DETROIT (June 8, 2021) – When a new hospital was built in Clinton Township in the 1970s, the area surrounding it was a large swath of farmland and M-59 was a two-lane road. Fast forward to today and that same hospital – now prominently known as Henry Ford Macomb Hospital – is marking a new milestone as an economic engine for Macomb County.
Henry Ford Macomb, part of the Henry Ford Health System, is undergoing the largest expansion and renovation in its history with a new five-story, 225,000-square-foot addition featuring 160 private patient rooms that can be converted to manage critically ill patients on par with an Intensive Care Unit. Inpatient units in the existing hospital will also be renovated to create spacious private rooms.
Once completed, the project will transform the hospital campus for years to come as the county’s first hospital to provide all 361 of its licensed beds as private rooms for the safety and convenience of patients.
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The $318 million expansion and renovation represent the largest healthcare investment in the county’s history by a health system. In 2018, Henry Ford Macomb opened the county’s first hybrid operating room as part of a $37 million surgical, interventional and cardiac catheterization lab investment.
The project was announced at an outdoor ceremony today near the site of what for now is being called the North Tower, which will be connected to the existing hospital with walkways above the current north entrance.
Senior leaders from the health system were joined by leaders from Henry Ford Macomb, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and other dignitaries at the ceremony, which was limited to 50 invited guests in attendance because of the pandemic. The hospital is the third largest for beds among Henry Ford’s five acute-care hospitals.
Henry Ford Health President and CEO Wright Lassiter III said the expansion represents the “culmination of a vision” of Henry Ford Macomb and community leaders.
“When I joined Henry Ford almost seven years ago, it was easy for me to see the passion and commitment of our Henry Ford Macomb hospital and community leaders. Through the years, they shared with me their broad vision for transforming healthcare for this community,” Lassiter said. “Their confidence has been easily anchored by deep community connections, educational partnerships, treatment innovations and a tireless will to ensure great medical care and outcomes.”
Site work began April 5 and construction on the expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Barton Malow/Dixon is the construction firm and AECOM is managing the architectural and engineering design. The project is being financed by Henry Ford capital funding and philanthropic donations. No CARES Act relief funding was allocated for the project.