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Le Bonheur demolition will help hospital grow

There's demolition at Le Bonheur, but the destructive process is being used to create an improved children's hospital. There's demolition at Le Bonheur, but the destructive process is being used to create an improved children's hospital.

(WMC-TV) – There's demolition at Le Bonheur, but the destructive process is being used to create an improved children's hospital.

Progress wasn't pretty Tuesday morning in Memphis' Medical District.

"(We're demolishing) the old building so that we will be able to put in the new entrance, the new boulevard drive and open up the main lobby to the hospital in the fall," said Dave Rosenbaum, of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

The new 12 story, 255 bed hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology opened for business in December 2010.

Parts of the old hospital were also renovated, creating more than 270,000 square feet for research and education.

But the patient entrance to the old emergency department on Adams Street will soon be gone which will allow the newer, and administrators say better, hospital to move forward into the future.

"(We'll) be able to serve the children of the community in our new hospital the way it was designed," said Rosenbaum.

Rosenbaum said the demolition will take about three-and-half to four months to complete.

The demolition will be followed by landscaping, ground and site work which will make for a lovely, new entrance to the hospital, which US News and World Reports ranked the nation's best children's hospital.

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