CHEBOYGAN – McLaren Northern Michigan President and CEO David Zechman previewed a 5-year major expansion project the hospital is undertaking in Petoskey at a business leader forum held at the McLaren Northern Michigan Cheboygan Campus on Tuesday.
Some of the highlights of the expansion include the addition of 92 private patient rooms, 12 observation beds, and new operating rooms, one of which is a hybrid suite.
Intensive care unit beds will increase from 18 to 24, and over 45 current patient rooms will be converted to private. Some of the rooms will be able to be converted back to semi-private if needed.
The project will also include a redesign of the current main entrance along with the construction of a new entrance, family waiting rooms on every floor, and redesigned landscaping that will blend in with the natural landscape of northern Michigan.
Overall, the project will create 170,000 square feet of additional space at the campus.
Zechman said the expansion will cost $125-$170 million, which will be financed through philanthropy and debt.
Zechman also talked about McLaren’s emergency department in Cheboygan.
“Our patient service scores for the emergency room here in Cheboygan is in the 90th percentile when we compare versus 1,500 hospitals in our database,” said Zechman. “That is outstanding. In my 35 years in health care, one of the hardest areas for service score for patients is in the emergency room. To be that high, in the 90th percentile, that means only 10 percent of those hospitals that we compare ourselves to have better scores…
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