December 5, 2003

New Children’s Hospital to hold ribbon cutting Saturday

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Dr. Jeffrey R. Balser

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt will be held 11:45 a.m. Saturday in front of the new hospital at 24th Avenue and Childrens Way.

Expected to attend the event, which is open to the Vanderbilt community, are Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell and Congressman Jim Cooper, as well as Congress Rep. Marsha Blackburn, chair of the Board of Trust Martha Ingram and the new facility’s namesake, Monroe Carell Jr.

Tours of the $172-million, 660,000 square-foot facility will begin at 11 a.m., with the ceremony to follow.

Ground was broken for the new hospital in May 2000. The first patients are scheduled to be moved over on Jan. 9, 2004.