Just two years since breaking ground on the $291 million, 10-story, 267-bed medical center, Mercy Health is nearing the completion of the first of three phases on the Mercy Campus at 1500 East Sherman Boulevard in Muskegon. Opening in mid-November are the surgical suites, main lobby, chapel, coffee shop, Gift Shoppe and the Fazakerley Family Emergency Center.
Mercy Health colleagues and early campaign supporters were invited to tour the space at a private open house on Oct. 29. Additionally, the Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, Bishop of Grand Rapids, blessed the Catholic health ministry’s new Divine Mercy Chapel. In keeping with its faith-based mission to heal mind, body and spirit, the Chapel will offer people of all faith traditions a dedicated space where they can experience the merciful and healing love of Jesus.
“This milestone represents years of careful design, logistical planning and collaboration that will create the highest-quality patient care experience for the Muskegon community,” said Gary Allore, president of Mercy Health Muskegon. “The patient remained at the center of every feature designed for the new medical center and now we’re finally able to see those aspects come to fruition.”
The new tower is set to open in three phases: Phase one is the most intricate, involving two of the hospital’s critically important departments – Emergency Medicine and Surgical Intervention. Phase two will open in the spring, with the third and final phase following in late 2019. This phase will include completion of the 10-story medical tower and renovation of the existing structure. During all phases of construction, the Mercy Campus remains open for emergency care, surgery, inpatient and additional health care services.
The Hackley Campus remains open and fully functional, and will continue to operate as the community’s main trauma center until late 2019 when all hospital services will move to the Mercy Campus. “If patients are experiencing an emergency, they should dial 911 and allow our experienced EMS colleagues to determine where their treatment should be performed,” said Tom Schmiedeknecht, president of ProMed.
When complete, the system’s health care model will be transformed through a new and unique, 74-bed Universal Care Unit. The Universal Care Unit is a patient-centered care model that will provide private rooms for outpatients who do not require inpatient hospitalization but who need care for several hours.
“At Mercy Health, our goal is to offer the most compassionate, personalized and accessible high-quality health care for the Muskegon community,” said Frank Bednarek, board chairperson for Mercy Health in Muskegon. “Coming together in this new space is certainly a milestone to celebrate.”
In 2017, Mercy Health announced adding a tenth floor (the project originally called for nine) for future use as a medical/surgical floor and to create additional bed capacity to accommodate increasing patient volumes. The venture was made possible through an investment by Mercy Health’s parent organization, Trinity Health, which is the second-largest Catholic health care system in the United States.
At the groundbreaking ceremony in 2016, a significant philanthropic campaign effort was announced. The “imagine. build. TRANSFORM” campaign is seeking to secure $12.5 million to support the new medical center. “Through the generosity of our early campaign supporters, to date, we have secured more than $10.6 million in gifts and pledges, and are well on our way to meeting our goal,” said Claudine Weber, chief philanthropy officer for Mercy Health Muskegon.
“As a not-for-profit health care organization, Mercy Health’s medical teams stand ready to provide life-saving care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year—for every person in our community, regardless of their ability to pay. This is why my wife Christine and I are proud to support this campaign,” said Mark Fazakerley, co-owner of Eagle Alloy, Inc., board member and Philanthropy Council chair. The Fazakerley’s lead gift helped build the new facility and the Fazakerley Family Emergency Center is named in their honor.
The public campaign rollout phase will be announced in mid-November and will run through 2019.