HEALTH CARE: Mercy Hospital upgrade has $3 million price tag

CADILLAC – Mercy Hospital of Cadillac is in the midst of a $3 million fundraising campaign to renovate the Emergency and Obstetrics units.

The campaign stems directly from discussions with community members on how best to upgrade the hospital to create the most impact for area residents and to ensure high quality care for generations to come. “The facility’s improvements are based on identified community needs and will help our staff provide more personalized care for our patients,” said John MacLeod, CEO of Mercy Hospital Cadillac. “Since the OB and ER departments touch thousands of people’s lives each year, it is important to the community and the people of Mercy Hospital to have the very best resources available.”

The community is being asked to fund only $800,000 of the project’s total cost. The remainder of the funding has already been pledged. Trinity Health, Cadillac Mercy’s parent company has committed $2 million, Mercy Cadillac Auxiliary has pledged $100,000, physicians $85,000 and hospital employees $30,000.

Rita May Wright, a campaign chair, says support for the community’s hospital has been strong in the past, and that the advanced giving by Trinity, local physicians and hospital employees demonstrates a level of financial commitment not seen since the hospital’s major expansion in 1974.

The Emergency and Obstetrics units are the two most widely used areas of the hospital. According to Wright, “the renovations will allow patients more privacy, confidentiality and appropriately-dedicated care.”

FAMILY FOCUS

Obstetrics renovations will include an addition of 1,700 square feet to provide modern, family-centered maternity care. The addition of six labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms (LDRP) will enhance the interaction between mother, her baby and other family members.

Three triage beds will also be added to improve patient assessment and five private rooms will be available for patients who do not wish to utilize the LDRP rooms. The renovation allows for the centralization of OB functions into one wing of the hospital, reducing patient transfers for the more than 600 babies born at Mercy each year.

Construction on the Obstetrics unit began this past September, with a final completion targeted for the end of 2001.

GREATER PRIVACY

Emergency department renovations will add 3,600 more square feet of new, redesigned space. This will offer patients increased confidentiality at the registration area, private treatment rooms, and a triage area closer to the hospital’s clinical area. Renovations will also include a separate urgent care clinic. The construction timeline for the ER is still being determined.

Dr. Gregory Lambourne, Physician Campaign Co-Chair notes that “Mercy Hospital is the community hospital for Cadillac. Improvements in the physical plant for Obstetrics and Emergency departments will enhance the care we provide for our patients.”

Community members interested in contributing toward the hospital’s renovation campaign may contact Shannon Smith at (231) 876-7325. BN

Six elegant LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum) rooms will be added.

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