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About Children's Hospital

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals.

With more than 500 physicians trained in 30 pediatric and surgical specialties, we’re equipped to handle any issue a child may face—from the simple to the complex. The hospital offers comprehensive services for everything from cancer, transplant, trauma, and sickle cell disease, to developmental disorders, ENT, general surgery and others. Featuring Centers of Excellence for the treatment of diabetes and congenital heart disorders, Children’s Hospital is also home to the highest level NICU in the state and serves as Nashville's Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center.

Growing to New Heights

In 2016, Children’s Hospital began the development of a four-floor expansion project, with each floor adding 40,000 square feet. Once complete, the expansion will bring the hospital’s total footprint to more than 1 million square feet.

Heart Institute

On June 18, 2019, patients were moved into the 40,000-square-foot Pediatric Heart Institute on the 10th floor. The institute comprises a 38-bed unit that creates a dedicated space for cardiac care, bringing together all cardiology-related specialties onto one floor.

The expansion also incorporates the relocation of a helipad, which allows air medical service providers to bring about 40 patients to Children’s Hospital per month. This relocation was made possible by the Christy-Houston Foundation with generous support from Mr. and Mrs. Robert Oliver Rolfe.


In March 2020, Children’s Hospital opened the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) on the 11th floor. Our pioneering Level IV-designated NICU is now one of the largest, with the total licensed bed count reaching 106. The expansion allows for 10 additional NICU beds, which is imperative to keeping up with Nashville’s growing population and for accommodating referrals from regional providers. The new units provide a family-centered care approach, allowing parents and infants to room together during hospitalization.

The 11th floor was funded by gifts from Laura Jo and Wayne Dugas, the Cal Turner Family Foundation and the James Stephen Turner Family Foundation; Scott and Sandi Borchetta and Big Machine Label Group; Robin and Richard Patton; The Christy-Houston Foundation, Inc.; Kim and Jeff Leeper; Twice Daily and other community partners. To support the building's expansion, Children’s Hospital launched the Growing to New Heights Campaign in 2014. The campaign was a $40 million philanthropic effort that exceeded its fundraising goal. The keystone of the campaign was a $10 million contribution from Kathryn Carell Brown, Julie Carell Stadler, Edie Carell Johnson and their families. They are the daughters of the hospital’s namesake, Monroe Carell Jr., and Ann Scott Carell.

To continue the growing support for children and families, Children’s Hospital will open a new advanced maternal-fetal clinic on the 9th floor.