Saint Joseph Mercy Health System to invest $25 millionin Livingston hospital and Brighton health center
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System to invest $25 million in Livingston hospital and Brighton health center
Innovative plan to renew and grow future health of Livingston County
BRIGHTON and HOWELL, Mich. – (July 9, 2014) – Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) today announced the launch of a $25 million revitalization program to add private patient rooms at St. Joseph Mercy Livingston hospital and develop a short stay service that includes a 28-bed unit for overnight stays at St. Joseph Mercy Brighton.
"As the only full-service health care provider in Livingston County, we continue to upgrade and expand our services for area residents," said Rob Casalou, president and CEO, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals. "We are creating a robust strategy for outpatient care services connected by a strong physician network and anchored by high-quality inpatient hospital care."
Made possible through capital project funds from CHE Trinity Health, this SJMHS investment will ensure its Livingston facilities — the only hospital and emergency rooms in the county — are well-designed to meet the needs of Livingston County, which continues to be the fastest-growing county in the state. CHE Trinity Health has approved the capital project investment, with community fundraising planned for key aspects of the project.
Hospital renovations will include the conversion of semi-private rooms to private rooms and bathrooms, as well as workspaces designed to bring caregivers closer to patient bedsides. In the surgery center, operating rooms will be expanded and fitted with the latest advanced technology.
In addition to facility upgrades at St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, an innovative short stay service will be developed at St. Joseph Mercy Brighton that will fill a need between inpatient and outpatient care. Led by physicians, this short stay service will provide overnight care for outpatients who require extended treatment and recovery.
While short stay units are very common in hospitals, this unit at St. Joseph Mercy Brighton will be the largest known freestanding overnight care unit for outpatient care. It will involve the construction of a 28-bed overnight care unit that will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by nurses and physicians, as well as two additional operating rooms. This innovation in overnight care for outpatients creates a safe, high quality and cost-effective model of care that is being viewed by CHE Trinity Health as a pilot innovation project for its entire organization. Construction is expected to begin early 2015.
The revitalization program supports Saint Joseph Mercy Health System's long-range plan to improve the patient experience and reduce overall cost of care.
"This new delivery approach is the future of health care," said Casalou. "Instead of building a new hospital from the ground up, we can create new patient care models that help contain cost while providing the same high quality care."
At St. Joseph Mercy Livingston hospital, work has already begun to upgrade the medical-surgical units, emergency room and Senior ERSM.
The investment confirms the decision around four years of planning and analysis about a new location for the hospital. A renovated St. Joseph Mercy Livingston will remain at its Byron Road location where it has served the county since 1958.
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System remains committed to providing high quality care to the residents of Livingston County. St. Joseph Mercy Livingston has a medical staff of more than 300 providing on-site specialty services, a 24-hour emergency room, advanced stroke care, and seamless access to the system’s tertiary services at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor when needed.
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About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving six counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 164-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, and 113-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. Combined, the six hospitals are licensed for 1,697 beds, have six outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 3,200 physicians. SJMHS has annual operating revenues of about $1.9 billion and returns $127 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs.
SJMHS is a member of CHE Trinity Health, the second largest Catholic health care system in the country. Based in Livonia, Mich., CHE Trinity Health operates in 20 states, employs nearly 87,000 people, has annual operating revenues of about $13.3 billion and assets of about $19.3 billion. Additionally, the new organization returns almost $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.
For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.stjoeshealth.org.
About CHE Trinity Health - Michigan
CHE Trinity Health - Michigan is a leading health care provider and one of the state's largest employers, with almost 29,000 colleagues serving 31 counties and providing the full continuum of care for Michigan's residents through 13 hospitals, which include the six hospitals of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Oakland, Livingston, Livonia and Port Huron, and seven-hospital Mercy Health operating in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Grayling and Cadillac. The systems also operate numerous ambulatory sites, nine nursing homes, 27 CHE Trinity Senior Living Communities, 10 home health care agencies and six hospices. Nationally, CHE Trinity Health is the second-largest Catholic health care system in the country. Based in Livonia, Mich., CHE Trinity Health operates in 20 states, employs nearly 87,000 people, has annual operating revenues of about $13.3 billion and assets of about $19.3 billion. Additionally, the new organization returns almost $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.