Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

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Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
LocationNashville and surrounding Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, United States
Coordinates36°08′21″N 86°48′09″W / 36.1393°N 86.8025°W / 36.1393; -86.8025Coordinates: 36°08′21″N 86°48′09″W / 36.1393°N 86.8025°W / 36.1393; -86.8025
Hospital typeNon-Profit Children's
Affiliated universityVanderbilt University
Emergency departmentLevel I Regional Pediatric Trauma Center
ListsHospitals in Tennessee

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, also known as Vanderbilt Children's Hospital (VCH), is a non-profit 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]


Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital opened on February 8, 2004. Receiving over 375,000 pediatric cases per year, with 15,000 inpatients and 357,000+ treated in the emergency and outpatient departments, the not-for-profit hospital provides pediatric health care regardless of ability to pay.

VCH is equipped with 267 licensed beds devoted to acute care, pediatric critical care, and neonatal intensive care.[3]

More than 48,626 patients visited the hospital in fiscal year 2015, and more than 269,449 patients were cared for in outpatient clinics.[4] Although the majority of patients were from Davidson County, more than 10% of patients seen were from outside of Tennessee.[5]


Vanderbilt Children's Hospital began in 1923, with the establishment of the Junior League Home for Crippled Children. The Children's Regional Medical Center within Vanderbilt University Medical Center was founded in 1971.[6]

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.[7]

In 1980, construction on the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital facility was completed, and the patients from both the Children's Hospital and the Junior League Home for Crippled Children moved into 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 efforts to support the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Monroe J. Carell, Jr., former CEO of Central Parking Corporation, lead in the raising of $79 million in funds for the construction of a new stand-alone facility, including $20 million from his family's personal donations.

In 2004, the 616,785-square-foot (57,301.2 m2) Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University opened 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][8]

In 2007, Providence House published More Than a Place: The Origins of a Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt by Lisa A. DuBois.[9] More Than a Place traces the development of the children's hospital from its genesis as the Junior League Home for Crippled Children to its establishment as a premiere children's hospital, detailing how the hospital's advocates battled racism, religious differences, politicians, academics, lawsuits, and hospital administration in addition to disease and pain to ensure that children in middle Tennessee were served by a medical facility dedicated to them.

Research and innovations[edit]

  • In 1961, Dr. Mildred Stahlman pioneered the first newborn intensive care unit (NICU) in the country to use monitored respiratory therapy on infants with damaged lungs.[10] On Oct. 31, 1961, a baby girl was born at Vanderbilt hospital two months prematurely and gasping for breath. With the permission of her parents, Martha H. Lott was placed into the negative-pressure breathing machine Dr. Stahlman modified from an infant "iron-lung" machine to keep her sufficiently ventilated until her lungs could develop for her to breathe on her own. Today, Ms. Lott fights on behalf of newborns with similar stories to her own as a nurse in the VCH NICU.
  • In 1972, with funding from a Regional Medical Program (RMP) grant, Vanderbilt initiated its Pediatric and Neonatal Transport (originally called 'Angel Transport') service. The first mobile neonatal and pediatric critical care transport of its kind, its Pediatric Transport Team consists of a neonatal nurse practitioner, a neonatal respiratory therapist, a neonatal registered nurse, an emergency medical technician, and a driver able to double as an assistant. The transport vehicles are equipped with ventilators and monitoring equipment including a blood gas analyzer that enable it to serve the large referral areas of Tennessee, Southern and Western Kentucky, and North Alabama. 2014 marked the 40th anniversary of the program at Vanderbilt.
  • By 2006, Children's Hospital ranked 6th in the nation for NIH research funding, with grants issued to researchers from the Department of Pediatrics totaling $20.238 million.[11]
  • In November 2016, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Washington University School of Medicine isolated a human monoclonal antibody that in a mouse model “markedly reduced” infection by the Zika virus.[12] The antibody, called ZIKV-117, was able to inhibit infection by strains from both Africa and America in cell culture and in animals, including during pregnancy. These naturally occurring human antibodies isolated from humans represent the first medical intervention that prevents Zika infection and damage to fetuses.

Awards & rankings[edit]

  • Magnet status, awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Named a Leapfrog Top Hospital for 2016[13]
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredits Children's Hospital. JCAHO accreditation is a nationwide seal of approval that indicates a hospital meets high performance standards, requiring on-site surveys by a JCAHO team at least every three years.[14]

U.S. News & World Report (2016-2017)[edit]

  • 4 in Pediatric Urology[1]
  • 19 in Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery[1]
  • 31 in Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology[1]
  • 22 in Pediatric Gastroenterology & GI Surgery[1]
  • 26 in Pediatric Neonatology[1]
  • 30 in Pediatric Nephrology[1]
  • 12 in Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery[1]
  • 14 in Pediatric Orthopedics[1]
  • 17 in Pediatric Pulmonology[1]

Expansion efforts[edit]

In September 2016, Children's Hospital began construction on a 160,000-square-foot four-floor expansion for a projected cost of $100 million. The facility's expansion was supported by a fundraising effort led by Kathryn Carell Brown.[15] The first two floors to be completed will provide approximately 80,000 square feet of new patient care space and will include 76 critical and acute care beds for newborns and pediatric patients. The new space will also include family areas, a playroom, a large waiting room, educational space and patient consultation rooms.[15]

The hospital originally underwent a 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) expansion with a $30 million price tag in May 2012.[16] The five-story addition added 33 beds, as well as additional treatment areas.[16]



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  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 the Children's Hospital: About Us". Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Patient Volumes | Vanderbilt Children's Nashville, TN". Patient Volumes. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Fact Sheet". Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Archived from the original on 29 July 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Guide to Children Hospital: Our Mission and History". Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  7. ^ DuBois, Lisa A. (2007). More Than a Place: The Origins of a Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Providence House Publishers. ISBN 978-1577363873.
  8. ^ Humphrey, Nancy (6/03/2010). "Children's Hospital set for major expansion". Vanderbilt Reporter. Retrieved 11 June 2010. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ Dubois, Lisa (2007). More Than a Place: The Origins of a Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. ISBN 978-1577363873.
  10. ^ Snyder, Bill. "Intensive caring: Stahlman has always demanded excellence from herself, others". Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reporter. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Ranks Sixth in Nation for NIH Research Funding". Vanderbilt News. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Early Study Finds Antibody That 'Neutralizes' Zika Virus". Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Top Hospitals". The Leapfrog Group. 2016-01-21. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Joint Commission: Accreditation, Health Care, Certification". JCAHO. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  15. ^ a b Echegaray, Christina. "Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt begins construction on four-floor expansion". VUMC Reporter. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  16. ^ a b Sanchez, Christina (2011-02-24). "Construction on Children's Hospital expansion begins". Vanderbilt Reporter. Retrieved 25 February 2011.

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