Detroit celebrated its new home for pediatric specialty care today with blowing bubbles, a youth chorus, and a marching band at the Grand Opening of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center on the campus of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC).
The $43 million specialty center represents the first completed structure following Vanguard Health Systems’ acquisition of DMC and marks the first major expansion for the campus in nearly 30 years.
The ceremony included remarks from DMC CEO Michael Duggan; Vanguard Chairman and CEO Charles Martin; and DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan President Herman Gray, MD. Patients and families directly impacted by the new pediatric facility were also part of the celebration.
The five-story, 106,500 square-foot facility will house 14 medical subspecialties and associated clinics and services including infusion, dialysis, and rehabilitation services. Ancillary services include lab, X-ray, ultrasound, immunization, and a retail pharmacy.
“No longer will patients and families have to navigate the hospital or a large multi-story parking deck for routine or frequent outpatient visits when they see many of our specialists,” said Hospital President Dr. Gray. “From ensuring improved access to high quality pediatric care to convenient surface-level parking, every inch of the new Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center – Detroit was designed with patients and families in mind.
“The Specialty Center really supports a culture of wellness by making it easy to access doctors’ visits and outpatient services and by providing spaces for health education,” said Shepley Bulfinch principal Uma Ramanathan, AIA.
Young patients and their families will arrive at an off-street entrance sheltered by an arched glass canopy. Waiting areas, exam rooms, and offices, are scaled to accommodate family groups. The Center, which uses a cheerful and welcoming palette of colors, features original artwork on each floor created by current and former patients, staff, local area students, and artists. Two healing gardens connect patients to nature, providing oases in the urban environment.
The Specialty Center is pursuing LEED certification. Environmentally friendly features include low-flow faucets, and the use of natural light and motion sensors. Porous exterior pavement allows rain water to pass through the concrete and seep into the ground, reducing the load on storm sewer drains.
Shepley Bulfinch designed the Center in association with Integrated Design Solutions. The joint venture teams of L.S.Brinker/Barton Malow managed the building’s construction.