University of Michigan to Build $920M, 12-story Adult Inpatient Hospital in Ann Arbor by 2024

The University of Michigan will build a new, $920 million, 12-story adult hospital in Ann Arbor – scheduled for completion by 2024 – that will increase patient access and transform medical and surgical care at the university’s academic medical center.
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U-M plans to build a $920 million, 12-story hospital. It is scheduled for completion in 2024. // Photo courtesy of University of Michigan

The University of Michigan will build a new, $920 million, 12-story adult hospital in Ann Arbor – scheduled for completion by 2024 – that will increase patient access and transform medical and surgical care at the university’s academic medical center.

The new 690,000-square-foot facility will have 264 private rooms capable of converting to intensive care, a state-of-the-art neurological and neurosurgical center, high-level, specialty care services for cardiovascular and thoracic patients, along with advanced imaging. Locating these services together will enable healthcare providers to quickly respond to complex cases and deliver the most up-to-date treatments.

When completed, the new hospital will provide more access to care for adult patients at Michigan Medicine, where current hospital facilities often operate at more than 90 percent capacity.

“We are proud to be at the forefront of innovation with a new hospital that will support the extraordinary work of our faculty, nurses, and other providers and our research community,” says Dr. Marschall Runge, executive vice president of medical affairs for U-M, CEO of Michigan Medicine, and dean of the medical school. “It’s an investment in Michigan Medicine’s mission of advancing health to serve Michigan and the world.”

According to U-Michigan President Dr. Mark Schlissel, “The addition is crucial for our state, our university, and the millions of people who rely on us for quality advanced health care.”

The school is working with its team of architects and engineers to achieve LEED Gold status for the project. LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving “green” facilities. When completed in fall 2024, the hospital is expected to exceed current energy efficiency standards by about 20 percent compared to the state of Michigan building code for energy performance.

The new hospital was designed with lean principles for efficiency of flow and responsiveness to user needs. It will include:

  • Family spaces throughout and space for loved ones to visit in each patient room.
  • Centralized collaboration spaces in each patient area to enhance continuity of care.
  • Two floors with 20 operating rooms built with the latest technology, many larger than Michigan Medicine’s current ORs and three interventional radiology suites
  • Patient rooms that allow for more complex care, including capability for all spaces to support intensive care.

“This hospital will not only help us meet our community’s future health care needs, it will be a greater resource for other hospitals across the state, and further support and enable U-M health care providers to do their very best work,” says Dr. Shauna Ryder Diggs, a U-M regent.

When construction is complete, 110 beds from semi-private rooms at University Hospital will be moved to the new facility, ensuring that all U-M hospital rooms are private. The net result will be 154 new berds to the medical campus.

The building will be constructed adjacent to the Frankel Cardiovascular Center, with plans for bridge and tunnel connections to existing inpatient care facilities. An average of 370 on-site construction jobs is projected, and the preliminary estimate of new full-time jobs once the hospital opens is 1,600.

Planning for incremental parking, transportation, and roadway improvements is underway.

Funding for the project will be provided from Michigan Medicine resources and an ensuing philanthropic campaign.

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