Flooding Update: Access to Medical Center Campus, Service and Office Closures
Rising flood waters have closed Harlow and Wellness Drive entrances to the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. Those coming to the Medical Center campus are asked to enter through Orchard Drive west of Eastman Avenue off North Saginaw Road. The Emergency Department and Hospital Entrances remain open.
“Due to flooding, the city has closed several roads limiting access to MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. The hospital remains staffed and operational. The Emergency Department remains open and there are no current plans to evacuate the Medical Center. We continue to monitor the situation closely,” said Greg Rogers, president of the Medical Center in Midland. “Patients with scheduled outpatient procedures are being notified as some services may be delayed or rescheduled.”
As a result of flooding, services and offices closed today include:
- MidMichigan Urgent Care – Midland: If they can safely do so, patients seeking urgent care services are asked to reroute their care to MidMichigan Urgent Care – Freeland, 5694 Midland Road, M-47
- MidMichigan Physicians Group practices located in the Orchard, Towsley and Campus Ridge Buildings
- The Family Practice Center located in Gerstacker Building
- MidMichigan Home Care and Home Medical Equipment
- All rehabilitation sites in Midland, as well as the Midland Spine and Pain Program
In addition to these practice and service closures, the Sanford, East End and cardiology practice on Wackerly will be closed. The practices will be converting to virtual visits as much as possible.
On September 13, 1986, the Tittabawassee River crested at 33 feet, a record, causing a 100-year flood. Sturgeon Creek rose, also partially inundating houses on Valley Drive and threatening MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland's Harlow Drive Building along Sugnet Road. Seventeen pediatric and day surgery patients staying on the ground floor of a wing were relocated.
Since the 1986 flood, aggressive improvements have been made to protect the Medical Center campus and ensure the safety of patients. These changes include the installation of a FEMA-approved flood wall located on Medical Center property on Sugnet Road, as well as the location of the Medical Center Energy Center and generators have been built above the flood plain to reduce risk of damage to the Medical Center.
Plans remain in place to reroute traffic, parking and entrances throughout the week as necessary. Those interested in updates on the flooding and any changes to the Medical Center campus may visit www.midmichigan.org.