December 16, 2005

Year in review 2005: New clinics, relocations topped facilities news

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John Morris, M.D., director of the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, with Joseph Ross, M.D., associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs, emeritus, at the June event celebrating LifeFlight’s 20 years of service. In November, LifeFlight’s service was enhanced with the opening of a new helipad atop the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
photo by Dana Johnson

Heart and Vascular Institute

In November, the Vanderbilt Page-Campbell Heart Institute, the Department of Cardiac Surgery and the Vascular Center united to form a comprehensive facility known as the Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute.

The concept, a combination of inpatient and outpatient services, has been “under construction” for several years. The three specialties are now housed on the fifth floor of Medical Center East, South Tower to create the long awaited vision of a 'virtual hospital' within a hospital.

Regional Burn Center

VUMC's Regional Burn Center moved into its new $3.7 million home on the 11th floor of VUH in November. Expansion and relocation of the 22-year-old center, formerly housed in the round wing of Medical Center North, increased capacity from 20 to 29 inpatient beds while adding private rooms for all patients, state-of-the-art bedside computer telemetry for monitoring of vital signs and a new on-site Burn Clinic. It also places the service closer to the Trauma Center.

Emergency Department

VUMC debuted its sparkling new, state-of-the-art Emergency Department in the spring. The new facility provides more patient and family privacy and almost doubles the space.

The number of exam and treatment rooms rose from 27 to 46. The new area includes four trauma bays (equipped with operating room-quality lighting and medical gasses that drop from the ceiling), a family grief room, 16 acute care rooms, a second CT scanner, a classroom, a private registration area and an EMS workroom.

The former ED was remodeled and is now being used for “fast track” patients, 23-hour observation, chest pain, stroke patients and ob/gyn patients.

Vanderbilt-Eskind Diabetes Clinic

Diabetes care at VUMC entered a new era in July with the opening of the Vanderbilt-Eskind Diabetes Clinic on the eighth floor of Medical Center East. The clinic offers comprehensive outpatient care for both adults and children with diabetes, including subspecialty visits, social work, nutrition and allied health services.

Orthopaedic Institute

In April, the new Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute (VOI) opened its doors in its new Medical Center East South Tower location. The move brought together all of the Orthopaedic clinics. Previously spread out all over the Medical Center campus, the Hand Center, Sports Medicine Center, Spine Center, Oncology, Total Joint Replacement, Orthopaedic Trauma, Adult Physical and Occupational Therapy fill the 90,000 square foot location, along with a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Nursing Informatics Center

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing celebrated the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art Frist Nursing Informatics Center in January. The new Informatics Center is home to an electronic classroom and testing lab, computer rooms, and classrooms housing some of the latest in instructional technology.

Doctors' Office Tower

In October, The Doctors' Office Tower (DOT) at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt opened new clinics and faculty offices on floors eight, nine and 11, completing the second phase of the building's construction.

Last year, the fourth, fifth and sixth floors opened in the DOT. The DOT sits atop the third floor of Children's Hospital and is adjacent to the South Garage.