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Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt


Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
200 Children's Way
Suite 2501
Nashville, TN  37232
      
   
The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is one of the nation's leading children's hospitals. We treat and help prevent all health issues ranging from colds and broken bones to heart disease and cancer.

The world-class facilities at Children's Hospital are a testament to our community's dedication to the health of children. Constructed in 2004 and expanded in 2012, our 271-bed hospital is a child-friendly place built on the science of healing. The Children's Hospital and its 19 specialty services, including the level IV neonatal intensive care unit and a dedicated pediatric emergency department, are the only programs of their kind in middle Tennessee.

Many of our doctors and surgeons are nationally recognized researchers who are finding new ways to cure and prevent childhood diseases. Their work preventing and treating premature birth, cancer, heart disease, spina bifida, and many other conditions is an investment in the future. We are at an important crossroads in child health. Our commitment to research and advocacy positions us to bring the promise of good health to children and families in our community and to share that hope with the world.

Because the Department of Pastoral Care is very integrated in the hospital, CPE residents and interns are afforded the opportunity to become part of the interdisciplinary teams of healthcare professionals caring for children. The hospital has a robust Bereavement Program in which students and residents will also be involved.

An increasingly diverse population, particularly patients from Hispanic and Middle Eastern backgrounds, requires the hospital to consider a number of new multicultural issues, including a multiplicity of spiritual needs. CPE students can learn and do ministry with all ages and with those from many faith groups and cultures. Students are exposed to the wide range of opportunities provided by a patient care research-focused institution with the accompanying resources of libraries, divinity and medical schools, and other health disciplines as well as numerous religious communities. CPE students provide care alongside the pastoral care staff and community clergy.

The pastoral care staff members represent a variety of denominations. The current staff includes the co-director, a part-time office assistant, CPE Resident, Summer and Extended Unit Interns, as well as divinity students who serve as Chaplain Interns through the Field Education and Work Study Programs.