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Building the Best in Care

Changing hospital standards and growing needs prompted the expansion and renovation of MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland. The official opening in December 2011 began a new chapter in the history of the Medical Center and its service to the community and the region. 

The project was announced in May 2007 and, despite a declining economy, construction began in fall 2008 and continued at a pace that put the project ahead of schedule and under budget at the end of 2010. At that time, six new operating rooms and surgical patient preoperative and recovery areas were the first sections to open. 

Clinical needs from the expanding heart and vascular services program prompted these six new operating rooms and accompanying care spaces as a first priority. In addition, the Medical Center’s 265 patient rooms were reconfigured to eliminate semi-private rooms and make all patient rooms at the Medical Center private rooms. MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland now has the most clinically advanced and unique private patient rooms in the region, representing a new standard of care. 

MidMichigan is the only Medical Center in the Great Lakes Bay Region to have all private patient rooms. Private rooms are also available at MidMichigan Health’s affiliate Medical Center in Alma. These private rooms are covered by health insurance in the same way it previously covered semi-private rooms. 

The $115-million project, the largest investment made in any MidMichigan Health facility, consists of new and remodeled areas totaling 280,000 gross square feet. MidMichigan contracted with the internationally recognized health care design firm, HDR Architecture, Inc., of Chicago, and engaged Skanska USA Building, Inc., of Portage, Mich., to manage the construction. At the project’s peak, as many as 250 contractor employees worked on the expansion and renovation.