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St. Mary Mercy Hospital Opens New Emergency Center, Private Patient Rooms
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St. Mary Mercy Hospital will achieve a milestone this fall when it opens its newest three-story building, an $89 million, 154,000-square-foot project that features a new Emergency Center and two floors with a total of 80 private patient rooms.

“Our patients, families and our community will be very pleased with the new addition,” said Dave Spivey, CEO, St. Mary Mercy Hospital. “The building is a reflection of the quality care that we deliver.”

St. Mary Mercy will have a Blessing, Dedication and Laying of the Cornerstone for the new building on Wednesday, October 24. Bishop Francis Reiss, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit, is presiding over the commemoration. Bishop Reiss also serves as episcopal vicar and regional moderator for the South Region, which includes Livonia, of the archdiocese.

The community is invited to celebrate this achievement at a grand opening being held 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 28 at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, 36475 Five Mile Road, Livonia.

The state-of-the-art Emergency Center has over 50 treatment rooms, each designed for clinical-specific needs, including a behavioral medicine treatment area and Senior ERSM.

The Emergency Center, located on the first floor, features a racetrack layout that concentrates the clinician care inside the core, creating direct access to the patient treatment rooms and keeping the care team close to the patient. The rooms—separated by walls, not curtains—also provide patients with a more private experience.

While the new design of the Emergency Center includes expanded trauma bays and rapid-assessment areas, it also incorporates a new patient admission process that significantly reduces the wait experience. The clinical team, which includes an Emergency Center physician, is able to assess an incoming patient before entering a treatment room and triage the patient to the appropriate specialized treatment area.

“The new design is patient-centered and creates a more efficient experience for the patient,” says Michael Calice, MD, medical director of the Emergency Center.

The addition has two floors of 80 spacious private patient rooms, each equipped with the latest technology and comforting amenities to meet the patient’s, caregiver’s and family’s needs. Like the Emergency Center floorplan, the second and third floors also have a racetrack design. The centrally located nursing stations enable caregivers to focus care in patient rooms.

Charting alcoves and sectioned equipment and supply areas are conveniently placed near the patient room to keep the caregiver in close proximity to the patient.

The natural light and soothing earth tones throughout the floor brighten hallways, patient rooms and family waiting areas.

The features and design embody St. Mary Mercy Hospital’s mission: healing the mind, body and spirit. Windows will line the hallways and reach to the ceilings to maximize the infusion of sunlight. Handcrafted birch trees and stately cattail and horsetail plants will line the corridor between the South Lobby and the new Emergency Center, providing a connection to nature.

“We wanted to soften the hospital environment, making it less clinical, creating a healing environment using various elements of nature,” says Sarah Gilbert, director of Strategic Capital Projects at St. Mary Mercy Hospital.

A meditation room is another key feature in the new building. The room welcomes a diversity of cultures and religious beliefs as well as strengthens the mission and core values of St. Mary Mercy Hospital: respecting and nurturing the spiritual dimension of patients, families, physicians and associates.

“Solitude and prayer are part of a healing ministry,” says Sister Janet Marie Adamczyk, chief mission officer at St. Mary Mercy Hospital. “The meditation room will provide a tranquil space for quieting ourselves as we pray for comfort, strength, guidance or whatever we need to accept what is happening in our lives at the present moment.”

Continuing our transformation includes renovation of 90 existing semi-private patient rooms in the north building, converting most of them into private rooms. This 18-month phase is scheduled to begin after the completion of the new addition.