DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan – Troy set to open

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published January 25, 2016

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Construction that began in September 2014 on what looks like a Lego house across from Troy City Hall, on Big Beaver, is finished and awaiting young patients.

Doctors, nurses, administrators, therapy dogs and volunteers were on hand to show the new Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Michigan–Troy to about 3,000 visitors Jan. 23.

The center is set to open its 24/7 emergency room facilities Feb. 1. The subspeciality facilities on the second floor will open the following week, and the third-floor surgical center will open the week after that.

The $42 million, three-story, 63,000-square-foot red, blue, yellow, green and purple facility is named the David K. Page Building after the 40-year member and chair of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Board of Trustees who passed away in 2014.

Patients will not stay overnight at the center, so it does not constitute a hospital and is a permitted use in the Big Beaver form-based zoning district, designed to promote high-density, vertical integration, and mixed uses of residential, office and commercial enterprises.

The center brings 100 new jobs to Troy.

The health care center will offer a 24/7 emergency room; operating rooms; physical, occupational and speech therapy; and imaging and lab services.

Larry Gold, CEO of Children’s Hospital of Michigan, was on hand to greet guests Jan. 23. He explained that they gleaned input from patients, families, doctors and nurses when designing the center, which he said is the first of its kind and may serve as a prototype for other health care centers.

For example, patients having outpatient surgical procedures will be sedated in a room adjacent to the operating room so children do not have to see the OR, said Carmina Polosky, manager of the third floor, where surgical procedures will take place.

“It’s scary for them,” she said.

All rooms have pass-through doors to allow patients and families to flow one way through the facilities, rather than backtracking.

Children may stay at the facility up to a maximum of 23 hours. If they need to be transported to the downtown facility, a pediatric neonatal dedicated ambulance, based at the Troy facility, would transport the patient.

Procedures and appointments will be scheduled at staggered times.

“There’s not a lot of waiting area,” Gold said. “Because we’re treating kids as soon as they come in. We don’t invite 20 families at 8 a.m.”

Elise Bennett, director of marketing and public relations for DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan, said that many visitors to the Troy facility during the Jan. 23 open house had some tie to the downtown facility and others were just “checking it out.”

“Everybody we are talking to today is saying, ‘Thanks for coming to Oakland County. Thanks for coming to Troy,’” Gold said. 

He said that 64,000 kids from Troy, Oakland County and southern Macomb County have visited DMC Chil
dren’s Hospital of Michigan over the last 12 months.

The center is decorated with nature murals and paintings that students throughout Oakland and Macomb counties, including many schools in the Troy School District, created. After the student-submitted designs for the murals were approved, an artist from Pewabic Pottery worked with the students to help cut the glass by hand to create mosaics.

“It makes a significant architectural statement,” Glenn Lapin, economic development specialist for the city of Troy, said of the center. “It’s very modern and impressive. This reinforces Troy as a major location for health care. We have a number of health administration centers and patient care centers in Troy.”

Lapin said DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan–Troy and other health care facilities boost business at restaurants, hotels and stores.

“It’s great for the community,” Lapin said.

Metamora residents Wes Sawyer; his wife, Laura Kinnie; and their children, Sadie Sawyer, 2, and Landon Sawyer, 6, traveled to Troy Jan. 23 to check out the center.

As they waited for the indoor balloon launch, Kinnie explained that they have used other health care facilities in Troy and were there to check out the center before an upcoming procedure scheduled for Sadie.

“It turned out to be another gem for us,” Councilwoman Ellen Hodorek said at the Jan. 11 City Council meeting. The council toured the center at an event Jan. 9.

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