Published on January 27, 2022

Exterior of Patient Tower Complete, Opening on Schedule

Photo of the new MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena Patient Tower in Alpena, Michigan.

MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena Patient Tower

Striking windows capture the attention of those driving by as progress on the new patient tower at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena remains on schedule. Since breaking ground in July 2020, the external portion of the tower is now complete with internal finishing work underway. The project is expected for completion in spring 2022 with grand opening activities planned in late April.

“When driving onto the Medical Center campus, there is something so very special about seeing the patient tower coming to completion,” said Chuck Sherwin, FACHE, president, MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena. “You immediately are reminded of the hundreds of people involved, not just in the build of the tower itself, but the outpouring of support shown by our employees, our donors, and the community day in and day out. This is an exciting time as now we turn to the inside and complete the final projects remaining. We look forward to opening the doors in just a few months.”

The future 99,000-square-foot patient tower at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena, being constructed by Miron Construction Co., Inc., 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.

A fundraising campaign led by the MyMichigan Health Foundation is underway with significant support directed toward the building project. An employee campaign is also taking place, giving Medical Center workers the opportunity to leave their mark on the patient tower project.

“We are so deeply fortunate of the support our employees and community have shown on the tower project,” said Ann Diamond, fund development director, MyMichigan Health Foundation. “This is a one-of-a-kind milestone in our history and the generosity shown to support the building efforts has been overwhelming. We couldn’t be more thankful.”

Those interested in learning more or contributing toward the patient tower project may visit www.mymichigan.org/alpenatower.