Michigan Medicine approves plans for $920M inpatient hospital

A rendering of the new 12-story inpatient hospital proposed for construction by Michigan Medicine (Michigan Medicine)

Michigan Medicine plans to build a new $920 million inpatient hospital with 264 private rooms capable of converting to intensive care rooms.

The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based health system announced it received approval from the University of Michigan Board of Regents for the project, which officials said would "transform medical and surgical care at the academic medical center."

Plans for the 12-story hospital also include co-locating a neurological and neurosurgical center and offering high-level, specialty care services for cardiovascular and thoracic patients along with advanced imaging. 

It is expected to be completed in fall 2024.

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“We are proud to be at the forefront of innovation with a new hospital that will support the extraordinary work of our faculty, nurses and other providers and our research community,” said Marschall Runge, M.D., executive vice president of medical affairs for the University of Michigan, CEO of Michigan Medicine and dean of the medical school.

The new building was designed to exceed energy efficiency standards and with lean principles for the efficiency of flow and responsiveness to user needs.  

The 690,000-square-foot hospital will provide more access to care for adult patients at Michigan Medicine, where current hospital facilities often operate at more than 90% capacity, officials said.

The creation of the new inpatient hospital will allow the relocation of 110 beds in semiprivate rooms at the existing University Hospital, making all inpatient beds at Michigan Medicine single private rooms. After construction of the new rooms and relocation of the existing beds, the project will add a total of 154 new beds to the medical campus.

The building will be constructed adjacent to the Frankel Cardiovascular Center, with plans for bridge and tunnel connections to existing inpatient care facilities. Planning for incremental parking, transportation and road improvements is underway.

In 2018, Michigan Medicine opened a new 140,000-square-foot $160 million pathology facility where it consolidated six different labs under a single roof. It said the project is aimed at providing more timely diagnoses to patients and improving clinical care while ultimately saving money. In 2011, Michigan Medicine opened the 12-story C.S. Mott Children's Hospital inpatient tower with 348 patient beds.