The nine-story medical center will be constructed on the southwest portion of Mercy Health Muskegon’s current campus and should be open in June 2019. Courtesy Mercy Health Muskegon
Construction is underway in Muskegon on the new $271 million, nine-story Mercy Health Muskegon medical center, which is expected to have a “transformational” impact on patient health along the lakeshore.
It has taken nearly three years for the project to get off the ground since it was first announced in 2013, but Mercy Health Muskegon President Greg Loomis said the journey was worth it and has lead to design plans for an “exceptional hospital facility.”
The facility is being constructed on the southwest section of the existing Mercy Campus.
Mercy Health officials said the medical center is the largest construction project in its history and the largest construction project in the Muskegon area.
It is expected to garner $144 million in added value to the regional economy.
When it opens to patients in June 2019, the hospital will include 267 private patient rooms; a new emergency department; state-of-the-art surgical and procedural areas; and a host of modern amenities and technologies. There also will be extensive renovations completed on the existing Mercy Campus.
The campus will become home to all of Mercy Health Muskegon’s medical and surgical hospital services, such as cardiovascular, orthopedics, trauma, labor and delivery, and oncology, which officials have said will eliminate “confusion and duplication.”
Mercy Health is particularly excited about the new 74-bed Universal Care Unit, which it said will offer a “completely new patient care model.”
The UCU will provide personalized care in private rooms for outpatients who do not require inpatient hospitalization but who need care for several hours.
Patients will be placed in a private outpatient room, where services can be brought to them.
The UCU can be serviced by a wide variety of departments, including pre- and post-anesthesia, surgical pre-op, recovery, injections, infusions, imaging procedures, laboratory services and short-term observation.
The UCU model “streamlines operations, makes good use of the physical space and improves the care experience by reducing patient transfers.”
Scott Musselman, Mercy Health Muskegon board chairperson, said the new facility will be designed to support health care delivery today and in the future. He said the medical center will have the “flexibility to easily adapt as needs evolve and grow.”
“Our vision has been for a transformational medical center that will serve the needs of our community for the next 100 years,” he said.
In support of the project, Mercy Health Muskegon is working to raise $10 million from community members. To date, more than $6.3 million has been secured.
It has been announced the emergency department in the new medical center will be named in honor of Mark and Christine Fazakerley, who are the leading contributors with a pledge of $2.5 million.
"We are extremely grateful to the Fazakerley family for their leadership and lead gift," said Claudine Weber, chief philanthropy officer for Mercy Health Muskegon. "It is hometown heroes, like the Fazakerleys and other area families, whose support has always made this a strong community hospital. They are making a difference now and for future generations."
The project also has received $700,000 in support from Mercy Health “hospital family.”
“As a member of the medical staff and the philanthropy council, I am excited to see such enthusiasm and momentum from our medical staff, employees, board members and hospital volunteers,” said Dr. F. Remington Sprague, chief medical officer.
HGA Architects and Engineers is serving as architect of record on the project, and The Christman Company is serving as the construction manager. Progressive AE is listed as a supporting partner on the project.
The health care system is served by Mercy Health Physician Partners.