Sparrow Health System, a healthcare organisation based in Michigan, US, has broken ground on a new state-of-the-art facility to replace its 60-year-old hospital in Ionia.
The 63,000ft² project will be built several miles south of the existing downtown facility off M-66. The groundbreaking ceremony was held at the 44-acre site of the new facility.
When completed, the 22-bed critical access hospital will include patient rooms, outpatient services, an emergency room, a surgery department including digital radiology services, private patient rooms, and enhanced safety and security measures.
The new, two-storey Sparrow Ionia Hospital is being built to LEED-certification standards so as to become resource-efficient and environmentally responsible while at the same time creating a healing environments for its patients.
Sparrow Ionia Hospital president and CEO Bill Roeser said that the new hospital will provide Ionia County residents with a modern, ‘green’ patient-centred facility.
"It’s a demonstration of Sparrow’s commitment to providing the residents of Ionia County access to the latest technology with nationally recognised care in a healing environment," Roeser added.
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The preliminary site preparation is currently underway and the hospital is scheduled to open in spring 2015.
Sparrow Health System is the region’s largest health system. It has two Lansing campuses, Sparrow Clinton Hospital in St. Johns, Sparrow Ionia Hospital in Ionia, and an affiliate hospital, Carson Health.
Image: An artist’s rendering of the new Sparrow Ionia Hospital. Photo courtesy of Sparrow Health System.