Published on July 28, 2022

MyMichigan Medical Center Alma Breaks Ground on New Advanced Surgical Services Construction

Photo of Foundation and board members hold shovels of dirt indicating the breaking of ground for the new Surgical Services construction project at MyMichigan Medical Center Alma in Alma, Michigan.

MyMichigan Medical Center Alma hosted a groundbreaking for the new 51,200 Advanced Surgerical Services area. Pictured (left to right) Erik Spindler, executive administrator, The Morey Foundation; Lon Morey, president, The Morey Foundation; Jeffrey Smith, M.D., general surgeon, chief of staff; Greg Rogers, president and chief executive officer, MyMichigan Health; Bill Henderson, chair, MyMichigan Health Foundation; Marita Hattem-Schiffman, regional president, MyMichigan Medical Center Alma, Mt. Pleasant and Clare; Nikki Schmidt, director of nursing - Perioperative Services, MyMichigan Medical Center Alma; Jim Wheeler, board member, MyMichigan Health Board of Directors; Jenée Velasquez, chair, MyMichigan Health Board of Directors; Don Shurr, chair, MyMichigan Health Central Board of Directors; John Leppien, II, vice president, Garr Tool; Jeff Leppien, vice president, Garr Tool.

MyMichigan Medical Center Alma officially broke ground on the 51,200 square-foot surgical suite renovation and expansion project at a ceremony yesterday held at the Medical Center. MyMichigan Health leadership, board members, employees and community members joined in the celebration.

“The expansion combines the newest, state-of-the-art surgical technology with increased comfort and privacy for our patients and their families,” said Marita Hattem-Schiffman, F.A.C.H.E., C.P.M.S.M., president, MyMichigan Medical Centers in Alma, Clare and Mt. Pleasant. “This investment will enhance our ability to continue to deliver the most advanced surgical services to our rural communities across the central Michigan region. We appreciate the community joining us and for our donors support.”

MyMichigan continues to advance health care capabilities for central Michigan residents by attracting some of the best and brightest minds in medicine, renovating infrastructure and patient care areas, and acquiring the latest technology to ensure that advanced treatments and procedures are available close to home.

“We are excited to further expand and renovate our Medical Center in Alma as it continues to grow and serve the healthcare needs of the community,” said Greg Rogers, president and CEO, MyMichigan Health “The Medical Center is busier than it’s ever been and expansion of the surgical services areas is essential to increasing our capacity of care, enhancing our services and attracting talent to our community.”

Once complete, the expansion will include three, large, state-of-the-art surgical suites; two procedure rooms; private pre-operative and recovery rooms; as well as a new sterile processing department close proximity to the operating rooms. The surgical services area, Phase One of construction, is scheduled for completion in spring 2023. Phase Two of the project will include the development of a new Medical Center entrance and enhanced patient access for diagnostic imaging at Medical Center. Phase two is slated for completion in late 2024. In preparation for the overall construction, the Medical Center’s Cardiopulmonary Rehab Department was relocated to a new location within the Medical Center earlier this year.

The MyMichigan Health Foundation continues to raise funds to support the advanced surgical services project. “We’ve reached out to the community and received amazing support. Of course, our board, leadership, staff and providers are all supporting the project,” said Becky Church, director, MyMichigan Health Foundation. “We are excited to offer opportunities for the community to support this project as we work together to advance the health care in the community.”

Those interested in making a donation to the project may visit www.mymichigan.org/almasurgical or by call (989) 839-1932. Those interested in more information on the overall project may visit www.mymichigan.org/AlmaOR.