Beam Signing Marks Expansion Efforts

John Stein, BA’73 (left), and Dr. Jeff Balser, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, sign the beam with patient Dalton Waggoner.

John Stein, BA’73 (left), and Dr. Jeff Balser, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, sign the beam with patient Dalton Waggoner.

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt officially launched a $30 million expansion project April 7 with a beam-signing celebration. Friends, donors, patients and Medical Center leadership added their signatures to a 14-foot, bright yellow beam that will become part of the permanent structure for the 33-bed, 30,000-square-foot, first-phase addition. Construction will include a five-story addition to the hospital’s northwest corner. Also included will be a new third-floor surgical preoperative and recovery area, as well as added space for pediatric clinics.