Mercy Health to break ground on new Muskegon hospital

A rendering of a portion of the $271 million project slated for Mercy Health Muskegon's campus. (April 21, 2016)

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Mercy Health Muskegon will break ground on its new nine-story hospital on Tuesday.

The $271 million medical center will be located at the same site as the existing Mercy Health hospital on 1500 E. Sherman Boulevard in Muskegon.

Even though the hospital will be new, Mercy Health Muskegon is actually reducing the number of beds they have in Muskegon from 408 to 267. Mercy Health says that is because fewer people are being admitted for hospital stays in the area.

Mercy Health Muskegon says the new medical center will inject more than $140 million into the local economy and create around 1,500 short-term construction jobs.

Officials say the new hospital will allow them to consolidate their Muskegon operations. Mercy Health not only operates the current hospital along Sherman Boulevard but another hospital, Mercy Heath Hackley, about three miles away. Mercy Health says the new facility will take care of inpatient care and the Hackley location will be transitioned into outpatient care and an urgent care facility.

A unique feature of the new facility will be its universal care units. Patients will have private room where all their consultations and sometimes even operations will take place.
All specialists and tests will be conducted in the patient’s room versus the patient being transported around the hospital for necessary care.

The facility is expected to open in June 2019.

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