Published on January 25, 2018

Expansion to Create Private Patient Rooms at Medical Center

MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena Patient Tower Project RenderingA concept illustration of the new patient tower of MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena.

The MidMichigan Health Board of Directors has approved a $59 million expansion and renovation project to build an inpatient tower, which would house private patient rooms on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. The Michigan Department of Community Health must approve MidMichigan’s certificate of need (CON) request before the 99,000 square-foot project can begin. Plans for construction of the three-story tower are slated to begin in spring 2019.

“Prior to joining MidMichigan Health, our Alpena Board wrestled with the decision to either update the Emergency Department by expanding capacity and providing private exam rooms for our patients or to eliminate our semi-private inpatient rooms and move them to all private rooms,” said Eric Smith, board chair, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena, and member of the MidMichigan Health Board of Directors. “This expansion and renovation is one example of MidMichigan Health investing locally in our community. In fact, one of the many benefits of joining MidMichigan Health is that we have the ability to make private rooms a reality for our patients and these are now the standard of care.”

Private patient rooms offer several benefits to the patient and family. These include reinforcing a safe, more family-centered healing environment, which allow patients to better rest and recover faster; maintaining infection control and reducing the incidence of hospital-acquired infections; improving the patient experience by providing privacy and quiet surroundings, supporting patients’ emotional and psychological well-being during an inpatient stay; and a family member can be more comfortable when staying overnight.

The MidMichigan Health Foundation has approved a fundraising campaign to provide a portion of the financial support for the building project. They rely heavily on the Foundation’s Development Council in Alpena which has historically advanced philanthropy gifts for the Medical Center over the years.

“The Development Council in Alpena has always supported the mission of the Medical Center,” said Ann Burton, member of the MidMichigan Health Foundation Board and Development Council of Alpena. “A recent example was the successful fundraising campaign to help make possible the renovations to the Emergency Department, which is now a state-of-the-art facility, providing care and privacy to patients. We look forward to seeking philanthropic support of this new patient tower.”

Once construction of the patient tower is complete, many of the areas in the existing Medical Center will also be renovated.