Mercy Health Partners clears first hurdle to $96.7M expansion


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Trinity Health, the parent organization of Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon, has approved the capital allocation for a $96.7-million expansion on the Mercy campus — the first step in a two part approval process.

A second capital approval decision by Trinity Health, which is headquartered in Livonia, will be required later this year before the project can move forward. In preparation for the second approval decision, Mercy Health Partners is preparing detailed schematic designs and budget packages. A decision on the Certificate of Need, filed with the State of Michigan, is expected in late summer 2013.

Mercy Health Partners’ proposal calls for 120,000 square feet in additions and renovations at the Mercy campus on Sherman Boulevard, which would enable Mercy Health Partners to consolidate some duplicated services from the General and Hackley campuses.

“We are very pleased with the Trinity Health decision. Their interest in investing in Muskegon is good news for our patients, providers and our community,” said Greg Loomis, interim president and chief operating officer of Mercy Health Partners. “Our goal is to ensure Mercy Health Partners is a strong, healthy organization providing high quality, affordable health care for years to come.”

Proposed hospital construction projects in West Michigan must, by law, be reviewed by the Alliance for Health. The Alliance then provides an opinion to the state on the request for a CON. Lody Zwarensteyn, president of the Alliance, said it will be holding a public hearing on the Mercy Health Partners proposal in June in Muskegon.

Mercy Health Partners, a member of Mercy Health, is a teaching hospital system and the second largest health system in West Michigan with more than 4,000 employees, 21,000 in-patient discharges and 137,000 emergency/urgent care visits annually. The system has four hospitals and 375 physicians.

Mercy Health is a multi-location health care system serving West Michigan with five hospital campuses (including Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids), 58 physician offices, 1,174 physicians, more than 800 hospital beds and 7,200 employees. It is a member of Trinity Health, the fourth largest Catholic health care system in the country.

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