Williamson Medical plans pediatrics tower

Project with VUMC would feature Monroe Carell brand, also upgrade surgical suites

Williamson Medical Center executives and their partners at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have proposed expanding the Franklin hospital to include a dedicated pediatric facility that will bear the Monroe Carell name of VU's flagship children's hospital.

In a statement, WMC officials said they plan to build a three-story tower connected to their emergency department that will feature a dedicated kids' ER and 16 beds. One of the building's floors will initially be vacant and earmarked for expansion of the hospital labor and delivery department. The plans must be approved by the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency.

“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 expansion project — which is valued at around $67 million — also would renovate and add to WMC's surgical suite. It is by far the most prominent product of the partnership agreement signed a year ago by the two facilities. Separately, VUMC officials plan to break ground next year on a massive campus that will consolidate many of their Franklin-area physician and clinic outposts.

“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,” said C. Wright Pinson, deputy vice chancellor for health affairs at Vanderbilt and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System.