Beaumont, Farmington Hills to Open New Emergency Center, Surgical Suite, Critical Care Unit

Beaumont, Farmington Hills will open a new emergency center, surgical suite, and critical care unit in March as part of a $160-million expansion and renovation.
Beaumont, Farmington Hills
Beaumont, Farmington Hills will open a new emergency center, surgical suite, and critical care unit in March as part of its $160-million expansion and renovation. // Photo courtesy of Beaumont Health

Beaumont, Farmington Hills will open a new emergency center, surgical suite, and critical care unit in March as part of a $160-million expansion and renovation.

The hospital’s new East Pavilion now houses an advanced emergency and level-II trauma center, as well as the surgical suite. The critical care unit has been built into the new South Tower.

“This ambitious project helps ensure the campus continues to fulfill our vision of providing high-value and high-quality health care,” says David Claeys, president of Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills. “We have an excellent team here, and I look forward to helping Beaumont, Farmington Hills become the community’s top choice for hospital-based care.”

The critical care unit will house severely ill or injured patients who need constant care and close supervision. The 20-bed unit has large private patient rooms designed to accommodate loved ones. Glass doors allow staff to monitor patients, and the space also includes a family friendly waiting room and private family consultation room. It is slated to open March 7.

The third-floor surgical suite will have nine operating rooms featuring robots to help perform precise operations, as well as touch-screen displays to provide immediate access to medical records, vital signs, X-rays, and MRIs.

From the operating table, surgeons will have the capability to control medical equipment, lights, and images shown on wall monitors. They also will have access to patient information and reference materials, and surgeons will be able to capture images throughout procedures and save them to patients’ medical records. The suite is scheduled to open March 13.

The new emergency center is on the first floor and has 39 enclosed universal treatment rooms to increase privacy. Some of these rooms are “fast track” and offer expedited care for patients with minor injuries and illnesses. The level II trauma center has three trauma bays connected by an open walkway, so staff has visibility of and access to multiple patients.

“We provide a patient and family centered environment with accommodations and advanced medical technology that better support the high-quality emergency care consumers expect from Beaumont,” says Dr. Sanford Vieder, chair of emergency medicine and director of the emergency center. “We think of the EC as our hospital’s front door where most first impressions are formed and want people to have a positive experience here.”

The expansion is still underway and is expected to be complete in 2020. It will encompass more than 193,000 square feet of new construction and more than 61,500 square feet of renovated existing space. In summer, the new South Tower will open and include 80 private rooms, the hospital’s main entrance and reception area, and nursing units for orthopedics, oncology, respiratory care, surgery, rehabilitation, and women’s services.

Later this year, an all-new area called the observation unit will feature 19 private medical observation rooms on the first floor for patients with symptoms such as chest pain, congestive heart failure, and asthma.

In 2020, the renovated space that housed the previous emergency and trauma center will reopen and offer 58 universal treatment rooms. The overall footprint of the center will be nearly triple of what it was before the expansion and renovation. Patient capacity will increase from 65,000 to 88,000 annually.

In the same year, 27 private perioperative patient rooms and a larger modern surgical waiting room will increase privacy and comfort for patients and families.

Connie O’Malley, who presided over the hospital during the previous three years of construction, was recently promoted to lead all of Beaumont Health’s outpatient services.

“As the only hospital located in Farmington Hills and serving the neighboring communities of northwest Detroit, Farmington, Livonia, Novi, Redford, Southfield, West Bloomfield, and beyond, Beaumont, Farmington Hills is uniquely positioned to care for a very diverse population,” says O’Malley. “The hospital serves as a major economic engine and the largest employer in Farmington Hills. The Farmington-Farmington Hills area continues to enjoy a commercial renaissance, and the hospital’s expansion and renovation help cement the communities’ revitalization.”

The hospital is investing $150 million in the expansion, which is the largest to the campus in more than 20 years. Donations will make up the remaining $10 million.

Beaumont Health also offers emergency services at its seven other hospitals in metro Detroit as well as at a freestanding emergency center in Canton Township.

Beaumont’s construction and design partners in the project include HKS Architects, Plante Moran CRESA Real Estate Consultants, Barton Malow, and AIM Construction Inc.

The new emergency and trauma center, operating rooms, critical care, and private patient rooms will be open for public tours from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. There will be activities and demonstrations for attendees of all ages, and hospital workers will be available to answer questions. Free valet parking and refreshments will be offered.

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