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Posted on Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 8:55 a.m.

New C.S. Mott Children's Hospital to hold public open house on Sunday

By Kellie Woodhouse


A playroom at the new C.S. Mott Children's and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital.

The University of Michigan's new, $754 million C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital is hosting a public open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6.

It will be the first, and likely last, chance the public gets to explore the 12 floor, 1.1 million-square-foot facility. The hospital is replacing the current Mott building, which was built in 1969 and is now considered antiquated.

The new hospital is the most expensive endeavor in U-M history and one of the costliest projects in the state.

The open house will include several family-friendly events, including a scavenger hunt for children and visits with therapy dogs. has covered the hospital extensively, so before you stop by Sunday's event, read some of our comprehensive coverage.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.


Kai Petainen

Sun, Nov 6, 2011 : 5:43 p.m.

Awesome open house! UM, Ann Arbor, the state of Michigan, should be quite proud! I went to the open house, and the build is quite amazing. (i'll give a few photos/thoughts/later)

Mattie O'Brien

Sun, Nov 6, 2011 : 3:20 p.m.

Thinking of going to check it out...but it's a bittersweet idea for happy for today's children, and still feel sad for yesteryear's....when I was a child, the even the very BEST children's hospitals in the country had only a closet of old toys and the inevitable copy of Curious George Goes To the Hospital as a "playroom"...and metal cages, yes,-- like dog or monkey cages, for children. Padded hand and foot cuff restraints...I feel so envious and yet so estatic for today's children.

Kara Gavin

Sun, Nov 6, 2011 : 11:37 a.m.

We can't wait to show the new hospital off to the community! If you are coming today, please park at one of the parking structures marked with yellow stars on this map: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> . Parking is free today. Then, walk to the entrance of the building marked with a blue star - the Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB) on the corner of Zina Pitcher and Ann. There, you and your family can start your experience with some fun activities before boarding a free U-M shuttle bus to the new hospital. Please don't try to park at other parking structures on the medical campus - we need to keep those open for patients and visitors at the current Mott/Women's, University Hospital, Cardiovascular Center and other facilities. Even if you walk or bike over to today's event, please come to the BSRB first, to get on the bus to the new hospital! Thanks, and enjoy the day - Kara Gavin U-M Health System Public Relations

Kai Petainen

Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 9:02 p.m.

Timelapse of the moon setting over the CS Mott Hospital last night. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 6:02 p.m.

We went to the Creator's Preview event this morning and the new hospital is breathtaking. The kids deserve this beautiful space! I encourage everyone who has some free time to go tomorrow and tour this wonderful hospital. We will forever be grateful to all who work at Mott- especially the Michigan Congenital Heart Center team and the staff on 5 East. We know what it's like to have Mott be our second home and this will really lift the spirits of the families who spend a lot of time there. A lot of thought and hard work went into this hospital.