connected to the existing emergency department on the West side of the building. The top floor will serve as a pediatrics wing and include 12 inpatient beds and four observation beds. The second floor will be vacant to allow expansion of the WMC’s Labor and Delivery Department in the future. The main floor is a dedicated children’s emergency department.

More than 6,000 children are treated by the WMC annually in the emergency room so the need for an expanded facility is pressing. A strategic affiliation agreement signed last September with Vanderbilt, allows the new pediatric tower to 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,” says 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.”

WMC currently provides a 185-bed hospital which is fully accredited by The Joint Commission to give comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care including emergency services. The hospital enjoys credentialed physicians In 53 specialties and sub-specialties. They offer a wide range of wellness services, screenings and classes.
Find out more at www.williamsonmedicalsenter.org.

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A proposal was announced today for expansion of the Williamson Medical Center to include upgraded surgical suites and an adjoining tower for pediatric care. “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,” says Don Webb, F.H.F.M.A., WMC chief executive officer.

The new tower will be named the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Williamson Medical Center. “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,” said Webb.

The plans are pending approval from the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency. The multi-year, multi-phase project is the first major campus expansion in eight years for WMC. Webb was CFO during the last major expansion and commented, “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.”

Images for the proposed build are not yet available according to Nate Karlin, Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator for WMC.

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Andrea Hinds
Andrea has always loved the written word. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and a Masters in Creative Writing, both from Belmont University. Both sides of her family have lived in Williamson County for generations, so writing for Williamson Source is the perfect fit. She loves to hear stories of what Williamson County was like when her parents and grandparents were young and to write about this ever evolving county is truly special for her.