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Children’s of Mississippi Expansion and Addition

Batson Children’s Hospital averages 9,000 admissions annually, with patients coming from all 82 counties in Mississippi and around the country to receive medical care for everything from childhood illnesses to life-threatening trauma cases.

The new seven-story, 340,000-square-foot tower is being built adjacent to Batson Children’s Hospital. The structure will house a neonatal intensive care unit with private rooms, pediatric intensive care unit with private rooms, surgical suites, and an imaging center designed for children. The Children’s Heart Center, representing UMMC’s pediatric cardiovascular program, will also call the new building home.

Additionally, the hospital provides care in more than 30 specialty areas, including newborn medicine, pediatric cardiology, neurology, and surgery. It houses the state’s only pediatric intensive care unit and emergency department along with Mississippi’s only pediatric treatment programs for cancer, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, and congenital heart defects.

The new tower and its components will accommodate 30-40 percent more outpatient treatments, 40 percent more surgeries, and double the access to imaging services.

CDFL is the associate architect with HDR Dallas.

+ is a dynamic team working together

rob_farrRob Farr, Principal in Charge
rob_ashleyRob Ashley, Project Manager
newell_watkinsNewell Watkins, Senior Project Architect
katie_jo_chaneKatie Jo Chane, Interior Designer
ben_fultonBen Fulton, Mechanical Engineer
jesse_browningJesse Browning, Electrical Engineer
al_ruckerAl Rucker, Plumbing Designer

by the numbers


number of stories


square foot tower


private NICU rooms


private PICU rooms


cardiology clinic (including 48 specialized exam, echo, treatment and PFT rooms


exam rooms (with room for 42 more)


MRIs (with room for 1 more)


large operation rooms


small operating rooms

Video Testimonial

“This new hospital tower will be transformational for the children of Mississippi. This is what the children of Mississippi need and what the children of Mississippi deserve.”

– Dr. Mary Taylor, Professor and Chair of UMMC’s Department of Pediatrics