No more long drives to Nashville for urgent pediatric care! In just a couple of months, the new 37,500-square-foot Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt will open on Garrison Drive in Murfreesboro. This new facility expands the pediatric specialty care, outpatient surgery and imaging services to children in Rutherford and surrounding counties.

The Children’s Hospital seeks to meet the need for inpatient and outpatient care of the surrounding counties. The single-story facility will feature 22 multi-specialty clinic rooms, after-hours/urgent care services, a suite of operating rooms, imaging capabilities such as MRI and X-ray, audiology booths for hearing tests and procedural areas. Pediatric specialties that will be on site include gastroenterology, general surgery, orthopaedics, otolaryngology and audiology, and urology.

“This new facility will allow us to expand our services to include ambulatory surgical cases and procedures as well as sedated imaging studies,” says Meg Rush, M.D., executive medical director and chief of staff of Children’s Hospital. “We are thrilled to be able to support the children of Rutherford and surrounding counties with services closer to home. This project is a natural extension of our existing services in this community,” Rush adds.

The Vanderbilt Children’s After-Hours and Pediatric Specialty Clinic location in Murfreesboro will also relocate to the new Garrison Drive space once it’s complete. Learn more at childrenshospitalvanderbilt.org.

Photo: An architect’s rendering of the exterior of the new Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital facility in Murfreesboro.