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Posted: 01/01/14

NEARLY COMPLETE. Above, the cost of the 165,000 square foot South Tower is about $300 per square foot, considered to be a low cost development of its size. Below, a photo of early construction, that began in August of 2010.

(Photos courtesy of Adela Piper)

Crittenton extends care to
165,000 sq. ft. South Tower

      Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, a healthcare facility in Rochester with nearly 500 physicians representing a wide range of medical specialties, will expand its inpatient capacity with the opening of a new South Tower on Jan. 8, 2014.
       Crittenton Hospital Medical Center's South Tower will offer private patient rooms on four of the six floors, with units dedicated to treating cardiac and orthopedic spine and joint patients.
       Each new unit will provide an optimal healing environment with 29 private patient rooms. Private rooms are conducive to a safer healing environment with lower rates of infection, enhanced patient communication and often shorter hospital stays.
       These factors translate to improved efficiencies in the delivery of care, higher quality outcomes and an increase in patient and physician satisfaction.
       Crittenton recently earned a ranking among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide in Patient Safety from CPM Healthgrades.
       "This $65 million addition to the hospital will bring expanded healthcare resources to our community in a cost effective manner," said Brian Birney, director, Marketing & Communications. "The innovations incorporated into the new patient rooms were centered on providing patients and their families with the most comfortable healing environment in which to be treated with the highest level of care."
       The expansion of the inpatient cardiac care, orthopedic spine and joint units was a strategic decision when planning the South Tower, said Birney, adding that it would provide greater momentum for healing success.
       The South Tower's newly expanded cardiac unit will be outfitted with the latest technology and services in order to minimize the movement or relocation of the patient for their care and treatment.
       The hospital's Spine and Joint Center will provide patients with in-unit group physical therapy, interdisciplinary collaboration between nurses, therapists and physicians, caregiver education and pre-op preparation classes.  Group physical therapy offers peer-based emotional support and encouragement to achieve a greater level of therapeutic success.
       Each new room will allow family participation in patient care. Patient rooms are equipped with a ceiling-mounted rail for patient lifting, enabling safer procedures for both patients and nurses.
       Crittenton's 165,000 square foot South Tower is scheduled to open in January, 2014.
       To date, donors have given more than $11 million to build the hospital's South Tower. The community support has come from families, physicians, patients, corporations with a national presence and small, local businesses.
       "Young children have contributed lemonade stand profits and hospital employees pledged their donations before the blueprints were even complete," said Birney. "Nearly 2,000 donors have come together to build the South Tower."
       Crittenton Hospital Medical Center is located at 1101 W. University Drive in Rochester. It is a 290-bed acute health care facility serving communities in Oakland, Macomb and Lapeer counties. It is a fully-accredited teaching facility and provides a campus for residents from Wayne State University's School of Medicine who are specializing in Family Medicine, and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT). Crittenton is also a teaching campus for nurses from Oakland University's School of Nursing.
       For more information visit or call (248) 652-5000.

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