The heavy lifting on Mercy Health Muskegon’s $271-million, 267-bed medical center is finished.
Now construction of a new nine-story medical facility and the complete renovation of Mercy Hospital can begin, Mercy Health Muskegon officials announced Thursday.
Preliminary work will begin on the Mercy Campus site within weeks. Construction of the new tower will begin in September and completion of the project is set for June 2019.
“This is so much more than just a building,” President & CEO, Mercy Health, Roger Spoelman told hundreds of community leaders during two-hour presentation on Thursday.
“It goes way beyond bricks and mortar,” President, Mercy Health Muskegon, Greg Loomis said. “It’s about what we do in that building. It’s about the patients.”
“During the planning process for this project it became more about how Mercy Health Muskegon will deliver health care that about the building,” said Vice President, Strategic Integration and Subsidiary Operations, Mercy Health, Jeff Alexander.
From the beginning, patients, community members, physicians and medical staff devoted tens of thousands of hours to a meticulous planning process which made patient comfort, staff efficiency and effective outcomes integral elements of every aspect of the new facility’s design, Alexander explained.
The result is 74 private universal exam rooms where departments will come to patients to provide care (rather than vice versa) and 267 private patient rooms which will feel more like a bedroom than a hospital room. Patient rooms will include a 6-foot long convertible sleeper couch so family members can comfortably stay over night and floor to ceiling windows.
Other features of the new hospital include a new emergency department located close to surgery; a single main entrance; a dedicated space for all heart and vascular services and a single floor for labor and delivery, mother/baby, special care nursery and other pediatric units.
“As someone who has covered a lot of developments in Muskegon County over 34 years, this one of the most significant, if not the most significant I’ve seen,” Downtown Muskegon Now Director Dave Alexander said. “Not just in terms of the cost, but what is being created for the community.” Alexander is the former business editor for the Muskegon Chronicle.