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A representation of the $ 450 million McLaren hospital photographed on Monday, December 4, 2017, at the University Club in East Lansing . (Photo: Nick King / Lansing State Journal) Buy photo

LANSING – McLaren Greater Lansing will consolidate operations at its two South Lansing facilities in a $ 450 million hospital on what was once land farm near Michigan State University, the hospital announced Monday.

"We will only have one chance to do this," said McLaren Greater Lansing president and CEO Tom Mee, "and it's up and running." a unique opportunity in life to have the freedom to spend this kind of money and design something from scratch. "

The new health care campus will be developed on land acquired from the MSU Foundation at the University of the Corporate Research Park foundation between Collins Road and US 127 south of Forest Road.

Work on the project will begin in spring and should be completed by 2021. The new campus will be paid through bonuses, Mee said.

The move will solidify the hospital's relationship with MSU, Mee said, adding that the new school will allow the school and the hospital to work more closely together. research and education programs, he said.

Having a "21st century place designed for 21st century medicine so that our students can learn, so that our teachers can provide clinical care, so that our students can participate in another way , that's really cool, "said MSU president Lou Anna Simon in a formal announcement Monday afternoon at the University Club of MSU," but the The real added value in this badociation with the university is knowledge and the generation of knowledge ".

MSU will continue to work with hospitals throughout the state despite the improved partnership with McLaren, Simon said.

"It is our philosophy to be deeply immersed in the communities," he said.

The new facilities will help bridge the gap between what is done now in health care and how health professionals expect to treat patients in the future, Norman said. Beauchamp, dean of the Faculty of Human Medicine of MSU.

"Our ability to participate in the transformation of health is what really excites me," he said.

The new campus will also be a great help to the recruiting efforts of both the university and McLaren, Mee said.

"Unless [prospective employees] has roots in this area, it is difficult to recruit out of state," he said. "But when you take on the appeal of a new intensive care hospital adjacent to a Big Ten university campus and increase research efforts, it becomes a magnet for people who may not have previously considered the Lansing region."

McLaren Health Care CEO and President Philip Incarnati echoed Mee, saying the partnership with MSU will allow the hospital to compete nationally for employees . 19659008] The consolidation of the hospital in a facility will also create efficiencies and improve communication for patients and staff, he said.

"Employees can expect this installation to be carried out and their work is easier," he said. "It will create more than one incentive to be at work every day."

McLaren will lead focus groups with patients, their families and community members to get feedback on how to better design the new facilities.

McLaren Health Care has pondered moving or rehabilitating its Lansing campuses for more than a decade, Mee said. The hospital began talking about approaching MSU two and a half years ago, he said.

The new campus will have 240 beds, a cancer center and an ambulatory care center. McLaren expects to add about 80 employees when the campus opens and fill about 75 current vacancies. McLaren Greater Lansing has about 2,000 employees.

Approximately 2,500 one-year jobs will be created during the construction process.

The new facility will be nine stories high and will have 18 operating rooms, according to current plans.

David Washburn, executive director of the MSU Foundation, declined to say what, in any case, McLaren paid for the property.

The mayor of Lansing, Virg Bernero, told the crowd in Monday's announcement that "Christmas has come early" for Lansing.

"This could have been a great loss, capturing [McLaren] and keeping them in the city is huge," he said, adding that the new hospital is an economic victory for the city and a sign that Lansing's economy is strong. and it's worth investing in it.

McLaren Greater Lansing was formerly known as Ingham Regional Medical Center. The board of directors of the hospital decided in 1997 to become a subsidiary of McLaren Health Care Corporation, based in Grand Blanc. At that time, the move was characterized as an effort to improve facilities and compete with Sparrow Health. System.

The hospital, which was founded in 1913, changed its name in 2012 to reflect its new property.


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