HASTINGS, Mich. (WOOD) — Pennock Health Services plans to tear down its hospital in Hastings and build a new one just outside the city limits.
The new 49-bed facility will function as a hospital and include outpatient services and physician offices, according to a Thursday release from Pennock Health Services. It will also include oncology and cardiac rehabilitation departments.
“Land preparation” of the site near the intersection of M-37 and M-43 in Rutland Township, west of Hastings, will begin in August. Construction is scheduled start in the spring of 2015 and the hospital should be finished in 2017.
The project should cost about $70 million total, Pennock says.
The release said the project has been in the works since 2007, but was put hold until 2013 due to “economic instability” and the “unknown implications of Health Reform.” Pennock decided to build the new hospital as part of its 2013-2015 master plan.
“A new facility designed around state-of-the-art services and modern patient care delivery provides optimum care for our patients. It will also provide a facility and care options that will be a huge draw for healthcare talent we wish to recruit to our area,” Pennock Chief of Staff Dr. James Horton said in a statement.
The current Pennock Hospital is in Hastings, and the health organization has an urgent care in Hastings and several smaller facilities across West Michigan.
But the main facility is beginning to age, Pennock said.
“The aging facilities, systems, and underlying infrastructure simply did not point to the current facility being a viable alternative going forward,” Pennoch Health Services CEO Sheryl Lewis Blake said in a statement. “The cost, time, and inconvenience for our patients and their families would simply be too prohibitive to consider any major renovations at the current location.”
The current Pennock Hospital will be redeveloped into “a more residential-like enterprise” — but its precise functions have not yet been determined. One possible use for it would be as a hospice facility.
Pennock is planning an opportunity for the community to check out plans for the new facility at M-37 and M-43 this summer, after they are completed.