$25 Million Plan Aims to Grow Future Health of Livingston County

July 10, 2014

$25 Million Plan Aims to Grow Future Health of Livingston County

7/10/14 - Saint Joseph Mercy Health System has announced a $25 (m) million revitalization program as part of a long-range plan designed to improve the patient experience and reduce overall cost of care. A renovated St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital in Howell will remain at its Byron Road location while work has already begun to upgrade the medical-surgical units, emergency room and Senior ER. A new short stay service at St. Joseph Mercy Brighton will provide overnight care for out-patients who require extended treatment and recovery. 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. Construction is expected to begin early 2015. Rob Casalou is the President and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston Hospitals and says the new delivery approach is the future of health care and the investment confirms the decision around four years of planning and analysis about a new location for the hospital. However, instead of building a new facility from the ground up, Casalou says the plan is to create new patient care models that help contain costs while providing the same high quality care. He tells WHMI they’ve been somewhat quiet about plans for the past few years because of everything going on with healthcare from the Affordable Care Act, the movement of population health and real changes but it gave them time to properly analyze future needs of the community. Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is currently the only full-service health care provider in Livingston County but development in the area is bringing both change and options. The announcement comes not long after St. John Providence Health System closed on the old Latson Road Elementary property and clarified plans to construct an ambulatory care facility at that location. (JM)

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