Officials at East Tennessee Children's Hospital announced plans for a $75 million dollar expansion on Tuesday.

They showed off renderings and 3-D models of the new facility which officials expect to start construction on later this year.

Many hospital patients are excited about the new building which will make the surgery process for families easier. The new building will allow surgery patients to park and receive all their care in the same building.

The five-story building will be built at the corner of White Avenue and 21st Street, across the street from the current hospital, and will offer 245,000 square feet of new space. It will include a new 44-bed, private room Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a new perioperative surgery center, two levels of parking and enhanced family areas, such as roof-top gardens.

They hope to break ground on the project this summer, and it will take around two years to complete. In addition to the new construction, some facilities in the existing hospital will be upgraded. However, officials said all services will still be available.

According to a press release, the hospital plans to pay for the majority of the $75 million dollar project with internal funds. More than $9 million has been raised from private donors.

Children's Hospital will look to the community for help raising approximately $6 million more. For more information call the Children's Hospital Development office at (865) 525-GIVE or visit the Children's Hospital website at www.etch.com/expansion

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