Williamson Medical Center will not renew children’s hospital partnership with Vanderbilt

The partnership is slated to end next year, which will allow Williamson County to search for new pediatric care options. (Community Impact staff)
The partnership is slated to end next year, which will allow Williamson County to search for new pediatric care options. (Community Impact staff)

The partnership is slated to end next year, which will allow Williamson County to search for new pediatric care options. (Community Impact staff)

Officials with Williamson Medical Center announced Oct. 23 that the hospital will not renew its partnership with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt.

The partnership was established in 2013, when the medical center partnered with Vanderbilt to construct a hospital on the WMC campus, according to WMC. On Oct. 22, WMC’s board of trustees made the decision to forgo renewing that contract with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which will expire July 15, 2021.

“Our community has grown and changed significantly since we opened the children’s hospital in 2015,” WMC CEO Donald Webb said in a release. “Our agreement with Vanderbilt stipulated automatic renewals on an annual basis. In order for us to proactively identify and review options that ensure we are best serving the growing pediatric care needs of our community—whether that be independently, continuing with Vanderbilt or with another partner—we had to formally inform VUMC of our intent to dissolve the existing agreement.”

Officials with VUMC released a statement in response to the announcement.

“Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has been serving as a unique resource for children and families of Tennessee and surrounding states for decades. These needs are only more apparent given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on families in our region. Now more than ever, we are committed to continuing to provide children and families of Williamson and surrounding counties with incomparable expertise and personalized care as we grow these services to meet the needs of the region.”

According to WMC, forgoing the contract renewal allows the medical center to “contractually explore all options” to provide pediatric care for Williamson County in the future.

A release from WMC stated officials are working to plan for how pediatric care will resume after that date, and WMC is expected to share those plans in the near future.

Editor's note: This story has been update to include a response from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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