INSIDE THE EXPANSION AND RENOVATION
Atrium Lobby: The 40-foot-high atrium lobby greets visitors with large-scale beauty. Its three 12-foot-tall ficus trees will eventually almost double in height to visually frame a monumental kinetic sculpture suspended from the ceiling.
The sculpture, by Michigan artist, Brian Alexander, is 27 feet high and 12 feet in diameter. The work is made from about 2000 individually designed pieces of thin, shaped metal suspended on clear monofilament. As air currents and sunlight make the elements shimmer, the sculpture’s overall shape changes as viewed from the lobby or upper floors.
Dedicated to the Medical Center’s volunteers, the piece recognizes more than 66 years of volunteer service to MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland. The Medical Center’s volunteer organization was offered a place of honor for a monumental art piece, and the volunteers pledged $50,000 to purchase the sculpture.
Community Education Rooms: Two community education rooms down the hall to the left of the welcome desk will make attending a health information class, support group or speaker presentation convenient. Fully AV-equipped, the comfortable rooms can be combined to seat 50 people and are near restrooms, a coatroom, storage and food preparation areas.
Patient & Family Services: The new Patient & Family Services area, including patient relations, social work and transition planning, patient accounting, medical records, and hospital chaplains. Grouping the services minimizes time and steps for a patient or family member when they check out of the Medical Center or return with any needs or questions. The other benefit is being able to connect people quickly to services that can make a big difference for them.
Spiritual Care Center: The Spiritual Care Center offers room enough to host multiple activities, and three private carrels offer space for personal prayer and reflection. Drawers nearby hold faith-specific items for use in the carrels. The center’s Stained Glass was designed by artist Elizabeth Kolenda. The beautiful front wall, doors and dividers for the carrels are created to “evoke the feeling of comfort and healing,” the artist said. Additional signature art pieces include a labyrinth and a moveable altar of wood and glass created by artist Larry Fox of Omena.
Physician Services: This new Physician Services area includes spaces for the medical support staff, physician leadership and medical education. Continuing medical education keeps our medical staff informed of the latest techniques and advances and is also integral to the physician training programs associated with the Medical Center. The Physician Conference room is part of the new Physician Services area which includes areas for the medical support staff, physician leadership and medical education. The conference room has a STORZ integration system that offers providers a direct video and audio connection to the Medical Center’s operating rooms. The conference room also has a DVD, TV, video conferencing (mobile) attachment, integrated lighting, curtains, audio conferencing, and AMX controls.
The Gift Shop: The Gift Shop features a curved glass entry designed to engage passersby. Inside is 1,138-square-feet of modern retail space, nearly twice the size of the previous location. Stylish track and pendant fixtures light a beautiful interior featuring upscale solid countertops, slatted display walls and custom-made cabinets. Volunteers operate the not-for-profit shop, which in 2010 contributed nearly $71,000 to purchase medical equipment.
Home Medical Equipment: The Home Medical Equipment showroom offers patients and staff all kinds of useful items and help from trained customer service representatives. Home Care will continue to take needed devices and supplies directly to patients’ rooms or deliver large items to their homes. The showroom, located within MidMichigan Home Care at 3007 N. Saginaw Road, next to MidMichigan Urgent Care, also remains open.
Surgical Services & Invasive Imaging Waiting Room: The new Surgical Services & Invasive Imaging Waiting Room seats 117 in a multi-zoned space where those waiting can read or rest, watch TV, or check email at one of two computers. An electronic tracking board enables family members to follow a surgical services patient’s progress through prep, surgery and recovery using a private PIN number. The waiting room, which provides a dramatic view of the atrium lobby, is operated by Medical Center volunteers who staff this area from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Private Patient Rooms: In the new patient tower, the third, fourth and fifth floors each have 36 patient rooms. The remaining rooms in the facility were upgraded with similar décor and amenities. MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland now has the most clinically advanced and unique private patient rooms in the region, representing a new standard of care. All patient rooms are now private rooms.
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.
Each 350-square-foot patient room includes one patient bed, a private bathroom with shower, a flat-screen TV, and a family area with a recliner and a sofa that converts to a bed. A neat, compact storage headwall reduces clutter of medical equipment.
Every floor has four rooms that are fully handicapped accessible, with lifts in the ceiling to move disabled or obese patients with maximum safety. The rooms’ soft colors create a calming environment, and a large window is designed to let in plenty of natural light while preserving privacy.
Operating Rooms: The new Surgery Unit on Floor 2 opened in December 2010, with 23 rooms for surgical patient preparation and recovery and six of the most technologically advanced operating rooms in the region.
In the ORs, video monitors enable all surgical team members to see what is happening on the operating table using cameras mounted in the surgical lights, for excellent communication, efficiency and safety. The monitors can also be used during surgery to call up surgical images, X-rays and patient vital signs for the most effective treatment planning and guidance. The ORs are also equipped to add remote collaboration, consulting and teaching.
The ceiling mounted Skytron Equipment Boom System supports efficiency and safety in the operating room. The system can position surgical lights, flat-screen monitors, anesthesia gases and other equipment anywhere within a 16-foot circle around the patient treatment area with no power cords or equipment clutter. Equipment and monitors are ideally positioned for each type of surgery, and everything else can be moved out of the way for barrier-free movement of the surgical team.
Ultra-efficient Aurora LED surgical lights use pods of light-emitting diodes to produce the brightest light, with no heat, no glare, excellent shadow control and adjustable color temperature. In addition, TotalCare® Connect Beds meet the special needs of critical care patients. For enhanced patient safety, the Philips Central Patient Monitoring System enables nurses to check patient vitals either from the bedside or at the nursing station to closely monitor patients in the invasive imaging prep and recovery area throughout their stay.
Surgical Services Patient Rooms: The new Surgical Services patient rooms provide additional state-of-the-art patient care equipment. Having these private rooms adjacent to the operating rooms allows for the patients’ support group to stay with them until staff members take the patients to the operating room.
Invasive Imaging Intake and Recovery: The new Invasive Imaging Intake and Recovery area provide patients coming for cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology or interventional radiology services all admission, pre-procedure care and post-procedure recovery services. The 18 rooms in are enhanced with natural light and provide the highest level of patient privacy and comfort available. The area also has centralized patient monitoring, computerized charting and comfortable amenities for both patients and visitors.
Nursing Stations: The new nursing stations are open and functional, with a lower profile that makes them more approachable for those who have questions or needs. So that hospital caregivers can be at the bedside as much as possible, small computer bays in the hall between patient rooms let staff input patient data without the need to return to the nurse’s station.