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U-M regents approve design, issuing bids, contracts for new health center in Brighton

$175 million center to offer more than 40 medical services, improve access for patients

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan Health System’s plans to construct a new 297,000-square-foot health center in Brighton moved forward with the U-M Board of Regents approval Thursday of schematic design and authorization to issue bids and award contracts.

The $175 million ambulatory care facility will be built in Brighton south of Challis Road on 32 acres owned by the University of Michigan Health System. This project will improve community access to health care, including an enhanced and comprehensive set of patient care services for  Livingston County communities.  

At the meeting Thursday, the UM Board of Regents approved the schematic design along with UMHS’ request to issue bids and award contracts for excavation and grading, construction of parking lots and roadways and on-site utility work. This proposed work represents $6.8 million of the total project budget.

The Regents also received a design rendering of a multi-story brick building.

UMHS already operates three existing health centers in the Livingston County area. The new building will be close to UMHS’ current Brighton Health Center at 8001 Challis Road. The Kellogg Eye Center of Brighton is at 5720 Whitmore Lake Road. The Howell Pediatric and Teen Clinic is located at 711 Byron Road.  All of the existing facilities will remain open.

“We are happy to move forward with this exciting opportunity to bring world-class medical care to the Brighton area community,” says Connie Standiford, M.D., executive medical director of the University of Michigan Medical Group.

The new Brighton health center is expected to house more than 40 University of Michigan specialty services to children and adults.

The new facility will include adult and pediatric specialty care, infusion, a comprehensive musculoskeletal center, sleep lab, ambulatory diagnostic and treatment center, comprehensive oncology care, operating rooms, short stay unit, medical procedure unit, pharmacy, radiology, and lab services.

Surface parking is planned on site.

Construction is expected to be complete in summer 2018, and the project is expected to provide an average of 125 on-site construction jobs.

 “Visits to our clinic have now reached more than 2.3 million visits per year. Our goal is to increase access and make it easier for our patients to get the care they need,” says Jeanne Rizzo, U-M’s Medical Group chief operating officer.

UMHS has been consistently working to improve patient access and has opened several new facilities that increased clinical capacity, including Northville Health Center, which provides primary and specialty care closer to home for patients in metro Detroit.  

UMHS also has announced plans for the construction of a 75,000-square-foot health center on the west side of Ann Arbor. That $46 million project is expected to open in 2017.

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