Saint Mary's Plans $2.6 Million Addition

February 6, 2008
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Construction is expected to begin in the spring on a two-story, 12,000-square-foot addition at Saint Mary's Health Care, with Wolverine Construction Management leading the project.

Saint Mary's COO Randy Wagner said the addition will house a Positron Emission Tomography scanner. The scanner uses radioactive material to locate cancerous tumors and combines that image with one from a CT scanner to provide detailed information.

Wagner said the scanner and another, located in an Advanced Radiology Services facility northeast of Grand Rapids, are part of a joint venture between Saint Mary's and Spectrum Health. The joint venture, Spectrum Health-Saint Mary's Shared Technology Services Inc., will lease space in the addition from Saint Mary's for the new scanner. It also will lease the scanner from Saint Mary's.

"The volumes have grown to a point where we are able to bring on-board a second unit," Wagner said.

A request has been filed for a Michigan Department of Community Health review under the Certificate of Need process, Wagner said. CON documents put the scanner cost at $1.9 million and the cost of the addition at $2.6 million.

Wagner said that the scanner and other nuclear medicine patient services will be located on the first floor, which will be underground. The second floor will be devoted to mechanicals and storage.

Construction, which will be on the Lafayette Street side of the hospital, is expected to begin this spring and be completed later in 2008. CQX

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