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Published on December 12, 2013

New Medical Education Building Planned

Medical Education BldgMidMichigan Medical Center–Midland will break ground in May for a medical education building planned to open in summer 2015 that will be a base for medical students, family medicine residents and faculty, as well as the Family Practice Center within MidMichigan Health’s extensive medical education program.

MidMichigan Health has a long-standing commitment to medical education programming, including a four-year Family Medicine Residency Program in conjunction with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine that is based at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland; a new Family Medicine Residency Program planned to begin in 2015 and to be based at MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot, also in conjunction with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; and medical resident training through rotations planned for students with Central Michigan University College of Medicine.

The Family Medicine Residency Program at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland is one of the first in the U.S, started in 1969, with more than 200 family medicine physicians who have graduated since its inception.

“The plan for this new medical education facility is great news for people in our region because a health system that is committed to medical education brings new providers to our communities, creates an environment of high quality medical care and enhances access for patients in our region,” said Kelly Hill, M.D., director of MidMichigan’s Family Medicine Residency program. “Creating this new medical education building is essential to optimum learning and is required by accrediting organizations.”

“This is a challenging environment in which to be embarking on new construction, however in order for organizations like MidMichigan Health to remain successful, we must continue to build on our strengths,” said Greg Rogers, president of MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland. “This is an investment in our future and the residents of our communities will realize a valuable return on this investment.”

The new facility will occupy two floors of the building and will house a Simulation Laboratory, residency program faculty and support staff offices, study and learning space for medical students and residents, 42 examination rooms and four procedure suites. Physicians with the Family Practice Center of MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland will be located within medical offices in the new building. The third floor, which is planned as expansion space, will accommodate additional programming in the future.

The 70,500-square-foot, three-story medical education building will be located on the south side of the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland near the North Saginaw Road entrance.

The project is being funded, in part, through MidMichigan’s Gifts of Wellness campaign, and contributions totaling $6.1 million to date from individual and foundation support, including The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, $1 million; The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation, $500,000 and The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, $4.5 million.