Williamson Medical Center announced Monday 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.
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.
One component of the new 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.