Health system plans $9.67M ER project


Shelleye Yaklin, president and CEO of North Ottawa Community Health System, and Tim Parker, co-chair of the Pulse Fundraising Campaign, share details on the ER project and related fundraising. Photo by Rachel Weick

A health system has launched a $2.5-million fundraising campaign to help fund a $9.67-million project to enhance its emergency room care.

The North Ottawa Community Health System, or NOCHS, announced yesterday the launch of the community capital campaign to support the planned project, which includes the expansion and renovation of its emergency room facility at North Ottawa Community Hospital in Grand Haven, or NOCH, at 1309 Sheldon Rd.

The project

The construction on the roughly 15,500-square-foot addition and renovation to the ER facility is anticipated to break ground this fall and be completed in 2016.

The new facility would increase capacity to accommodate 24,000 annual visits, with private rooms and specialty designed mental health spaces, as well as a re-designed delivery-of-care model.

Shelleye Yaklin, president and CEO of NOCHS, said the aged and outgrown facility certainly required an investment, but the organization determined it needed a better solution than merely bricks and mortar.

“We needed a new approach,” Yaklin said. “It began with a change of mindset. For generations, we have been trained and reimbursed to deal with emergency patients based only on the issue at the moment. Our new emergency room environment will enable us to intersect the patients’ lives, allowing us to start addressing the factors preventing them from getting better. We plan to have on-site collaboration space with the United Way and our mental health agencies.”


The Pulse Fundraising Campaign will include about $7.17 million in funding from the system’s financing, collaborative partners and major donors, in addition to the $2.5-million community fundraising effort.

The system has received more than 70 percent of its $2.5-million campaign goal, with roughly $575,000 in support from a number of local organizations: Tri-Cities Kiwanis, $100,000; North Ottawa Hospital Auxiliary, $100,000; and $375,000 collectively from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, Youth Advisory Council and Marion A. and Ruth K. Sherwood Family Fund.

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