Published on September 01, 2021

Patient Tower on Schedule, Construction Changes to Impact Internal Traffic

Construction photo of the new patient tower at MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena in Alpena, Michigan.Progress on the new patient tower at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena remains on schedule and within budget. Since breaking ground in July 2020, the external portion of the project is nearing completion and internal work is ramping up towards a grand opening slated for spring 2022.

“We are all so happy to see the progress of the new patient tower taking shape, but with all major projects, there comes some growing pains, too,” said Chuck Sherwin, FACHE, president, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. “Right now, ceiling work is impacting our Gift Shop and our registration area has been moved to accommodate changes to our existing lobby. As a result, foot traffic for patients, visitors and staff is being rerouted. While only a temporary disruption, these renovations are all in motion to make way for our beautiful patient tower that will open in a few short months.”

In addition to the move of patient registration, other areas impacted by internal construction work include the Cardiology and Pulmonology waiting rooms, Lab Department, and the general waiting area. These spaces will be moved to areas outside of the existing lobby until the end of construction in early February 2022. Several measures will be in place to support patients and visitors.

“Upon entry from the Hospital Entrance, patients and visitors will be greeted and checked-in by a team member with escort support by volunteers (on evenings, check-in will be completed through a free-standing kiosk),” said Sherwin. “Following check-in, patients and visitors will be seated as they await registration. A monitor nearby will keep guests up-to-date on their spot in the registration queue. Once registered, they will then follow brightly colored wayfinding signage to their destination.”

Sherwin continued, “We recognize the size and length of this construction project will have an impact on all those coming to our campus. However, we are working hard to ensure details are in place to make it as convenient as possible for all.”

The future 99,000-square-foot patient tower at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena is the largest expansion of its kind in the community. 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 19 prep and recovery rooms, flex rooms, as well as five new operating rooms. Once complete, many areas in the existing Medical Center will be renovated.

A fundraising campaign led by the MidMichigan Health Foundation is underway with significant support directed toward the building project.

“The community has been so enthusiastic about the patient tower project and has already shown outstanding support towards our fundraising efforts,” said Ann Diamond, fund development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation. “We are appreciative the generosity shown by our community and together, we will make this new patient tower a reality.”

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