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Borgess Medical Center to begin work on $35 million surgical suite expansion

Construction will begin in February on a $35 million, 32,000-foot expansion at Ascension’s Borgess Medical Center. (WWMT/FILE)

Construction will begin in February on a $35 million, 32,000-foot expansion at Ascension’s Borgess Medical Center.

The project will add another floor to the Stryker Center, and expand the hospitals’ surgical suites – allowing for larger operating rooms, and space for current and future technologies.

Two new operating rooms will be added to the Birthing Center floor as part of the project.

The new surgical floor will connect to the patient units by a bridge, and two additional elevators will be added.

“This project is an important step forward as we continue to grow to meet the needs of our community,” Kathy Young, president and CEO of Borgess Health, said in a written announcement on the project. “We have been expanding our surgical services for years. We have finally reached the point where new construction is the only answer. We are grateful to our patients for their trust in us, to our physicians for their dedication to continuous improvement in patient care, and to our staff for their willingness to support these ambitious objectives.”

Robert Hill, Borgess’ chief medical officer said surgical cases have been increasing in a number of areas, including cardiovascular, orthopedic, vascular work and bariatric.

While some services will be relocated, patients will not experience any disruption in care during construction, hospital officials said.

The project is expected to be completed by 2020.

Borgess Health is a part of Ascension, a nonprofit company that operates 141 hospitals across the United States.

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