Mercy health

Mercy Health Muskegon, a multi-campus health care system, is seeking approval for a new $220m medical centre in Muskegon, Michigan, on the current Mercy Campus at 1500 E. Sherman.

The cost is more than double that of initial plans announced in spring 2013, when a $96.7m expansion was proposed.

The original plans have expanded into a proposed new nine-storey, state-of-the-art medical centre to allow for greater efficiencies and better patient care.

Additionally, a new emergency department will be constructed on the southwest section of the existing Mercy Campus to accommodate all outpatient procedures, labour and delivery, paediatrics, surgery, medical/surgical admissions.

The new proposal also includes rebuilding most of the existing Mercy Campus to accommodate diagnostics, universal care (a new model of acute care delivery), and inpatient rehab.

The project includes renovations to the Mercy Campus and an outpatient centre at the Hackley Campus, while the Mercy Health General Campus building will be sold, repurposed or demolished.

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Mercy Health Muskegon president Greg Loomis said that it is time to take a transformational step to bring together the acute care services of the organisation’s three Muskegon hospitals into one new medical centre.

"Mercy Health Muskegon has taken an extraordinary journey to thoughtfully plan and develop an exceptional facility that will serve not only Muskegon and the Lakeshore, but the entire region."

"Over the past year, Mercy Health Muskegon has taken an extraordinary journey to thoughtfully plan and develop an exceptional facility that will serve not only Muskegon and the Lakeshore, but the entire region," Loomis added.

Mercy Health anticipates the review and approval from the local board of trustees, Michigan Department of Public Health’s certificate of need (CON) commission and the CHE Trinity Health board for the project to complete by autumn 2014.

The project will bring all Muskegon-area inpatient services together at a central location on the Mercy Campus and will offer single-occupancy inpatient rooms.

"Our proposed new medical centre will create a place where our community members, their children and grandchildren, will be able to come for remarkable health care for years to come.

"Through this process, we have recommitted to creating superior health care value as defined by our patients," Loomis added.

If Mercy Health receives approval, the project should be completed in 2018 or 2019.

Mercy Health serves West Michigan and the lakeshore with five hospital campuses, 58 physician offices, more than 1,300 medical staff physicians, more than 800 hospital beds and 7,200 associates, and hospice, home health and long-term care service offerings.

Image: Conceptual rendering of proposed new $220m medical centre. Photo courtesy of Progressive AE/HGA.