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July 24, 2013

DMC Children’s Hospital to open center in Troy

By Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer

TROY — Children’s Hospital of Michigan plans to invest $42 million to build a 70,000-square-foot outpatient specialty facility on Big Beaver, between the Detroit Marriott Troy hotel and Troy City Hall on the east side of Civic Center Drive.

Troy City Planner Brent Savidant said that the city has not received any applications or site plans from hospital officials yet.

Dr. Herman Gray, CEO of Children’s Hospital of Michigan, said that a site in Royal Oak at I-696 and Woodward had been under consideration before officials decided on the site in Troy on the north side of Big Beaver, east of I-75.

“Royal Oak wasn’t the best site,” Gray said. He noted that Royal Oak city officials were very welcoming. “It was not quite the right place.”

According to a press release, the center will house outpatient pediatric services, including cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology and surgery and state-of-the-art imaging services. The center will also have a pediatric emergency room and will create approximately 100 new full-time jobs.

Gray said while Children’s Hospital remains strongly committed to Detroit, as evidenced by the 75,000-square-foot outpatient center that opened on Beaubien in Detroit last year. “As the population of the city decreases, it makes sense to build Children’s Hospital centers closest to where the kids are,” he said. He said the hospital was seeking a much stronger Oakland County presence after evaluating where the patients were coming from.

“It’s a natural extension of Children’s Hospital strategy, which has grown from one ambulatory center to nine,” Gray said. 

“We’ve found business is more effective with larger buildings and one-stop shopping,” he added.

“It’s a great asset for the city,” said Glenn Lapin, economic development manager for Troy. “It makes a lot of sense.”

Construction on the center is set to begin in spring.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Terry Oparka at toparka@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1054.