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University of Mississippi Medical Center Children’s Hospital Master Plan

Feeling the constraints of their existing pediatric facilities, the University of Mississippi Medical Center called upon CDFL and Atlanta-based medical planning consultants Kurt Salmon to develop a new facility and master plan for Children’s Hospital. As a result of the master planning sessions, UMMC established five strategies to advance Children’s Hospital’s role within its multi-state region:

• Establish long-term vision for Children’s Hospital and the growth of its inpatient and outpatient programs

• Confirm clinical programmatic focus, emphasis, and growth of the correlated clinical spaces

• Establish a Master Plan for facilities renovations and expansions of all pediatric space in support of the Campus Master Plan

• Develop an expansion strategy for phased development process

• Reset the physical presence and patient experience of Children’s Hospital on campus

The master plan confirmed the facility’s need for an additional 450,000 square feet. In addition to the expansion, it was determined that the hospital was in need of a new surgical platform, inpatient beds, specialized PICUs, dedicated radiology unit, and related support spaces. Additionally, a new entry podium and bed tower were envisioned in order to receive patients and their families.

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robertRob Farr, Principal in Charge

By the Numbers


inpatient private beds


NICU open bay and private beds


PICU private beds


PCICU private beds




square ft of administrative and office space

Implementation Stragtegy:

Phase One

Elevator tower, lobby, family spaces, surgery suite, patient beds, imaging

Phase Two

Ambulatory pediatric clinic completion and occupancy

Renovation of clinical spaces for support

Phase Three

Women’s Hospital connection

NICU right sizing

Phase Four

Bed tower and expanded podium shell construction

Construction build-out (shell three future bed floors)

Phase Five

Renovate existing Children’s Hospital complex

Phase Six

Construct out remaining interior floors