Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Children’s and women’s hospitals will open one year ahead of schedule

The new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital — the largest construction project in the state and one that will create at least 500 new jobs — are opening a year ahead of schedule, in the fall of 2011.

The new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital are scheduled to open a year early, in the fall of 2011. (Photo courtesy of UMHS Public Relations)

The $754 million state-of-the-art hospital complex will feature 1.1 million square feet, and will include a nine-story tower for clinic space and a 12-story tower with 855,000 square feet devoted to inpatient care, diagnostic, procedural and treatment services.

It is located adjacent to the current University Hospital, and will include private pediatric and women’s birthing patient rooms, and a dedicated pediatric emergency room and urgent care center with Hazmat capabilities.

“We are thrilled that we will move in 2011, rather than the originally planned 2012,” says Pat Warner, executive director of Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospitals. “Planning for the opening has begun. This state-of-the-art facility will provide a compassionate environment for patients and their families in which to receive care as well as allow for growth and future medical advancements.”

The new facility is being funded by hospital reserves and philanthropy. To date, the U-M Health System has raised $69 million, which includes a $25 million gift from the Flint-based C.S. Mott Foundation and $15 million gift from the Ted and Jane Von Voigtlander Foundation. The fund-raising campaign committee is chaired by athletic director David Brandon and his wife, Jan, and former head football coach Lloyd Carr and his wife, Laurie.

“The new hospital and its advanced technology and infrastructure will allow the university to continue delivering the best care and ensure the next generation of physicians and nurses go into practice with the most advanced experience possible,” says Dr. Valerie Castle, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases.

Within the next year, more than 4,000 workers will prepare to move from the current facility to the new one. When fully open, the new hospital will have 348 beds, of which 234 are general and critical-care pediatric inpatient beds, 50 women’s beds, and 32 adult bone marrow transplant beds. An additional 32 beds will be allocated based on need. All beds will be in a single, private-room setting.

The children’s hospital will have a dedicated pediatric emergency department with a helipad on top of the 12-story tower and an elevator to provide direct access to it, as well as an urgent care center. The new emergency service for children will include 30 exam rooms.

Pediatric inpatient rooms are 300 square feet with computer and wireless access. The rooms are designed with separate patient care areas, an area where parents can stay with their child 24 hours a day, and a clinical area.

The hospital also will house 20 pediatric operating and procedure rooms, up from 11 in the current Mott Hospital, as well as private pre-op areas and a post-anesthesia recovery unit. They have been designed in anticipation of future advancements in portable imaging technology. The surgical area will feature an intraoperative suite with a magnetic resonance imaging machine and surgical capabilities, which will be operational in the fall of 2012.

“This magnificent facility will provide us with cutting-edge technology that helps us meet our needs and those of future medical advancements in the care of children and their families,” says Dr. Ron Hirschl, surgeon-in-chief at Mott Hospital.

An entire floor will be dedicated to pediatric cancer care including the bone marrow transplant program. The adult bone marrow transplant program also will be located on this floor.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for critically ill newborns will grow from 40 beds in the current Mott Hospital to 46 beds. All beds in the new NICU will be private, and will include space for parents or caregivers to stay with their child 24 hours a day.

The women’s hospital will feature 31 obstetrics and gynecology exam and procedure rooms. The Women’s Birth Center will have 50 single room maternity care beds.

“The new women’s hospital will provide unsurpassed patient care, expanded services and a new space to provide cutting edge clinical care,” said Dr. Timothy R. B. Johnson, Bates Professor of the Diseases of Women and Children and chair of obstetrics and gynecology.

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Cardio-Thoracic Unit will share a floor that includes a Ronald McDonald House within the hospital to provide short-term lodging for patient families with the most critical and urgent needs until other lodging becomes available. The area will include 12 private bedrooms with beds, showers and desks. There will be shared living rooms.

Inpatient, diagnostic, procedural and clinic services of the Michigan Congenital Heart Center, which cares for infants, children, adolescents and adults with congenital heart defects and diseases, will be co-located on one floor within the new facility.

Construction manager is Barton Malow. The firm HKS Architect, Inc. designed the complex with architecturally innovative and environmentally responsible features in accordance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System.

The new Mott Children’s Hospital includes such environmentally features as a “green” roof that filters rainfall as part of a natural storm-water management system and HEPA filters that will enhance air quality for immuno-compromised and high-risk patients.