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October 2, 2006

Spreading our roots to reach new heights: U-M to break ground for new children’s, women’s hospitals on Oct. 6

Celebration, open to public, will feature amazing kite performances, food and more

ANN ARBOR, MI – The seed has been planted. And now it’s time for the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital to spread their roots and grow to even greater heights in patient care, research and medical education.

Mott/Women's HospitialOn Friday, Oct. 6, the U-M Health System plans to break ground for the new 1.1 million square-foot C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital facility.

The groundbreaking celebration will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard between University Hospital and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. A formal groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. on the Terrace parking lot, site of the new children’s and women’s building on the U-M Medical Campus. Both events are open to the public.

“The groundbreaking truly is a celebration of the amazing work our faculty and staff do here each day, and the future of children’s and women’s services at the University of Michigan Health System,” says Patricia A. Warner, MPH, associate hospital director, and chief administrative officer, C.S. Mott Children's and Women's Hospitals. “We are very proud of this building project, and excited that it will allow us to continue to provide the best in specialized children’s and women’s care for generations to come.”

The groundbreaking celebration will feature amazing kite performances by Aerial Experience Productions, and the Windjammers Stunt Kite Team from southeastern Michigan, who have performed at major national events. Additionally, kids of all ages can participate in a special art project in the courtyard, funded by a $6,000 gift from U-M student swimmer Amanda Johnson and her siblings.

CD Mott LobbyThose who attend the courtyard event also will get the first glimpse inside the new children’s and women’s facility. A computer animated design, created at no cost to the U-M Health System by Ann Arbor-based CAD Corporation, will showcase special features of the building’s interior design including the Family Resource Center, complete with a library, chapel, computer access and space to meet in private with health care providers, state-of-the-art surgical suites, and private patient rooms with wireless computer access.

At the 4 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony, U-M Regent David Brandon – who recently gave a $2 million gift to support the Newborn Intensive Care Unit in the new children’s hospital – and Laurie Carr, wife of U-M Head Football Coach Lloyd Carr, will officially break ground for the new facility. Brandon and his wife, Jan, along with the Carrs, co-chair the children’s and women’s fundraising campaign.

Other special guests at the ceremony will include U-M President Mary Sue Coleman, U-M Regent Olivia Maynard, UMHS CEO Robert Kelch, M.D., Mott Foundation President and CEO William White, and Ypsilianti resident Angelique McClelland, whose son underwent successful fetal surgery at Mott in May.

About the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital facility
The new $523 million C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital facility is designed to fit today's medicine and tomorrow's innovations.

With 1.1 million square feet, the facility will provide a new and larger home for specialty services not offered anywhere else in Michigan for newborns, children and pregnant women such as the pediatric liver transplant program, the Level I Pediatric Trauma Program, the Pediatric and Adolescent Home Ventilator Program, the Craniofacial Anomalies Program, high-risk pregnancy services and specialty gynecological services. 

Already, UMHS has raised nearly $50 million of its $75 million fundraising goal for the new children’s and women’s building project, including a $25 million grant from the Flint-based C.S. Mott Foundation; a $7 million gift from Ernest and Kelly Sorini that will create the Sorini Family Children’s Emergency Medicine Center, dedicated to pediatric care and Hazmat-capable; a $4 million grant from the Detroit-based Carls Foundation; a $2 million gift from U-M Regent Dave Brandon and wife Jan, which will support the Nick and Chris Brandon Newborn Intensive Care Unit, named in recognition of the life-saving care in 1980 that their twin sons received at Mott; and a $2 million gift from Jane Von Voigtlander.

Located on the terrace site of the medical campus, the facility will consist of two conjoined towers – a 9-story clinic tower and a 12-story inpatient tower – that will bridge inpatient and outpatient services within the same medical disciplines to create a programmatic approach to patient care on each floor.

Plans for the facility include 16 pediatric operating rooms, four pediatric surgical procedure rooms, four cesarean section suites, 20 rooms for antepartum or postpartum care, and 264 private inpatient beds upon opening with capacity for an additional 84 beds in the future.

The 264 bed count will consist of 30 for women’s birthing, 26 adult and 26 pediatric for bone marrow transplants, 46 for pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardio-thoracic, and 40 for neonatal intensive care – a far cry from the 240 beds currently allocated to the children’s and women’s hospitals. Plus, all inpatient rooms will be equipped with special Hepa filtering air handling. UMHS also plans to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the facility.

All patient rooms will be private, and include a place for a family member to stay with them and wireless computer access. Additionally, the main lobby will offer entertainment and other activities to help reduce stress for parents, siblings and other family members of patients, and will open into an outdoor garden park that will have play space for children and a reflection area. A meditation space, a gift shop and a food services area will be located nearby.

The facility also will be home to numerous pediatric specialty clinics, including Psychology, Autism, and Orthopaedics, all within the U-M Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases. There will be a committed area for both adult and pediatric bone marrow transplant patients and pediatric non-cancer infusion, too, with a dedicated infusion pharmacy on the floor.

To learn more about the fundraising campaign and the new building project, visit www.mottchildrenshospital.org

Written by Krista Hopson

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