Published on April 07, 2022

Public Invited to Tour New Private Patient Rooms, Advanced Care Settings at Medical Center Grand Opening Celebration on April 22

Photo rendering of the new Patient Tower at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena.

Community members are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the new patient tower at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena during a public open house on Friday, April 22, from 12 to 3 p.m. A ribbon cutting with remarks will be held at 12:45 p.m.

Community members are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the new patient tower at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena during a public open house on Friday, April 22, from 12 to 3 p.m. A ribbon cutting with remarks will be held at 12:45 p.m.

“We are all very excited the opening of the new patient tower at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena has arrived,” said Chuck Sherwin, president of the Medical Center in Alpena. “The purpose of this project was to meet the standards our patients seek and deserve, ensuring that our facility is up-to-date for the utmost safety and quality, and that we offer the latest in advanced technology and physician expertise. This is a milestone in our history, and it was made possible with the support of MyMichigan Health, our donors, employees and community. We’re delighted to open the doors here in a few short weeks so that everyone can view this beautiful facility and meet the caring and dedicated staff who care for our patients.”

At the open house, self-guided tours will enable guests to see many areas of the finished building, including one of 60 new private patient rooms. These private rooms are covered by health insurance in the same way it previously covered semi-private rooms. In addition, guests will be able to see the Medical Center’s new lobby and entrance, operating rooms, nursing stations, family waiting room, Sterile Processing Department, Critical Care Unit, as well as the new Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Post-Partum Suites.

“Our intent with this project has been to create the best healing environment with an eye to future needs,” continued Sherwin. “Design, equipment and support for patient safety have been fundamental to the project at every step.”

The 99,000 square-foot patient tower took two years to complete and cost $63.5 million. The tower is home to 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 also includes 18 prep and recovery rooms, flex rooms, as well as five new operating rooms. Once the tower is complete, many areas in the existing Medical Center will be renovated.

“The Development Council in Alpena has always endorsed the mission of the Medical Center and this project is a true example of their commitment,” said Ann Diamond, fund development director, MyMichigan Health Foundation. “On behalf of our Council and Foundation, we extend our deepest gratitude to those that have generously supported this project that will have a profound impact on our patients, neighbors and loved ones for many years to come.”

Those interested in more information about the patient tower project may visit www.mymichigan.org/alpenatower.