Crittenton plans January opening for new tower

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published June 26, 2013

ROCHESTER HILLS — Crittenton Hospital Medical Center officials are hoping to see the grand opening for their new 174,000-square-foot south tower in January 2014.

Crittenton has begun the final phase of its $20 million capital campaign — dubbed Every Square Matters — to help fund the five-story $65 million patient tower.

“Crittenton was built on a rich tradition of philanthropy when, in the 1960s, Howard McGregor donated his own family farm land to build Crittenton,” said Ashleigh Dunham, Crittenton corporate and foundation relations officer, during a June 10 presentation to the Rochester Hills City Council. “He led the first capital campaign for the hospital, as an outreach of Crittenton General in Detroit, in order to serve the rural community of Rochester.

“His campaign raised over $1 million, and included schools, businesses and members of the community,” Dunham said. “Fast forward 40 years later to our latest addition, the new south tower, which will provide 87 private patient rooms with smart-room technology and innovative nursing stations to continue our teaching program for nursing students from Rochester College and Oakland University. We will also have labs and centers for Wayne State University graduate medical residents.”

Crittenton Hospital is located on Walton Boulevard, east of Livernois Road. To date, the Crittenton capital construction campaign has raised more than $8 million, with an additional $2.5 million grant pending from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration for a nurse-training program to be housed in the tower.

Along with private rooms, the new tower will feature specialty floors for cardiac medicine, orthopedics and joint and spine care, and a pharmacy. A rooftop sanctuary will include a healing garden. The entire project is designed to be an environmentally friendly structure, Dunham said.

An innovative team effort has delivered lower construction costs.

“We are using integrated project delivery, a collaborative practice drawing the architect, builders and key subcontractors in from the project’s inception — one contract, one team,” she said.

The system has resulted in a construction cost of $300 per square foot. “That is lower than the health care average of $500 per square foot,” Dunham said. “The building project is being endorsed with a best practice endorsement by Gov. Rick Snyder.”

“Obviously, a strong hospital is part of a strong community,” said Rochester Hills City Council President Greg Hooper.