Pictured is the view from up top at Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills.

Pictured is the view from up top at Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Beaumont Hospital $160M expansion on schedule for 2019

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published March 6, 2018

 Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills’ expansion includes 193,000 square feet of new space; more than 61,500 square feet of existing space on the campus will also be renovated.

Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills’ expansion includes 193,000 square feet of new space; more than 61,500 square feet of existing space on the campus will also be renovated.

Photo by Deb Jacques

FARMINGTON HILLS  — Connie O’Malley, president of Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills, sees a bright future for the entity that is one of the largest employers in the city — along with Farmington Public Schools. 

Thanks to an ongoing renovation project, big changes are underway.

“We are going to have a brand-new hospital here covering many, many service lines with the renovation,” O’Malley said during a recent phone interview.

The $160 million hospital expansion project was celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 25, 2016.

Recently, on Feb. 2, construction crews ceremoniously hoisted the final steel beam into place on Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills’ new south tower as part of a “topping off” ceremony, according to a press release. 

The expansion includes 193,000 square feet of new space; more than 61,500 square feet of existing space on the campus will also be renovated, the release states. 

“We are excited about how this project will benefit our patients and families. The innovations and additional space will allow us to better deliver our promise of compassionate, extraordinary care,” O’Malley said in the release.

The hospital filed a certificate of need with the state of Michigan for the expansion project in 2014. The Michigan Department of Community Health manages and approves certificates of need for all hospitals, which is a state regulatory program intended to balance cost, quality and access issues, and to ensure that the needed services are developed in Michigan.

It also includes expanding and modernizing surgical services, with nine new operating rooms and 27 private patient rooms, according to the press release. Other expansions include a lounge area. 

The five-story south tower will have 80 private rooms, bringing the total number of private patient rooms to 159, with an additional 24 private intensive care unit beds. Total beds will remain at 330. 

South tower renovations feature units for orthopedic, oncology and respiratory care patients, and a new main entrance and reception area for the entire hospital, according to a press release. 

The expansion of the hospital’s east pavilion will feature a bigger emergency and Level II Trauma Center that will grow over 60 percent to include 58 treatment and evaluation bays, including three trauma rooms and a 17-bay observation unit. An increase in capacity will mean bumping the current 65,000 patient visits annually to 88,000.

A new parking deck and more are also on tap.

Beaumont Health is funding $150 million for the project and is looking for community support for the remaining funds. 

Farmington Emergency Medicine Associates PLC announced a $1 million gift toward project costs during the 2016 groundbreaking event.

O’Malley said that the funding quest began about a year ago. The hospital has raised about $4.87 million to date and is “continuing to work with the community now,” she said.

“So far we have raised $5 million. We’re halfway to our goal. We are talking with community leaders and working to raise the rest of the funds,” O’Malley said.

The project began in late summer 2015 and is the largest building project for Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills — formerly Botsford Hospital — in more than 20 years.

Dr. Michael Rebock, vice president and chief medical officer of Beaumont, Farmington Hills, added in the release that “our physicians embrace the hospital’s growth and development as we move forward with new technology and facilities.”

Neighborhood House of Farmington/Farmington Hills President Alan Maxey is chairman of Beaumont, Farmington Hills’ community advisory board.

He said that the board, which meets quarterly, discusses what is going on at the hospital  and community programs that are being provided by the hospital.

Maxey said that the group’s roughly 15 leaders and community members from Farmington and Farmington Hills think the renovation is “absolutely fantastic.”

“It is a major, major expansion and renovation of the hospital,” he said, adding that the hospital is on budget and on schedule.

He said the renovated facilities should be open beginning at the end of this year or early in 2019. 

“It obviously will provide ... just a much better level and expanded level of care and services that they can provide to residents in the surrounding communities that Beaumont, Farmington Hills, serves,” Maxey said, adding that the renovation also is a benefit economically. “As they expand and add employees, that should have a favorable impact on the community.”

For more information, go to www.beaumont.edu.


Beaumont renovation quick facts

• When construction is complete, the hospital will have 165 private rooms and 165 semiprivate rooms, for a total of 330 beds, which is the same number of beds that existed prior to construction.  

• Construction on the existing east pavilion and new south tower runs through the end of this year. Renovation of existing space will conclude in late 2019. 

• As part of the project, a 473-space parking structure opened in October 2016. A new power plant that is 30 percent more energy efficient than the previous plant will be complete in March.

• Assisting Beaumont with this project are architect HKS, Plante Moran CRESA Real Estate Consultants, Barton Malow and AIM Construction Inc.