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A beam signing ceremony signaled the official start of construction on the new Children’s Hospital of Michigan in the heart of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Midtown Detroit campus. Patients, their families, community members, and DMC executives and staff joined the celebration, inscribing messages and well wishes on the 1.65 ton beam, which was placed as the cornerstone of this project.
Designed by Shepley Bulfinch, the new Children’s Hospital of Michigan will house pediatric researchers, clinicians and innovators in heart health, emergency medicine, critical care, neonatology, hematology/oncology, nephrology and other disciplines.
The foundation will be a new 248,800 square foot, six-story tower that will house the latest in emergency, surgical, critical care and radiology services. A new family-friendly main entrance and lobby will feature dramatic two-story ceilings, and an 8,842 square-foot curved wall of rainbow-colored glass, one of a number of features to delight and engage young patients.
The new hospital’s lean integrated facility design process incorporated feedback from patients and their families, employees and medical staff. “This process will ensure we create the best possible experience for everyone who touches the patient in this new facility,” said Children’s Hospital of Michigan CEO Larry Gold.
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