Published on February 28, 2020

Expansion Progress Being Made with Completion of Mock Room Project

  • Patient Tower Rendering

    Rendering of the new patient tower at MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena.

    The groundbreaking for the new patient tower of MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena is scheduled to take place in June 2020.

  • Mock Room Image

    Photo of MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena new patient tower mock-up room photo 1.

    While the expansion of the new patient tower at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena cannot be seen from the street, much progress has been made behind the scenes. Most recently the Medical Center completed a mock room project; giving employees the opportunity to give input on final patient room design before construction even begins.

  • Mock Room Image

    Photo of MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena new patient tower mock-up room photo 2.

  • Mock Room Image

    Photo of MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena new patient tower mock-up room photo 3.

While the expansion of the new patient tower at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena cannot be seen from the street, much progress has been made behind the scenes. Most recently the Medical Center completed a mock room project; giving employees the opportunity to give input on final patient room design before construction even begins.

“Our expansion to create all private patient rooms is the largest project in our Medical Center’s history, as well as for our community,” said Chuck Sherwin, FACHE, president, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. “We know how important it is to get it right – the first time. That is why the mock room project was so critical to us. We need the feedback from the employees who are going to be working in the patient rooms. What are they seeing that we don’t see on paper? How can we make the room design more efficient for workflow? What is in the best interest of our patients? What changes can make for an excellent patient experience?”

With the help of Three Rivers Corporation and Miron Construction, several mock patient and medical rooms were developed within a vacant store in Bear Point Shopping Center at 2680 U.S. Hwy 23 South in Alpena for employee tours. These rooms featured full stud and drywall walls with rough openings for doors, windows drawn in place, as well as housed a mix of real and labeled faux equipment. Faux equipment was built using plastiboard to create boxes the same size as the actual equipment set for purchase. Over the four weeks of tours held, employees placed notes, or adjusted in-place, items they thought should be changed.

“Simple changes from sink height, cabinet placement and even the location for outlets, our employees took the mock room project seriously and offered feedback at a time where changes could still be made,” said Sherwin. “Their input was invaluable and in two short years, this model room will become a reality for our patients.”

The $59 million expansion and renovation project to build an inpatient tower at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena is set to break ground in June 2020. The three-story tower will house 60 new private patient rooms, including eight critical care beds, six labor and delivery rooms, 22 medical surgical rooms, 18 prep and recovery rooms, flex rooms, as well as five new operating rooms. The 99,000 square-foot project is slated to be opened in spring 2022. Once complete, many areas in the existing Medical Center will be renovated.

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 Diamond, fund development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation. “Right now we are working diligently to develop opportunities for the community to support and we’re looking forward to the roll-out of the campaign early this summer.”