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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Opens Doors to Second Patient Tower, Chapel and Consumer Space
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Main entrance and consumer corridor opened April 12; patients to move in May

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has opened the doors to its second and final replacement patient tower. The North Tower, as it is named, will house 194 private patient rooms, a new Chapel, a northern Michigan-inspired indoor garden; and One North, a new specialty services area which includes Joe’s Java coffee shop and convenience store, Inspirit Salon and Spa, and an expanded pharmacy and gift shop.

Indoor Garden
Northern Michigan-Inspired Indoor Garden

The North Tower is part of a $294 million project to update five of the hospital’s facilities – a surgery pavilion, two patient towers, Chapel and main entrance. The North Tower and Chapel represent the third phase of the four-phase renovation project.

New Chapel at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor

“Throughout our long history, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System has worked to improve the health of our communities by reinvesting capital in ways that bring vital health services and expanded access to all," said Garry C. Faja, president and CEO, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. "The capital improvements under way at our facilities represent a renaissance period of improved access and enhanced quality of care and comfort for our patients, their families and our staff."

Massage Room
Massage Room

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor will celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2011.

According to Rob Casalou, president and CEO, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Saline and Livingston hospitals, “We are positioning ourselves now to enter into a new era of care with a fully renovated campus. The completion of the patient towers project is the culmination of much hard work; it represents our dedication to serving the community for many years to come.”

The opening of the North Tower facilities will happen in phases:

The Chapel opened on April 1 by hosting Holy Thursday services. According to Sister Yvonne Gellise, senior advisor for governance, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, “The new Chapel offers a peaceful and easily accessible place for people to find quiet respite and share in private and communal prayer. We pray this space brings comfort to those who seek it.”

Today, the existing main entrance permanently closed and the first floor of the North Tower opened. The first floor, named One North, serves as the main entrance for one year until the new main lobby is completed.

One North, also the shopping and specialty services area of the North Tower, houses a variety of amenities for staff, patients and visitors: the ever-popular Joe’s Java is housed in an expanded space to include large, comfortable chairs, providing a quiet escape for patrons. Nearby, a convenience store offers grab-and-go items for staff and patients to purchase on their way in or out.

A welcome addition to the facility is the Inspirit Salon and Spa, which is set to open for business on Monday, April 19. Specialty medical services include prosthesis consultations, a quiet room for private moments including wig fittings or shaving one’s head, medical massages and lactation counseling. General salon services range from haircuts, colors and styles, to pedicures and manicures, and massages.

Inspirit Salon
Inspirit Salon

“As caregivers, our staff and visitors often have to set aside their own needs when a loved one is in the hospital, or when we’re coming and going at unique hours - as our staff frequently does. Our goal with these services is to provide a warm and healing environment for patients, and also afford a convenient place for caregivers – visitors and staff – to take a moment for themselves, too,” said Casalou.

Patients will move into the North Tower in May. The North Tower will house surgical intensive care, surgical progressive care, mother/baby, medical intensive care, medical progressive care, medical-surgical, rehabilitation, neurology, and stroke care. The Select Specialty Hospital, a 36-bed independently owned long-term care facility, will also reside in the North Tower.

The $294 million project began when the 18-operating room Surgery Pavilion opened in December 2006. The second phase included the construction of the 11-story East Tower, which opened in October 2007. In addition to the current four-phase project, the hospital has updated the labor and delivery unit, neonatal intensive care unit, emergency department, and has added the Cancer Center, Imaging Center and the Ellen Thompson Women’s Health Center over the last decade. Nearly 70 percent of the original facility being demolished will be recycled.

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