By JEFF AMY
Vice Chancellor LouAnn Woodward told trustees Wednesday that fund-raising is nearing a point where work can begin.
The new tower would include private neonatal intensive care rooms, a pediatric intensive care unit, operating rooms and imaging devices designed especially for children.
The move comes even as the medical center deals with a budget shortfall, announcing last month it was laying off 195 employees and cutting 85 vacant positions to close a $32.7 million gap.
Woodward says the medical center is trying to protect long-term priorities such as the expansion.
Trustees are asking for more financing details, but could vote next month on a construction planning contract.