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Metro Health Mulls New Surgical Site
The 15,567-square-foot center, which Metro Health would lease, would be located at
According to a letter of intent filed by Metro Health with the Michigan Department of Community Health, the total cost of the project is $8.6 million, with fixed medical equipment at $2.9 million and leasing costs pegged at $5.6 million. It does not indicate who would own the building.
Metro Health is planning to leave its
The proposed outpatient surgical center is kitty-corner across the
"The proposal location for the surgical center was chosen to give Metro Health patients who live furthest from the new campus a more convenient option," read the hospital's statement.
"It also allows Metro to continue to offer the same types of surgeries that are currently provided, only at a different location at a lower cost. When the new hospital was designed it was anticipated that surgical capacity would need to expand due to patient volume and demand, but the decision was to accommodate such growth in an off-site center such as what is being proposed."
According to Metro Health's World Wide Web site, for the fiscal year that ended
None of Metro Health's 10 outpatient sites, which house physicians' offices, offer surgery,
Plainfield Township Community Development Director Bill Fischer said the site is north of the planned new 63rd District courthouse. The township has not received any information regarding the surgical center, he said.
But Fischer said a surgical center at that location would require rezoning the land — part of an old landfill — from rural estate residential to office. He said the change would be consistent with the township's master land use plan.
Any rezoning request goes first to the Planning Commission, which then makes a recommendation to the Township Board. Fischer said the applicant would then return to the Planning Commission for a site plan review. The entire process could take three to four months, he said. Fischer said the Michigan Department of Transportation, which controls egress and ingress for
"I've fielded several phone calls from architects, landscape architects, working on this," Fischer said. "Behind the scenes, they're working hard on the plans."
The letter of intent filed by Metro Health is part of the Certificate of Need process, which would be required for the hospital to proceed with the new surgical center. The hospital's statement indicated that it is uncertain when the next step will occur, and that it could be as long as a year.