Memorial Children's Hospital to open in 2017

Beacon Health System broke ground on the new home for Memorial Children's Hospital on Thursday. It is expected to open in 2017.

Beacon is investing $50 million in the project.

The new hospital will include neonatology, pediatric hematology/oncology, pulmonology, infectious disease, sleep medicine, behavioral and developmental pediatrics, cardiology, neurology, clinical psychology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, and pediatrics hospitalists and intensivists.

Donors contributed $10 million to the project.

The 100,000 square-foot expansion will include the nation's first couplet care rooms, which allow mothers and babies to stay together as early as 22-weeks gestation, according to Beacon.

Groundbreaking was held September 17.

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