NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center opened its doors for a sneak peek celebration Wednesday.
The event gave the community a first look inside the doors of the new 75,000 square-foot, three-story facility on the campus of Williamson Medical Center.
“It was important to open this building to the public and allow folks to come in, walk around, peek in rooms and get a behind-the-scenes look,” explained Williamson Medical Center COO Julie Miller in a release. “This is something we will not be able to offer once we officially open, so we hope everyone will come out for this sneak peek and enjoy the festivities as well.”
Williamson County’s own Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who have signed on to be honorary chairs of the hospital’s “Close to Home” giving campaign, kicked off Wednesday afternoon.
“Could there be anything more important than a children’s hospital? As far as hospitals go, that ought to be the first thing you build in a community, not the last thing,”Paisley, a father of two boys, said. “It’s wonderful this county is going to have its own place dedicated to making children well. I am so excited to be some small part of helping get that off the ground.”
Paisley said he and his wife have both been impressed with the care provided at Williamson Medical Center, both to their immediate family and friends, but the addition of children’s care to the mix was what made them want to get involved.
“You have to be careful as a celebrity what you associate with, because you can’t do everything that everybody asks, but this was a no-brainer for me and for Kim,” he said. “Of all the requests we get, this feels like something that really will impact not only us, but our children’s friends, our close friends who have children in this county… You have got to take care of the place where you live. That’s what we are trying to do is help this get off the ground as best we can.”
Williams-Paisley added that she is excited to have a children’s hospital in Williamson County because it will offer peace of mind for the growing number of families living in this area.
“A county like this should have a dedicated children’s hospital,” she said, adding, “And I think it’s time to put effort, energy and money into a project like this. Brad and I are parents; we know this is a valuable resource for every family who lives here. When we heard about this project, we immediately knew it was something we wanted to support.”
Wednesday’s festivities included food trucks, a kids’ DJ, face painting, photo booth and an official ribbon cutting.
The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center offers a dedicated pediatric emergency department and inpatient care specifically for the children of our community.
Staffed by board-certified Vanderbilt pediatric physicians and Williamson Medical Center clinical staff, the hospital will begin seeing children on July 1.