Published on July 21, 2022

Economic Development Study to Measure Impact of Future Expansion

In a continued effort to best serve the health care needs of the community, MyMichigan Medical Center Clare is completing a study to measure the potential impact of a future expansion or relocation. The study, which began in June, will help to establish the Medical Center’s present economic impact to downtown Clare, identify the most suitable locations should the Medical Center move, and identify the possibilities for redevelopment of the existing Medical Center site. Results of the study conducted by the Vestian Group are expected to take six months to complete.

“For more than 70 years, MyMichigan Medical Center Clare has had the honor to serve the health care needs of the community and our bordering neighbors. In that time, we have seen tremendous growth and the demands of the ever-changing health care industry have also changed,” Marita Hattem-Schiffman, president of MyMichigan Medical Centers in Clare, Alma and Mt. Pleasant. “While our advanced technology, services and exceptional staff are meeting those changes today, we recognize that in order to provide the excellent care our communities deserve in the future, our facility will need replacement.”

Hattem-Schiffman continued, “MyMichigan Health has been committed to replacing the aging Medical Center in Clare for many years. Exploration was underway in 2019 but was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, whose effects linger to this day. Nevertheless, the facility itself no longer supports the efficient provision of contemporary health care and its replacement is growing more important every day. This economic study is step one in the process of our future. The results will help us determine the right path moving forward and ensure the development will have a positive impact on our community and partners.”

The expected investment for an expansion is estimated at nearly $60 million.

Named a Top Rural Hospital in 2021, the 49-licensed bed Medical Center in Clare has more than 300 employees, volunteers, physicians and other personnel. It offers a full range of services in specialty areas including diabetes, emergency care, heart and vascular services, hyperbaric oxygen, infusion services, neurosciences, occupational health, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rehab services, sleep disorders, surgery, women’s health and wound treatment.

“This is an exciting time for our community, and we look forward to the results of the study and feedback received from stakeholders,” said Hattem-Schiffman. “The future is bright and we’re leading the way to a healthier community for everyone to enjoy for many, many years to come.”