ProMedica to build new hospital in Lenawee CountyWritten by Staff Reports | | email@example.com
ProMedica has announced plans to build a new hospital in Lenawee County to replace ProMedica Bixby and Herrick hospitals.
The new 145,000-square-foot hospital will be located on M-52 on the site of the former Mission Pointe Golf Course. The location is between the current sites of ProMedica Bixby Hospital in Adrian and ProMedica Herrick Hospital in Tecumseh.
The facility will be a full-service hospital with up to 80 acute care beds, an emergency department, surgical capabilities that include orthopedic care, a women’s health center, a cancer center, a pain management clinic and an inpatient psychiatric unit, ProMedica officials stated in a news release. The building will be developed following LEED Silver Eligible Certification standards to ensure sustainability and offer best-in-class design, construction and energy efficiency.
“The two facilities are only 12 miles apart. Both of them provide almost identical services,” said Tim Jakacki, president of ProMedica Bixby and Herrick hospitals. “This will eliminate redundancy of those services, and by doing that it makes it much more cost effective, much more efficient and it concentrates all of those services in one location.”
Jakacki said the company believes the new facility could also serve to bolster the economy in Lenawee County.
“We believe that the location, which is between the two hospitals on a major state highway, M-52, is a great corridor for future economic development as well,” he said.
ProMedica has owned Bixby and Herrick hospitals since 1999.
“Internally, we referred to this as a generational investment, because it’s going to be here for multiple generations and decades to come in the same way these two facilities have been,” he said.
The new hospital project will begin in early 2016 and be completed 18-22 months later, Jakacki said. Staffing adjustments are uncertain, but Jakacki said the company will weigh whether to replace certain positions left empty due to attrition between now and when the new facility opens.
“We’re still in the process of evaluating all of the services that we’ll continue to provide and if there are any new ones we will provide,” he said, adding ProMedica will appropriately adjust staffing levels as needed in the next several years.
“We have enough time between now and when we move into that new facility that we will be very cautious, very frugal with those kind of decisions so that when we have opportunities where people naturally leave through attrition, we’ll weigh those decisions very carefully whether we should replace those people or not,” he said.
For more information about ProMedica, visit www.promedica.org.