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.