Published on June 24, 2020

Hospital Entrance to Close July 1 for Patient Tower Expansion Project

Beginning Wednesday, July 1, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena’s hospital entrance will close for the duration of the Medical Center’s patient tower expansion project. The 99,000 square-foot project is slated to be opened in spring 2022.

During this time, the Healthplex North entrance will serve as the hospital entrance. Patients and visitors will continue to use this entrance throughout the construction project. The main driveway onto the campus will remain open at this time with driveway changes expected later this summer. Signage will be in place to assist in wayfinding.

 “We recognize the size and length of this construction project will no doubt impact the Medical Center and all those coming to our campus,” said Chuck Sherwin, FACHE, president of MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. “However, we are working hard to ensure details are in place to make it as convenient as possible for our patients, visitors and staff.”

While most of the existing hospital entrance lobby area will be accessible through internal routes during construction, changes will occur throughout the project, which may temporarily affect internal patient, visitor and staff traffic flow. 

“This expansion and renovation project is important to both the Medical Center and those we serve. It will enable us to provide enhanced quality of care, patient comfort and privacy,” said Sherwin. “We are committed to maintaining the safest environment for our patients, visitors and staff throughout the length of this project.”

The $63.5 million expansion and renovation project features a three-story patient tower. The tower will house 60 new private patient rooms, including eight intensive care unit beds, eight labor and delivery rooms, and 44 medical/surgical/telemetry beds. The new tower will also include 18 prep and recovery rooms, flex rooms, as well as five new operating rooms. Once the project is complete in 2022, 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.