Alliance approves two CONs

April 23, 2011
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The Alliance for Health Evaluation Board has approved requests from Spectrum Health and Saint Mary’s Health Care and those proposals now move on to the Michigan Department of Community Health for final ratification.

The certificate-of-need requests involved adding five beds to Spectrum’s neonatal intensive care unit and replacing the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Saint Mary’s and adding another radiology procedure room there.

Spectrum’s request would increase its neonatal intensive care unit’s capacity to 72 beds. The five beds would come from the 38 unlicensed special-care basinets the system operates at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, which are currently designated as neonatal intermediate beds. No capital costs or additional staff is attached to Spectrum’s request.

Saint Mary’s plans to replace its current cardiac catheterization lab with a new one located in the same first-floor space, while the radiology procedure room would be the hospital’s third. In all, roughly 13,000 square feet would be renovated at a projected cost of $8 million.

When finished, Saint Mary’s plans to hire a radiologist, eight registered nurses, up to three imaging technicians and one radiology technician.

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