The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Friday, October 04, 2019

U-M announces new $920M hospital

By The Building Tradesman

ANN ARBOR - University of Michigan Regents on Sept. 19 announced plans to build a new $920 million adult hospital "that will increase patient access and transform medical and surgical care at the academic medical center," U-M says.

The new 12-story hospital will house 264 private rooms capable of converting to intensive care, a  neurological and neurosurgical center, high-level, specialty care services for cardiovascular and thoracic patients, along with advanced imaging. "Locating these services together will enable healthcare providers to quickly respond to complex cases and deliver state-of-the-art treatments," U-M says.

The new 690,000 square-foot hospital will provide more access to care for adult patients at Michigan Medicine, where current hospital facilities often operate at more than 90 percent capacity.

“We are proud to be at the forefront of innovation with a new hospital that will support the extraordinary work of our faculty, nurses and other providers and our research community,” said Marschall Runge, M.D., Ph.D., the executive vice president of medical affairs for U-M, CEO of Michigan Medicine and dean of the Medical School. “It’s an investment in Michigan Medicine’s mission of advancing health to serve Michigan and the world.”

The five-year project is expected to be complete in fall 2024. After construction of the new hospital and relocation of the existing beds, the project will add a total of 154 new beds to the medical campus. The new hospital will allow the relocation of 110 beds currently in semi-private rooms at University Hospital to the new hospital. As a result, all Michigan Medicine inpatient beds will be single private rooms.

The building will be constructed adjacent to the Frankel Cardiovascular Center, with plans for bridge and tunnel connections to existing inpatient care facilities. The university says an average of 370 on-site construction jobs is projected, and the preliminary estimate of new full-time jobs once the hospital opens is 1,600.

The new hospital was designed with lean principles for efficiency of flow and responsiveness to user needs. It will include:

*Family spaces throughout and space for loved ones to visit in each patient room.

*Centralized collaboration spaces in each patient area to enhance continuity of care.

*Two floors with 20 operating rooms built with the latest technology, many larger than Michigan Medicine’s current ORs and three interventional radiology suites

*Patient rooms that allow for more complex care, including capability for all spaces to support intensive care.

“This hospital will not only help us meet our community’s future health care needs, it will be a greater resource for other hospitals across the state, and further support and enable U-M health care providers to do their very best work,” said University of Michigan Regent Shauna Ryder Diggs, M.D.