Williamson Medical Center celebrated the start of its largest-ever facility expansion Monday with a groundbreaking ceremony that drew more than 100 community leaders.
Those in attendance included Brentwood philanthropist Cal Turner Jr., Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson, State Senator Jack Johnson, State Representative Sam Whitson, Franklin businessman and famous stock car driver Darrell Waltrip, and Franklin resident and country music superstar Luke Bryan. .
The hospital expansion will be done in two phases and will include the expansion of the emergency department with the addition of 21 beds, the expansion of the obstetrics department with six new beds, an additional cesarean room, improvements to the neonatal intensive care unit and additions to the hospital’s behavioral health unit.
The hospital will also see the addition of three newsstands to a current three-story tower.
“In this tower we will house a new observation unit with 22 beds, 35 intensive care and emergency beds. Today we have 20, we will increase to 35 and 72 medical-surgical beds in the tower said WMC CEO Phil Mazzuca, adding that the new rooms will be approximately 50% larger than current rooms, and the tower will also have a dedicated cardiac center and a new electrophysiology suite.
The second phase of the project will include renovations to the existing facilities.
The $200 million project is expected to see primary construction begin this month and is expected to be completed in 2024.
“Our goal was to improve the comfort, safety and privacy of our patients and their loved ones in beautiful surroundings, as well as expand our service capabilities,” Mazzuca added.
In addition to community leaders, the crowd heard from a former WMC patient, Isaiah Whalum, who spent 53 days in WMC’s COVID-19 unit in 2020.
“It’s so amazing to be here,” Whalum said. “Not only by the grace of God, but thanks to the wonderful staff here at Williamson Medical Center and the loving care they gave me during my recovery.”
“Two years later, I’m still here, and if not for Williamson Medical Center, I can definitely tell you the outcome would have been different,” Whalum continued. “So congratulations on this growth, keep pushing, keep striving for the passion that makes this community better.”
The WMC Foundation is leading a capital campaign that will raise $150 million in bond financing to fund the project that marks the medical facility’s largest expansion in its more than 60-year history.
The WMC Foundation has also enlisted the help of Caroline and Luke Bryan in fundraising efforts. Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group signed on Monday to be the initiative’s first corporate sponsor.