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Posted on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 : 5:57 a.m.

University of Michigan unveils plan for old Mott hospital

By Kellie Woodhouse


The old C.S. Mott hospital will be used to house more than 100 patient beds for University Hospital.

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University of Michigan is planning a $163 million conversion of the old C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital facility into an extension of the university's general hospital.

The university vacated the facility in December when it opened its new $754 million Mott hospital but was mum about concrete plans for repurposing the old facility.

In a memo to regents, U-M Health System CEO Ora Pescovitz and U-M CFO Timothy Slottow propose adding an eight-room operating suite, 95 general patient care beds and 25 intensive care beds used primarily for neuroscience programs to the old facility.

U-M also wants to repurpose an additional 104,000 square feet and add offices for staff serving in the new Mott facility.

Moving beds over to the old Mott facility will allow University Hospital to accept more patients and better accommodate growth, officials say. In June, U-M Hospitals and Health Centers projected significant growth this year. Officials foresaw a 2.3 percent increase in patient days and a 4 percent rise in outpatient activity from the 2010-11 fiscal year to 2011-12. The university also projected a rise in occupancy from 85.2 percent to 86.7 percent.

The health system is still determining how the renovation will impact parking.

The old Mott facility opened in 1969 with 200 beds and was renovated in the 1980s.

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Thu, Apr 19, 2012 : 2:56 a.m.

Now that I think of it, PM&R will be needing more beds for all the tramatic brain injuries that will result from motorcyclists NOT wearing helmets. Brilliant move governor.


Thu, Apr 19, 2012 : 5:42 a.m.

You got that right.


Wed, Apr 18, 2012 : 7:07 p.m.

There are only 20 beds in the mental health unit. Generally, people are sent out of county for "treatment" Some of these facilities are simply detention centers, who violate state laws on a daily basis. There are some good facilities in Washtenaw County...but they are far and few between. This should be an embarrassment for the U of M Dept. of Psychiatry. Converting at least part of Mott Hospital for mental health patients would be the right thing to do.


Wed, Apr 18, 2012 : 12:30 a.m.

Hurrah, more private rooms. The gold standard for meeting HIPPA and infection control rules. I hate sharing germs with a roommate who cries out all night because they can't figure out how to use the nurse call button.


Tue, Apr 17, 2012 : 12:48 p.m.

I also wonder if they are licensed beds. The article say "it will allow them to accept more patients" and cites growth. That implies new beds. Have they obtained a CON?


Wed, Apr 18, 2012 : 12:35 p.m.

If they just shuffle beds from semi-private rooms into "new" private rooms, they don't need a CON. But shifting away from semi-private rooms would definitely allow them to accept more patients. There are many many times you can't put two patients into a semi-private room if the one has an infectious disease, male/female, privacy protections etc. That is why most hospitals that build new space only put in private rooms.


Tue, Apr 17, 2012 : 11:26 p.m.

I'm not sure why you were downvoted, but I voted you back up. I doubt U of M would have any problem getting a CON for more beds. Who would argue against it? Not St. Joes/Trinity, who are U of M's new BFF. In fact, the new agreements between the organizations may be what is triggering the potential for more growth.


Tue, Apr 17, 2012 : 12:47 p.m.

What has been needed for years is that the adult Physical Medicine & Rehab unit be moved to an area that is: 1) Accessible. 2) Will accommodate all the departments associated with Rehab such as PT, OT, SLP ... all on one floor. Much time, energy and I believe, resources are wasted transporting patients 6 floors down for their sessions. Sometimes patients are still very ill and emergencies do come up and these patients are very far away from their medical staff. The system that's in place now is the very best it can be give the distance between the unit and the therapy sites but I think UMHS can do better.

Deb Anderson

Tue, Apr 17, 2012 : 1:07 p.m.

It definitely needs to be more centralized between bedded pts. and OT/PT/SLP; imagine how it would free up the time it takes transporting pts. to and from all the therapies!


Tue, Apr 17, 2012 : 12:25 p.m.

Why not convert some of those floors for the nursing school? Or convert some of those floors to residence halls for the nursing students (or med students) at a very cheap rate? Do we really need more beds for sick people? I thought people were getting healthier not sicker?


Tue, Apr 17, 2012 : 1:28 p.m.

Oh, come on. Get real.


Tue, Apr 17, 2012 : 11:32 a.m.

They are not adding licensed beds, I think?, but are moving beds from Main to increase the number of private rooms for adult patients, which is sorely needed.