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New Pediatric Tower Proposed At Williamson Medical Center

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn.- The Williamson Medical Center has announced expansion plans that will include a new tower for pediatric services.

The new facility, named the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Williamson Medical Center, will allow families in Williamson County to receive the emergency care their children might need without having to journey to Nashville. Officials said over 6,000 children received care at the WMC Emergency Center in 2011.

"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. "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."

The new tower will include renovation and expansion of the current surgery suite as well as the addition of two operating rooms. The top floor of the facility will serve as a pediatrics wing to include 12 pediatric inpatient beds and four observation beds.

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," 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."

The expansion will move forward pending approval from the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency.

For more information about Williamson Medical Center, visit www.williamsonmedicalcenter.org.

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