Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

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Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Location Nashville and surrounding Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, United States
Hospital type Children's general
Affiliated university Vanderbilt University
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Beds 271
Founded 1970
Lists Hospitals in Tennessee

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, also known as Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, is a children's hospital affiliated with Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The hospital was ranked among the best children's hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.[1][2]


In 1970, Vanderbilt Medical School faculty member and future chair of Pediatrics David T. Karzon, M.D. had a vision to create an entire hospital that would serve the healthcare needs of children and pioneer significant change in the area of pediatrics. Karzon pushed the idea of a "hospital within a hospital" for children and established various centers within the main hospital that specialized in children’s services. In 1971, this “hospital within a hospital" was manifest as the new Children's Regional Medical Center within Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  [3]

In the fall of 1971, Frances Keltner Hardcastle led a group of dedicated women and  community leaders of the Junior League of Nashville, who had created and sustained the Junior League Home for Crippled Children, to form the Friends of the Children’s Hospital (established in 1972) to support the Children's Regional Medical Center and to raise funding and public awareness for a fully distinct Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. [4] 

In 1980, the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital facility was completed, and all patients residing in the Children’s Hospital and all of the patients in the Junior League Home for Crippled Children were housed in a single medical facility dedicated to children’s medicine.   

During the 1980s and 90s, the Friends of the Children’s Hospital continued community outreach and development to support the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University.   Under the leadership of Monroe J. Carell, Jr., former CEO of Central Parking Corporation, $79 million was raised for the construction of a new stand-alone facility, including $20 million from his family's personal donations.[4][5]

In 2004, the 616,785-square-foot (57,301.2 m2) Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University opened an with 238 inpatient beds, 16 operating rooms, 36 intensive care unit beds, and space for 104 premature infants in the neonatal intensive-care unit.[5][6]

In addition to the support of the Friends of the Children’s Hospital, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is supported by the Vanderbilt Tri Delta and the Nashville alumnae chapter of Tri Delta. Together they have donated over $3 million to The Tri Delta Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic, a highly specialized medical facility offering comprehensive treatment to children with cancer and blood diseases.[7]

In 2007, Providence House published More Than a Place: The Origins of a Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt by Lisa A. DuBois.

Angel transport[edit]

In 1972, with funding from a Regional Medical Program (MRP) grant, a program was initiated at Vanderbilt to provide perinatal consultation, perinatal education programs and to establish a neonatal transport service to its referral area. During the first year in operation, Angel I transport team served 295 patients from the referral area. The standard transport team consisted of a neonatologist, a neonatal registered nurse, and a driver who could also serve as an assistant to the team. The transport vehicle was equipped with ventilators and monitoring equipment including a blood gas analyzer. Many of the referring hospitals at the time were unable to measure ABG's using microsampling techniques. Initially, there was not a charge to the patient for the transport service. 2009 marked the 35th anniversary of the neonatal transport program at Vanderbilt. Currently the Angel Transport team consists of a neonatal nurse practitioner, a neonatal respiratory therapist, a neonatal registered nurse and an emergency medical technician.

2009 statistics[edit]

More than 48,626 patients visited the hospital in fiscal year 2009, and more than 171,286 patients were cared for in outpatient clinics.[8] Although the majority of patients were from Davidson County, more than 10% of patients seen were from outside of Tennessee.[5]


U.S. News & World Report (2011-2012)[edit]

  • 5 in pediatric urology[1]
  • 11 in pediatric neonatology[1]
  • 20 in pediatric heart & heart surgery[1]
  • 22 in pediatric gastroenterology[1]
  • 25 in pediatric diabetes and endocrinology[1]
  • 29 in pediatric orthopedics[1]


The hospital is set to undergo a 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) expansion with a price tag of $30 million.[9] The 5 story addition will add 33 beds to the hospital as well as space for special treatment facilities.[10] An additional $20 million will go toward enhancing research, recruiting experts and expanding care.[11] Subsequent phases of expansion are planned, including a 340,000-square-foot (32,000 m2) annex that was part of expansion plans from 2008 that were delayed due to economic concerns. The total cost for all expansion plans is estimated to be about $250 million.[10]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville". U.S.News & World Report. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Hast, Leslie (6/10/2010). "Children's Hospital ranked among nation's elite care providers". Vanderbilt Reporter. Retrieved 11 June 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Guide to Children Hospital: Our Mission and History". Retrieved August 30, 2016. 
  4. ^ DuBois, Lisa A. (2007). More Than a Place: The Origins of a Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Providence House Publishers. ISBN 1577363876. 
  5. ^ a b "Fact Sheet". Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Humphrey, Nancy (6/03/2010). "Children's Hospital set for major expansion". Vanderbilt Reporter. Retrieved 11 June 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Gamma Chapter, Delta Delta Delta. "Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital". Vanderbilt Tri Delta. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "About Us". Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  9. ^ Sanchez, Christina (2011-2-24). "Construction on Children's Hospital expansion begins". Vanderbilt Reporter. Retrieved 25 February 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. ^ a b Sanchez, Christina E. (May 28, 2010). "Children's hospital expansion to resume". The Tennessean. Retrieved 11 June 2010. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Vanderbilt Children's Hospital plans to expand". May 27, 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 

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