University of Michigan Health announces expansion plan
The University of Michigan Health System announced a $163 million plan to create a neurological services hospital and expand University Hospital by 120 beds. The university’s board of regents approved the project, which will also increase the hospital’s number of operating rooms by eight, according to a university news release. The expansion plan requires state certificate-of-need approval. The regents also approved a $55 million plan to renovate a health services library used for physician training. The health system expansion will renovate 163,000 square feet for neurological clinical services including neurosurgery, neurology, a cranial base program, spine surgery and cerebrovascular disease treatment, according to the release. An additional 104,000 square feet of space will be renovated for offices and administration. University Hospital operates at near 90% capacity for adults and 85% for adults admitted to intensive care, according to the health system, which added in the release that demand for capacity to treat adults admitted to the hospital has grown 3.7% per year. The system expanded its emergency department in 2011, and outpatient expansion plans call for a new location to open in 2014.