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Friday, January 20, 2012

UMHS launches plan for Northville Township health center

The U-M Health System will expand its primary and specialty patient care in Metro Detroit with construction of a health center in Northville Township, an area of growth and vitality in Michigan.

The Board of Regents approved the $39 million project during its meeting Thursday. The expansion site is near the intersection of Seven Mile Road and Haggerty Road, near U-M's existing Livonia Center for Specialty Care.

With its sights set on providing care for patients in their own community, the U-M facility will include 100,000 square feet of clinical and diagnostic space dedicated to caring for adults and children.

"The care provided by the University of Michigan Health System is consistently ranked among the nation's best, and with this project we have the opportunity to bring that care closer to home for patients who live in that part of Wayne County," says Doug Strong, chief executive officer of the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers.

Following approval by the regents, planning will begin in March for the opening of the Northville Township health center in 2014.

"We strive to create the ideal patient care experience and part of that experience is convenience," says Jeanne Rizzo, executive director of Ambulatory Care Services for UMHS. "With this expansion, we will be able to provide additional services, as well as UMHS expertise and quality care, in the Northville area."

In addition to primary and specialty care, the Health System's newest health center is expected to offer a musculoskeletal program designed to care for bones, joints and muscles; eye care for adults and children; radiology services such as diagnostic imaging, bone ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging; infusion for cancer and non-cancer treatment; and a medical procedure unit.

"The expanded clinical programs made possible by the new location will further support the existing Livonia Center for Specialty Care," says Dr. David Spahlinger, the senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the Medical School.

U-M's Faculty Group Practice, a physician group that includes more than 1,600 members, manages 1.8 million patient visits at outpatient clinics throughout Southeast Michigan.

The system continues to grow to meet the needs of today's patients and researchers, opening the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital in December, the Brehm Tower at the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center in February 2010, and expanding its research capacity with the addition of the North Campus Research Complex in June 2009.

For the past 17 years, U-M has been named to the honor roll of America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report, and last year U-M also was ranked No. 1 in the Detroit metropolitan area.