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Regents approve $498M plan
to replace C.S. Mott hospitals

For nearly 40 years, the C.S. Mott Children's and Women's hospitals collectively have provided specialized care to hundreds of thousands of patients as they've grown through the earliest stages of pregnancy and childhood, and well into their young adult years.

To ensure that future generations of children and women from across Michigan, the United States and around the world will continue to have the same access to the highest quality medical care, the time has come for the hospitals to grow.
The surface parking lot south of the Taubman Center and parking deck is the proposed site for the new children's and women's hospital. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

The Board of Regents April 21 approved a $498 million state-of-the-art building project to replace the facility that currently houses the hospitals, and appointed the architectural firm of HKS Architects to design it.

The 1-million-square-foot C.S. Mott Children's and Women's Hospital Replacement Project is needed to meet increasing patient demand and accommodate future research, education and clinical care innovations. It will be funded through philanthropy and hospital reserves.

Through the University-wide $2.5 billion The Michigan Difference campaign, the U-M Health System (UMHS) already has raised nearly $35 million toward the project, including a $25 million grant from the Flint-based C.S. Mott Foundation, a $4 million grant from the Carls Foundation, and more than $500,000 through the sale of "M GO BLUE for Mott" wristbands.

UMHS plans to continue its successful fund-raising campaign, led by Regent David Brandon and his wife, Jan, and head football coach Lloyd Carr and his wife, Laurie, for the duration of the building project.

Since the Mott and Women's hospitals opened in 1969 and 1950 respectively, patient care, research and medical technology have made extraordinary advances. During the past four years alone, both hospitals have grown tremendously in the number of patients seen and faculty employed, making the need for a newer facility that much more profound, says Dr. Robert P. Kelch, executive vice president for medical affairs.

"Just like a child grows out of infancy into adolescence and a teen matures into adulthood, Mott and Women's hospitals have outgrown their current structure," says Kelch, who was in his last year of medical residency training in general pediatrics at the Medical School when Mott opened in 1969.

"This is a very exciting time in the U-M Health System's history, and a proud moment in my professional career at U-M, to see this project realized. We're now on solid ground to build a modern, flexible and adaptable facility for the 21st century that will enable us to enhance research and provide the highest standard of care to our patients for many more years to come."

With plans to be located on the "Terrace Site," the surface parking lot south of Taubman Health Center, the proposed facility will keep the hospitals at the forefront of clinical care, research and medical education, and provide the space needed to meet soaring patient demands for care, says Patricia A. Warner, associate hospital director for children's and women's services.

"For decades, U-M has been committed to providing newborns, children and pregnant women in the community and throughout the state with the best health care possible. And to this day, Mott and Women's hospitals' expertise in family-centered patient care, combined with research, education and the development of tertiary care specialties, are virtually unmatched in Michigan," Warner says. "So this is much more than just a bricks and mortar project—it's an investment in our patients' health today, the education of our future doctors and Michigan's health care services."

Increased patient demand, coupled with major advances in medicine and technology, has placed a noticeable strain on the aging facility during the years—and Mott and Women's currently struggle to keep up due to space and structural limitations.

In fiscal year 2004 alone, 11,519 children were admitted to or born at the facility—a far cry from the 3,500 in the hospital's first year. In addition, there were 350,000 outpatient visits by children and infants to clinics in 2004, compared with 25,000 annually in the late 1960s.

In addition, demand for pediatric surgical services has increased an average of 5 percent to 10 percent each year, and deliveries at the Women's Hospital Birth Center have doubled in the past decade.

The expanded facility will provide a new and larger home for inpatient and outpatient services within the current Mott Hospital, the world-renowned Michigan Congenital Heart Center, the Birth Center and the Holden Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

It will be designed with room and flexibility for today's care and tomorrow's medical advances, and provide more comfortable and attractive facilities for patients and families, while increasing privacy and capacity. The facility also includes plans for wireless and paperless operations.

Specifically 775,000 square feet will be designated for inpatient space, 225,000 square feet to clinic and office space, and about 90,000 square feet of shell space will be in place for future growth and expansion. While a final bed count has yet to be determined, the new facility plans include private rooms with special air handling equipment for immuno-compromised patients, and designated space for patients with infectious diseases. Currently, 240 beds are allocated to the Mott and Women's hospitals.

The proposed facility will further enhance UMHS specialty services for newborns, children and pregnant women not offered anywhere else in Michigan, such as the pediatric liver transplant program, the Level I Pediatric Trauma Program, the Pediatric and Adolescent Home Ventilator Program, and the Craniofacial Anomalies Program, high-risk pregnancy services and specialty gynecological services. Once the building project is complete, the existing Mott hospital will be used to benefit the entire Health System, primarily adult services.

A long-term strategy for UMHS is being developed to address the need for additional patient parking and the displacement of staff spaces due to the building project.

To learn more about the fund-raising campaign and the new building project, visit

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