Trinity Health Michigan has finalized plans to build a replacement hospital in Livingston County that will enlarge its existing medical center in Genoa Township.
Trinity Health’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the three-year project with a budget of $238.2 million. The Board’s Dec. 7 vote caps a multi-year effort to relocate inpatient and outpatient services from the aging Trinity Health Livingston hospital in Howell to the campus of Trinity Health Medical Center – Brighton.
“I’m really excited for patients and their families, those who will benefit most from a new state-of-the-art hospital in Livingston County,” said Rob Casalou, president and CEO of Trinity Health Michigan and Southeast Regions. “I commend the Trinity Health Board of Directors, hospital President John O’Malley and the entire Trinity Health Livingston leadership team for their tireless advocacy of this project. With all the challenges and distractions of the last three years, the commitment of our local leaders to this project has never wavered and, because of their efforts, we are now in a position to break ground.”
Ground is expected to be broken in early 2023 on what will become a four-story, 174,000-square-foot hospital consisting of 56 acuity adaptable beds, 18 existing Short Stay Unit beds, and eight licensed operating rooms.
The existing medical center facility will also undergo extensive renovations.
The completed facility is slated to open in 2025 and will feature acuity-adaptable patient rooms that officials say will bring care to the patient rather than requiring the patient to be transferred to other units of care. Acuity-adaptable rooms can accommodate medical, surgical and intermediate care (also called step-down) from one centralized room throughout the patient’s stay, from admission to discharge.
“Adding inpatient care to our Brighton campus provides opportunities to integrate services in one location within a modern care environment designed to meet the changing needs of our community,” said John O’Malley, president of Trinity Health Livingston and Trinity Health Medical Center – Brighton. “A new hospital enhances medical services from an easily accessible location, delivered by exceptional providers our patients have come to know and trust.”
The new hospital will offer a variety of medical services including Primary Care, General Medicine, Gynecological Surgery, Urology, Cardiology & Intensive Cardiac Rehab, Orthopedics, Minimally Invasive General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery and Oncology.
“Trinity Health Livingston is blessed to be part of an integrated, nationwide health system, which offers local residents a wealth of resources and support close to home,” said Alonzo Lewis, president of Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Trinity Health Livingston. “In the event higher acuity care is required, our clinical team at Trinity Health Ann Arbor works seamlessly with the team in Livingston to ensure patients receive the timely, high-quality care they need.”
A fundraising goal of $5 million has been established to support the new Trinity Health Livingston hospital. Community and Trinity Health Michigan leaders participated in a fundraising feasibility study conducted in early 2022, which demonstrated the value placed on a community hospital as a vital, local resource.
A philanthropic campaign will be revealed in the coming months to support the new hospital and build on past giving for specialty care such as the Warren R. and Lauraine A. Hoensheid Cancer Center, an Emergency Room, Breast Health Services, Surgical Services, Diabetes Prevention, and Care for the Underserved Fund.
Though future plans for the existing Trinity Health Livingston hospital in Howell have not yet been determined, Trinity Health Michigan says it is “committed to ensuring that the space continues to be a vibrant part of the Howell community. As those details are determined, the public will be notified.”
You can follow the project’s progress at: www.trinityhealthmichigan.org/NewLivingstonHospital.