The six-story Northwest Tower, featuring the Wayne and Joan Webber Emergency and Trauma Center, opened in June on the campus of McLaren Macomb. The cost for this phase of the project was $68 million.

The six-story Northwest Tower, featuring the Wayne and Joan Webber Emergency and Trauma Center, opened in June on the campus of McLaren Macomb. The cost for this phase of the project was $68 million.

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New trauma center opens at McLaren Macomb

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published July 1, 2020

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MOUNT CLEMENS — After a couple years of construction, an area hospital recently opened a new trauma center.

The six-story Northwest Tower, featuring the Wayne and Joan Webber Emergency and Trauma Center, opened in June on the campus of McLaren Macomb, located at 1000 Harrington St. in Mount Clemens. Its first patient was treated June 15.

The $68 million project, resulting in the 43,735 square-foot tower with the emergency department occupying the ground level, first broke ground in April 2018 and has vastly changed the face of McLaren Macomb’s Mount Clemens campus.

“Tracking the health needs of Macomb County, it was clear to us that the demand for emergency care was high and would continue to grow,” Tom Brisse, McLaren Macomb president and CEO, stated in a news release. “McLaren Macomb is proud to now be in the position to meet that need and provide accessible emergency care to anyone who seeks it.”

More than doubling the size of the hospital’s existing emergency department, the new emergency department includes 68 treatment spaces and a capacity to treat approximately 120,000 patients per year.

In the trauma center, the department’s seven resuscitation rooms are an increase from the three existing trauma bays.

The department features separate rooms for pediatric patients and rooms designed to address the specific needs of geriatric and behavioral health patients. The increased size allows for larger waiting areas, with spaces designated for higher- and lower-acuity patients and pediatric patients.

Dr. James Larkin, physician and director of emergency medicine at McLaren Macomb, said the department was designed with the care of the patient in mind.

“This benefits us as physicians, as well, because it allows us to treat more patients in a timelier manner,” he said.

With the emergency department occupying the main floor of the new Northwest Tower, the lower level features a learning, training and recreation center for the hospital’s more than 100 resident and fellow physicians.

Remaining floors have been left open for future constructions, with current plans of adding surgical suites on the second floor.

To learn more about the services offered at McLaren Macomb, including emergency and trauma care, visit mclaren.org/macomb.

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