MMPC diagnoses LEED for Greenville building

May 18, 2009
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West Michigan’s largest doctors’ practice, Michigan Medical PC, is breaking ground on Greenville’s first LEED building near Meijer.

To be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design specifications, the 15,000-square-foot medical office provides an opportunity for MMPC to consolidate its local primary care physicians with visiting specialists, all linked by electronic medical records, said MMPC CEO Ted Inman.

The improved efficiencies, long-term cost savings and collaboration expected to result with the new construction is consistent with the organization’s new One MMPC initiative, Inman said. MMPC has more than 200 physicians scattered from Holland to Greenville, and the initiative is intended to build on opportunities for connections, consolidation and efficiencies, Inman said.

The Greenville location is the first new construction for MMPC since 2000, said Alan Kranzo, director of facilities and purchasing.

“For efficiency purposes, really we felt the need to consolidate all these activities into one building,” said Inman.

“What we’re looking to do is consolidate services and make it a place of destination for our patients,” Kranzo added, noting that imaging services will also be located there.

Inman said the building will provide a home base for primary care physicians who once were employed by Spectrum Health United Memorial Hospital, but about three years ago joined MMPC. Specialists also travel to Greenville and need somewhere to locate for as much as an entire day, he added.

“We have electronic records now,” he said. “We’re trying to consolidate, being in the same place, and have specialists where primary care doctors are so they can work more closely together. It’s much closer to the hospital, as well.”

The building the primary care doctors now use has two floors, he added. “It splits the practice and it’s not terribly efficient,” he said.

“We really haven’t built anything recently,” Inman continued. “Our buildings were all leased; also, some physicians owned parts of them. We last built around 2000 or so, and LEED certified wasn’t that common at that time.”

As time goes on and opportunities for consolidation are available over its network, MMPC may build again and LEED certification will be on the table, Inman added.

“I’m sure that, where appropriate, we’ll do that. In most cases, it’s a reasonable thing to do, when you look at operating costs down the line.

“It will be brand new and be LEED-certified. We consider that a pretty big deal. Then, electronic records make a big difference, as well.”

Ground was broken in Greenville in April, Kranzo said. The building was designed by Integrated Architecture, and Kranzo said the plan is to hire as many subcontractors from Greenville as possible.

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