Officials break ground on new Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center


Officials broke ground this week on the new Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Outpatient Center. The $40 million outpatient facility is phase one of plans for a new Children’s Hospital, among the nation’s most elite academic pediatric medical centers.

Elected officials, business leaders, and local entertainers participated in ground-breaking event, and donors to the “Believe” fund-raising campaign were recognized for the success of the campaign and the vision for a new Children’s Hospital which has now become reality.

University of Tennessee Head Football Coach Butch Jones also made a special appearance in honor of the occasion. Following the Woodmore Elementary school bus crash last November, Coach Jones brought UT linebacker Jalan Reeves-Mabin and running back Alvin Kamara to Children’s Hospital to visit with the children injured in the crash and their families. “Their visit made a huge impact on our patients, their families and our staff,” said Don Mueller, CEO of Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, explaining that “Coach Jones felt a close connection to us and wanted to come back as we celebrate this momentous occasion.”

When it opens, the 90,000 square feet, state-of-the-art facility will serve as the hub of pediatric healthcare for an entire 50,000 square mile service area.   The Erlanger Children’s Outpatient Center, located across the street from Children’s Hospital, will offer a vast array of services such as imaging, lab services, and pharmacy, as well as 21 pediatric specialty centers which include cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, urology, neurology, oncology, and orthopedics. The facility will host the region’s only certified pediatrics genetics counseling and centers for child psychology, physical therapy, hypertension and more. The new center will also include H.E.A.L. (Healthy Eating Active Lifestyle) Center to address pediatric obesity. All the clinical areas will be designed with children in mind to help relieve anxiety when visiting doctors, and aim to meet the complex needs of families and physicians. Each floor will have a theme and include interactive discovery centers to engage children and distract them from their injuries and illnesses.

“We believe this addition to the Erlanger system will be the most important new building in the City of Chattanooga with far-reaching impact, from pediatric treatment, medical education and technology, to research and economic development,” said Erlanger President and CEO Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE.  “The center will ensure the highest level of care and services for more than a million children in a five-state area and employ more than 250 people.”

“After more than 40 years, we have outgrown our existing footprint at Children’s Hospital,” said Mueller. “This new investment in our community, funded predominantly through private donations, represents a huge economic impact to our city.  The new treatment center will also serve as the gateway to a Wellness and Innovation District and spark the continued transformation of E. Third Street.”

Watch the groundbreaking video and see photos from the event at this link.

 Click here to watch real time construction progress of the new center.

 View this video on the construction project.

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