Children's Hospital is growing
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is excited to begin the construction of a new building adjacent to its current facility on Clinch Avenue. Children’s Hospital’s Board of Directors approved plans for a five-story complex offering 245,000 square feet of new hospital space, 146 parking spaces and renovations of selected areas within the hospital once the new building is occupied.
The proposed site is on White Avenue between 20th and 21st streets. Key features of the project include a new 44-bed private room Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a new perioperative surgery center, two levels of parking and enhanced family areas, such as roof-top gardens. Patient families and staff have participated in the planning process since the beginning and will continue to play a large role in design moving forward.
“As pediatric medicine continues to evolve, so does our standard of care,” said Keith Goodwin, President and CEO at Children’s Hospital. “This will allow the hospital to continue to provide the highest level of care to our region’s children. The project is about acknowledging the importance of families in the care we provide, improving the efficiency of care and ensuring that we have the opportunity to accommodate future growth.”
The groundbreaking is expected within the next 12-14 months, and the building will take approximately two years to complete. Additional renovations will take another year with an expected completion date of fall 2017. The estimated cost for the project is $72 million- $75 million, and while the hospital plans to pay for this largely with internal funds, Children’s Hospital will look to the community for additional help.
During construction, all services will continue to be offered at Children’s Hospital.