You are viewing this article in the archives. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see
Posted on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 2:01 p.m.

University of Michigan seeks $3.3M upgrade for Burn Center

By Kellie Woodhouse


Exterior view of the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. The hospital houses the Trauma Burn Center.

The University of Michigan Health System is planning a $3.3 million improvement to the University Hospital Trauma Burn Center.

UMHS is seeking approval for the project from the University of Michigan Board of Regents at its monthly meeting on Thursday.

"The delivery of medicine has changed" since the unit was first built in 1986, Ora Pescovitz, U-M's Vice President for Medical Affairs, and Timothy Slottow, U-M's Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, said in a memo addressed to the regents.

The existing unit is too small and cramped to best accommodate the some 1,200 patients suffering from multiple traumatic injuries or burns that visit the center each year, officials say.

"The physical constraints of the unit reduce staff efficiency and effectiveness," Peskovitz and Slottow wrote in the memo.

UMHS said the funds for the project, to be completed by the fall of 2012, will come from University Hospital and Health Center resources. It plans to phase construction area by area in an effort to reduce disruption to patients.

About 6,600 square feet of the facility will be improved. That area will undergo architectural, mechanical, and electrical upgrades and receive new finishings and lighting. Patient rooms will also be renovated to increase patient comfort and "create a more healing environment for patients and families."

New physical therapy and occupational therapy room will be created, as will a new faculty on-call room.

The Ferndale firm Project and Design Management LLC has been tapped to design the project.

The upgrade comes after the recent opening of the $754 million C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital and the $17.7 million expansion of the University Hospital emergency room.

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



Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 12:11 p.m.

I just had a patient this week who was so thankful to be at UMHS after experienciing the Universal Healthcare in Canada. Fourteen hours in the ER hallway follollowed by another four hours in a room BEFORE seeing a doctor. This will be Obamacare.

Ron Granger

Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 3:48 a.m.

$39 million for the law school dorms. $3.3 million for burned children. Seems fair... For the lawyers.


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 9:35 p.m.

With the Obama Care taking hold shortly, do we really need this? Its great to save people's lives an all but Obama Care is more about saving money.


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 8:41 p.m.

I believe that this center is of great impotence, and is one of the many great services that make the UMH's. Now that they have an empty building they can make a lot of changes to improve the size and availability of their critical care units. I am actually surprised that this wasn't already on the table before they opened the new hospital. I really can't see why they just don't turn a whole floor of the old children's hospital into a Burn unit.


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 7:40 p.m.

An updgrade would be money well spent at trauma burn. The nurses/doctors there are unbelievable. Unfortunately, I have firtst hand experience being there. But that center does tremendous things.