Michigan Hospital Project Wins Approval

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Chelsea Planning Commission has unanimously approved Chelsea Community Hospital’s $60 million, 110,000-square-foot expansion project.

Funds for the construction are being made available through the hospital’s 2009 merger with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

The preliminary site plan includes a new two-story building with 48 new private patient rooms and six intensive-care-unit rooms. It is the largest construction project in the hospital’s history.

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Work Under Way on Detroit Children’s Hospital

DETROIT — A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Pediatric Specialty Center in Detroit.
The new $43 million center is to be the first of $850 million in investment from Nashville based Vanguard Health Systems which will improve or expand some of Detroit Medical Center’s aging facilities.
Other projects will include a $170-million Children’s Hospital Tower.

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Main Street America

History is often the element that ties people in rural communities together, but if that history also applies to an active healthcare facility, the community could have a problem on its hands.

Until the recent opening of a replacement hospital, Bell Memorial Hospital in Ishpeming, Mich., held the distinction of being the oldest hospital in the state. The 90-year-old facility was crumbling as it continued to serve patients from the former mining communities at the midpoint of Michigan’s isolated upper peninsula.

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