Under One Roof
New Children’s Medical Center planned
by Stephanie Gross
Sydney Rice (left), medical director of the Kluge Children’s
Rehabilitation Center, reads to patient Roberta Dove
at the KCRC.
part of its Health System master
plan, the University will build a $47 million Children’s
Medical Center atthe corner of West Main Street and
Jefferson Park Avenue, where the Blake Center is currently located. R. Edward
Howell, vicepresident and chief executive officer of the Medical
Center, and University Architect David J. Neuman unveiled the
plan at a community briefing June 15.
new building will consolidate the center’s outpatient
and rehabilitation services under one roof. Inpatient services
will continue to be provided on the seventh floor of the University Hospital, which
will be connected to the center by a covered walkway.
the construction start date is dependent on fundraising
efforts now under way, groundbreaking for the 160,000-square-foot
is expected to occur in four or five years.
new building will consolidate several existing services — including
Children’s Rehabilitation Center located on Route 250 West — that
have been offered from various locations around Charlottesville. A short-stay
unit for overnight observation, a post-operation observation unit, a pediatric
cancer infusion center and outpatient clinics for children with autism, cerebral
palsy and diabetes will also find a home in the new facility.
is difficult for parents with children who have special health
needs, because [now] they have to go so many different places [to
receive care],” said Dr. Robert L. Chevalier, Benjamin Armistead Shepherd
Professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics.
The Children’s Medical Center sees about 60,000 outpatients and between
3,000 to 4,000 admitted patients a year, Chevalier said.
About 95 percent of CMC patients are from Virginia.
Medical Center has already committed about $10 million to the
Children’s Medical Center building project, leaving $37
million to be raised through private donations. Architects
Stanley Beaman &
Sears of Atlanta have been hired to design the four-story center, which Chevalier
said will be a “showplace,” citing their work in Chicago, Atlanta
and Augusta, Ga.
MASTER PLAN FOR THE HEALTH SYSTEM
members got a preview of the U.Va. Health System’s new
architectural master plan at a briefing June 15. In addition
to the creation of a new Children’s Medical Center building
in the vicinity of the Corner district, the plan also includes
the construction of the following new facilities:
Laboratory. The University is now navigating the City of Charlottesville’s
permit process — a necessary step to building a General
Clinical Research Center Core Laboratory, which will test human
samples such as blood and urine, at the corner of West Main
and 11th streets. In April, the Board of Visitors approved
the design for the lab, which is currently located on the second
floor of the Medical Center and needs to be moved to accommodate
hospital expansion. The new 12,000-square-foot lab will replace
some existing buildings, while preserving Preston House, a
historic landmark on West Main Street that currently houses
Center. A 130,000-square-foot Cancer Center, estimated to cost
between $65 million and $70 million, is being planned. The
center will offer many services the hospital offers now, such
as radiation, oncology and the breast center, but the services
will be concentrated in one place, with new equipment.
Garages. The existing West Parking Garage will be demolished
to make room for the Cancer Center. The 331 spaces lost to
the demolition will be replaced by a new 1,200-space North
Parking Garage planned for the parking lot behind the Blake
is scheduled for early summer 2005.
Street. Preliminary plans are under discussion for a possible
new street along the Norfolk and Western Railroad tracks from either Shamrock
or Maywood streets up to Crispell Drive to relieve traffic pressure on Jefferson
Park Avenue. Funding for the extension
road is included in a $51 million request for federal transportation money
to fund, among other things, a parking garage for the South Lawn Project. The
transportation reauthorization bill is currently being debated in a House/Senate