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 The newly opened Henry Ford Medical Center is the third installment at the Village of Bloomfield development.

The newly opened Henry Ford Medical Center is the third installment at the Village of Bloomfield development.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Henry Ford Medical Center opens at Village of Bloomfield

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published January 20, 2020

 The new facility on Telegraph Road has a pharmacy on-site, along with a walk-in clinic, an optical center, a coffee and snack bar, free Wi-Fi,  and more.

The new facility on Telegraph Road has a pharmacy on-site, along with a walk-in clinic, an optical center, a coffee and snack bar, free Wi-Fi, and more.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — For years, the empty, unfinished structures that sat at Telegraph and Square Lake roads as part of the defunct Bloomfield Park project served as a reminder of the hardships the nation faced after the 2008 economic downturn.

More than a decade later, as a third major occupant opens its doors to the public at the site, the still growing Village of Bloomfield is a shiny new symbol that those hard times are in the past.

Henry Ford Health System representatives invited the public to its new medical center Jan. 16 to celebrate the grand opening of the $38 million, two-story, 83,000-square-foot facility.

Inside, visitors got a look at the outpatient center’s walk-in clinic, eye care center, pharmacy and lab services, along with offices for neurology, orthopedic, radiology, women’s health and rehabilitation services.

“The Village of Bloomfield is a first-class development, and we’re thrilled to join with these other community partners and revive this prominent area of the township,” said Bob Riney, Henry Ford’s president of health care operations and chief operating officer. “Our medical center offers under one roof a comprehensive level of health care services in combination with extended hours and other amenities that truly enhances the care experience for patients.”

While the official ribbon cutting was just last week, portions of the facility have been quietly serving customers since the fall as part of a soft opening. In that time, Riney said, they’ve been able to demonstrate how the Bloomfield Township outpatient center, the 11th in the area for the health system, is a leader in integrating technology trends into medical care.

“Since October of 2019, we’ve had 75,000 virtual visits,” he said, explaining the team’s ability to provide different levels of care — from consultations to follow-ups — via e-visits, or video chats. “That’s the future of medicine, and we’re fully embracing that here.”

The building also boasts a gathering space adjacent to a coffee and snack bar, a waiting area with comfortable couches and chairs and free wifi for personal use.

When it’s time to see a medical professional, guests can do so in one of 85 exam rooms, each equipped with its own computer, seating, weight scale and blood pressure screening device.

Officials from the health system said the building was strategically designed for patient comfort and privacy with input from patient, caregiver and family advisory groups.

The Village of Bloomfield technically straddles the border of Pontiac and Bloomfield Township, so dignitaries from both municipalities shared in the celebration during the opening.

“It was a ghost town in 2008 and 2009, and there was a lot of litigation and a lot of challenges out there. It was through the joint effort between the city of Pontiac and Bloomfield Township, in particular the mayor and myself, working collectively together to get the Village of Bloomfield to where it is today,” said Bloomfield Township Supervisor Leo Savoie, appearing alongside Pontiac Mayor Deidre Waterman.

He noted that another big thank you should go out to the site’s developer, Redico, which took over the land in 2015. Since then, a Menards home improvement store and an Aldi grocery store have opened at the location, with more businesses on the way.

Henry Ford Medical Center-Bloomfield Township “is a great complement to the other site uses, which include senior housing, a hotel … and large and small retail,” Dale Watchowski, the president and CEO of the Southfield-based Redico, said in a press release. “We are pleased to continue growing our relationship with Henry Ford Health System, and we have enjoyed working with their team on this project.”

To learn more about the medical center, or to schedule a visit online, visit henryford.com. Henry Ford Medical Center-Bloomfield Township is located at 1961 S. Telegraph Road.

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