East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on August 19, marking the start of construction for a major expansion on its Knoxville campus. Community leaders, hospital staff, and young pediatric patients and their families gathered to celebrate the occasion on the site of the planned five-story building.
“It will provide a lot better space for families and a lot better opportunity for us to take good care of their kids,” said hospital CEO Keith Goodwin. “We have to give [our medical staff] the kind of environment that allows them to do their best work.”
The $75 million project will include a 44-bed private room Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a new perioperative surgery center. Pedestrian bridges will join the building to the hospital’s main campus across the street.
Shepley Bulfinch is the design architect for the project, in association with BarberMcMurry Architects of Knoxville.
The expansion project is targeting completion in late 2016. Renovations to the existing building will begin once the new facility is operational.