CMA Supports Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is receiving significant philanthropic support through a $3 million gift from the Country Music Association (CMA), Vanderbilt University Medical Center leaders, event host Kix Brooks, and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum announced today.

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“Country Music is a format known for telling stories. Now the Country Music community will be known for building them,” said Brooks, who serves on boards for both CMA and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. “Building floors means helping more children and families – locally, regionally, and around the world – and I can’t imagine anyone with a heart not embracing what is going on at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. When you see the courage of a child, or the face of a parent, you know how important it is for our industry to support the ongoing growth of Children’s and why it is life changing.”

“It fills me with joy to get to be a small part of sharing the heart of the Country Music community today with the CMA and Kix at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt,” said Scott. “I know I can speak for all the other artists when I say that we have an immense appreciation for everything the hospital is doing in our very own backyard for some of the bravest and strongest kids out there. The smiles I saw on their faces today, despite what they’re facing, is exactly why we’re dedicated to being sure as many children and families get the best care possible.”

The gift from CMA and its membership marks a high point in the longstanding relationship between the Nashville neighbor organizations that reside just blocks apart. VUMC has long supported CMA.

VUMC’s participation in and support of CMA’s Instrumental Healthcare program allows CMA members and their families access to affordable health care through the Medical Center’s diverse adult and pediatric specialty and subspecialty programs. VUMC has also long supported the unique needs of CMA artists through such highly specialized health care programs as the Vanderbilt Voice Center and the Musicians Hearing Center. Through its LifeFlight Event Medicine program, VUMC also provides emergency medical services to support the CMA Music Festival each year.

CMA’s gift will contribute significantly to construction of the hospital’s four new inpatient floors that will add approximately 40,000 square feet per floor and bring the hospital’s total capacity to nearly 1 million square feet. An estimated 70 to 80 new beds will be added when the two initial floors are opened. These floors will focus on the care of critically ill or injured children, including premature infants, neurosurgery, organ transplant, and other critical care patients.

“CMA and our members have benefited a great deal from our longstanding relationship with Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Our partnership is the definition of reciprocal care: Vanderbilt has provided affordable health care options to our members and staff through CMA’s health insurance programs; they are in our ‘backyard’ attending to the immediate needs of the industry; and they are widely supported by our artist community including Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, and Rascal Flatts. Supporting their ongoing growth is mutually beneficial.”

“We are incredibly grateful to the Country Music Association and its members for this very generous gift. It will have a profound impact on the children and families of this region,” said Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. “This amazing support through the CMA and its members reflects an ever growing sense of community we all feel. Our mutual commitment to this community is taking on many forms – and is manifest here by making it possible for more children to get the very specialized care they need, when they need it most.”

Children’s Hospital is the region’s only comprehensive, nonprofit provider of pediatric health care services. With the explosive growth in Middle Tennessee’s population, Children’s Hospital served 269,449 patients and their families through clinic visits and 15,480 children were admitted to the hospital from July, 1, 2014, through June, 30, 2015.

“Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is consistently at capacity and experiencing increasing demand for the unique high quality services we offer. This gift from the Country Music Association and its membership is an important investment in the future of the children and families of this region, helping us to develop further capacity to care for additional critically ill pediatric patients,” said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., Deputy Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System. “Our physicians, nurses and staff, who are deeply committed to helping all children return to health, are equally grateful to the CMA for this support.”

Through the hospital’s “Growing to New Heights” philanthropy campaign, chaired by Kathryn Carell Brown, the goal is to raise $40 million over three years to create funds that will support the total estimated cost of the building’s $100 million expansion. The Growing to New Heights campaign cabinet announced on Sept. 2 that $30 million has already been committed toward reaching the philanthropic goal.

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