Children’s hospital sneak peek celebration to be held June 24

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June 11, 2015                                                                               615.435.5357                      

Close to Home fundraising campaign to launch with special appearance by Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — After years of planning, months of construction, multiple design and architecture announcements, a groundbreaking ceremony and a topping out party, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center is ready to open its doors to the families of this and surrounding communities — but not without first throwing a big party to celebrate!

The sneak peek celebration, which will give the community the very first look inside the doors of the new children’s hospital and a chance to see the amazing architecture as well as the local art program, will be held June 24 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the entrance to the children’s hospital on the Williamson Medical Center campus. Although the children’s hospital front doors will be ceremoniously opened and attendees of the celebration will be able to tour the facility, the children’s hospital won’t officially open to the public until July 1.

“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,” said WMC COO Julie Miller. “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.”

Kicking off the afternoon of celebration will be Williamson County’s own Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who have signed on to be honorary chairs of the children’s hospital’s Close to Home giving campaign.

“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,” said Paisley, who is the father of two boys. “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 WMC 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. “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.”

The day’s festivities will include food trucks, a touch-a-truck area, kids’ DJ, face painting, photo booth, hot air balloon launch (weather permitting), an official ribbon cutting by the children of our community and tours of the facility.

 

 

ABOUT MONROE CARELL JR. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL VANDERBILT AT WILLIAMSON MEDICAL CENTER

            Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center is a 75,000 square-foot, three-story facility on the campus of Williamson Medical Center that 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 and will continue to focus on providing unparalleled care to the children of this and surrounding communities.

 

ABOUT WILLIAMSON MEDICAL CENTER     

Williamson Medical Center, a 185-bed hospital fully accredited by The Joint Commission, provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care including emergency services, with credentialed physicians in 53 specialties and sub-specialties. The community-focused hospital offers a wide range of wellness services, screenings and classes and on July 1 of 2015 will open the doors to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center. For more information visit www.williamsonmedicalcenter.org.

 

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