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Mercy Health Muskegon to seek approvals for $271.2M expansion/renovation

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Mercy Health Muskegon filed a letter of intent this month with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that details its $271.2 million expansion and renovation project. Under the plans, the health care organization will consolidate some inpatient medical care from the Hackley Campus to a new nine-story patient tower at the Mercy Campus. Mercy Health Muskegon filed a letter of intent this month with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that details its $271.2 million expansion and renovation project. Under the plans, the health care organization will consolidate some inpatient medical care from the Hackley Campus to a new nine-story patient tower at the Mercy Campus. COURTESY RENDERING

Nearly a year and a half after publicly unveiling the preliminary plans, Mercy Health Muskegon is ready to seek approvals for a $271.2 million expansion and renovation project that would consolidate inpatient medical care at a single campus.

This summer, Mercy Health Muskegon plans to seek approval for the project from local and regional boards of trustees, as well as from parent corporation CHE Trinity Health in late September. The Muskegon health system this month also filed a letter of intent with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that outlines the project and precedes a full application seeking state certificate-of-need approval.

Mercy Health Muskegon, which is part of CHE Trinity’s Mercy Health system in West Michigan, first rolled out preliminary plans in February 2014 for a new 196-bed, nine-story patient tower built on the front of the Mercy Campus on Sherman Boulevard and along U.S. 31. The project also includes extensive renovations to virtually every patient-care area of the existing hospital.

Executives last summer put the project on “pause” and worked with CHE Trinity to refine and finalize plans “to make sure it met our needs for the population health world of the future,” said Mercy Health Muskegon President Greg Loomis.

“We’ve been working ever since then on making sure it was the right project and making sure that other things relating to health care reform were receiving our adequate attention, and it’s time to go forward,” Loomis said. “All indications are we’re on the right track here.”

Pending CON and CHE Trinity Health’s approval, the health system could begin construction next spring.

The project would create a modern, 486,361-square-foot patient tower and upgrade aging existing facilities that are more than 45 years old, and would enable Mercy to eliminate costly redundancies between the two nearby Muskegon hospital campuses. Additionally, it would accommodate process changes for delivering care to patients that Mercy Health Muskegon intends to implement to drive efficiency and “become a lean health care organization,” Loomis said.

“Just as important as the bricks and mortar are the process changes that we have committed to,” he said.

The project would consolidate acute and inpatient care at the Mercy campus, leaving the Hackley Hospital campus three miles away as an outpatient medical center. Medical services slated for relocation include surgical beds, adult psych beds, and CT and MRI imaging. The project also includes expansion of the cardiac catheterization lab at the Mercy campus and a special care nursery, according to the July 1 letter of intent filed with the state.

The Hackley Hospital campus would then house an urgent care center, primary care offices for physicians, outpatient diagnostic services, and the federally qualified health center Hackley Community Care for primary care.

Mercy Health Muskegon will consider placing other medical services at the Hackley campus that “un-clutters” the Mercy campus, Loomis said.

“We’re still kind of going through the designs of what else we could move over there,” he said.

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