Mercy Health Muskegon Announces “Build” Phase of New Medical Center

April 22, 2016 2:00 pm

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.

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The project is expected to provide 1,447 jobs, add $144 million to the local economy and result in $266 million in industry output.

Comments

Angela Klinske

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Hi Leisa, The 1,447 jobs reflect the short-term jobs that will be created during the construction of the project from start to finish. It includes construction workers and others needed during the construction period only. It does not include Mercy Health colleagues.

Leisa H

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"The project is expected to provide 1,447 jobs, add $144 million to the local economy and result in $266 million in industry output." Regarding the "project jobs" number is that the contracted team to construct the expansion or the expected number of MH employees in that building?

Angela Klinske

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Thank you for your comment and your support!

Angela Klinske

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Thank you for your comment. Yes, you are correct. There are a few items in the new medical center plans that are considered out of scope. As the design plans developed, discoveries were made that improved the plan but were not part of the original plan approved by Trinity Health last fall. A large conference area, a meditation garden, and an expanded cafeteria were not included because these opportunities were discovered after the approval was received. We are in pursuit of the very best medical center possible for our community. Therefore, we will work to exceed our $10 million philanthropy goal, so that these out-of-scope opportunities can be funded.

Debra Harris

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I am truly excited about this project, however it is flying through the hospital grapevine that there is no money for a new cafeteria. Our cafeteria is touted as being one of the worst in the state of Michigan. It is outdated, dirty and depressing. The food is from Gordon's which is not acceptable. If we are going to compete with our neighboring hospitals then we have to go all the way or our patients will go elsewhere. There should be no part of out new facility that isn't beautifully decorated and completely equipped to take care of our patients and their families.

Ike Villalpando

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Looking forward to the New Muskegon and hoping that we are also looking forward to getting the status that G.R. has in the medical area.

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