Franklin, TN Medical Centers Expand
PHOTO CREDIT: Wendy Jo O'Barr
The medical community in Williamson County is in good shape and getting even better, thanks to three major construction expansion projects. Here is some background:
Williamson Medical Center
The 185-bed hospital that opened in 1958 has embarked upon construction of a pair of three-story medical facilities at its Franklin campus. One of the buildings will feature expanded women's services, surgical suites, laboratories and a physical therapy center, while the other will house a Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center, complete with 12 pediatric beds and a pediatric emergency department. Both projects are scheduled for completion in late 2015 or early 2016.
“Our leadership team continually looks for ways to expand to meet the growing needs of the communities we serve,” says Donald Webb, CEO of Williamson Medical Center.
Today, more than 1,400 employees at WMC manage 10,000 inpatient visits and 35,000 emergency visits each year, and physicians perform about 7,000 surgeries annually.
Vanderbilt in Williamson County
Throughout Williamson County, Vanderbilt University Medical Center oversees 16 individual facilities that include Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Cool Springs and Vanderbilt Eye Institute. University officials decided to move most of the 16 facilities to one location, so in 2011 a 22-acre tract of land was purchased at the intersection of McEwen Drive and Carothers Parkway to construct an $82 million, multi-floor medical center.
“This will become a central campus for our many Williamson County practices, and all of the services at the new campus will be dedicated solely to outpatient care,” says John Howser, Vanderbilt University Medical Center assistant vice chancellor for news and communications.
The construction timeline for the new building is still being developed.
Also serving residents of Williamson County are Saint Thomas Health and TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center. Saint Thomas Heart maintains a cardiac center at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, while Saint Thomas Outpatient Rehabilitation clinic on International Drive in Cool Springs provides wellness care and outpatient rehabilitation services.
TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, based in south Nashville since 1979, serves many residents of northern Williamson County. Its services include vascular surgery, orthopedics, oncology, a sleep center, and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. A YMCA is also on the Southern Hills campus.