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Women and infant hospital proposed for downtown Memphis

(WMC-TV) - Some are calling it a game changer for the medical district near downtown Memphis.  There are plans for a new $200 million state-of-the-art women's hospital.

If all goes as planned, the corner of Adams Avenue and Dunlap Street could soon be home to a world class hospital for women and infants.

"For the moms in Memphis, this is a great opportunity to have a world class women's hospital match the world class OB center at The MED," said LeBonheur Children's Hospital CEO Mary Armour.

The proposed hospital will be located where The MED's rehab hospital sits right now.

That building will come down to make way for the new facility.

"Moms who have babies, who are known to have problems, will have the opportunity to save those babies," Armour added.

Le Bonheur CEO Meri Armour says even though the infant mortality numbers here in Shelby County have dropped, a new hospital specifically for women and newborns will help bring those numbers further down.

"I think it'll be a draw to try and help get women in sooner for prenatal care. I also think it will save more babies because it will become a destination referral center for the region," Armour explained.

The proposal for the new hospital still has to be approved by the UT Board.

It is still unclear when that will happen.

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