UT, Med partner in new women's-infants' hospital

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The medical college of the University of Tennessee is planning to build a women's and infants' hospital, in conjunction with the Regional Medical Center.

The new hospital will be build adjacent to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital on the campus of the UT Health Science Center in Memphis.

The Commercial Appeal reported medical school Executive Vice Chancellor Kennard Brown said the university's strategy is to build a world-class facility that will attract expectant mothers from across the region to the Memphis Medical Center area near downtown.

Brown said Shelby County's infant death rate of 9.6 per 1,000 is an improvement on earlier statistics, but still matches that of some third-world countries.

The new hospital is expected to cost $200 million with UT providing the land.

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