McLaren Macomb in Mount Clemens has broken ground on the Wayne and Joan Webber Emergency and Trauma Center. The $68-million project is the first phase of a larger project that will culminate in a new six-story Northwest Tower.
The center is slated to begin operation in early 2020.
“There is a need in our community for a state-of-the-art emergency and trauma center, and with the support and assistance of many people, we will soon be able to provide one,” says Tom Brisse, president and CEO of McLaren Macomb. “Trends show that the need for emergency care in Macomb County will continue to grow for many years to come, and we are proud to be in the position to meet that growing need.”
The new department increases its existing square footage to 43,735, which is more than double its current capacity. It also affords room to add up to three trauma bays, multiple ambulance entrances, and separate waiting rooms and entrances for high- and low-acuity patients and families.
“This is a tremendous investment in the future of our community’s health and well-being,” says Mark Hackel, Macomb County executive. “Over the years, McLaren Macomb has demonstrated its proficiency in emergency and trauma care. And with the need for care continuing to grow, it’s a comfort knowing they are growing as well.”
The emergency department will occupy the ground floor. Phase one of the construction will include a learning, training, and recreation graduate medical education center on the lower level for the more than 100 resident and fellowship physicians.
The top four stories of the tower are slated to be kept open for future construction and expansions. Current plans include a surgical suite on the second floor, 32 intensive care unit beds on the fourth floor, and 32 private patient beds on the fifth and sixth floors.
The trauma center will be the biggest in the county. McLaren Macomb is a 288-bed acute care hospital with more than 400 physicians and nearly 2,000 employees.