East Tennessee Children's Hospital plans expansion

East Tennessee Children's Hospital plans multi-million dollar expansion

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An artist's rendition of the hospital expansion from the main entry (source: Children's Hospital) An artist's rendition of the hospital expansion from the main entry (source: Children's Hospital)
An artist's rendition of the hospital expansion from White Avenue. (source: Children's Hospital) An artist's rendition of the hospital expansion from White Avenue. (source: Children's Hospital)
An artist's rendition of the hospital expansion from Cumberland Avenue. (source: Children's Hospital) An artist's rendition of the hospital expansion from Cumberland Avenue. (source: Children's Hospital)
The hospital expects to break ground in the summer, with work lasting for around two years. The hospital expects to break ground in the summer, with work lasting for around two years.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter  

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville is launching a $75 million expansion campaign.

The plans include a new five-story building encompassing nearly 250,000 square feet of hospital space.

It includes a neonatal intensive care unit that will be private and contain 44 beds, along with more parking and family areas.

President and CEO Keith Goodwin helped unveil the first drawings of the new facility Tuesday morning.

"It will enhance in a very dramatic way our ability to work with families," said Goodwin.

One way it's doing that is putting all stops for those families under one roof from parking to a state of the art surgery center.

Sabrina Copas understands the toll these hospital visits can take. Doctors discovered her son Luke's skull had prematurely fused in 2001. That began a series of visits to Children's.

"We had to go to several different places," said Copas. "It wasn't just one building or one place coming up and at a stressful time when their children are coming for surgeries and things like that it will make a big difference in their lives."

The hospital expects to break ground in the summer, with work lasting for around two years.

The building site will be at the corner of White Avenue and 21st Street in the Fort Sanders neighborhood.

The hospital will remain open during the construction will all services offered.

Internal funding will cover the majority of the cost.

The hospital says that more than $9 million has already been raised from private donors. The hospital is looking to the community for an addition $6 million.

If you would like to help you can call (865) 525-GIVE or go to http://www.etch.com/expansion.

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