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Former buffet site to house urgent care center

July 13, 2018
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Mercy Health Urgent Care
The Muskegon urgent care project comes during work on the new 30,000-square-foot facility in North Muskegon (shown). Plans for the design of the newest urgent care center are not yet complete. Courtesy Mercy Health

A health system plans to put an urgent care center in the building of a former buffet restaurant in the region.

Mercy Health will develop an urgent care and workplace health facility in Muskegon’s former Old Country Buffet building, 1670 E. Sherman Blvd.

The urgent care office will give patients access to providers for non-life-threatening ailments, freeing up space in emergency rooms for patients who need to be seen quickly, said Mercy spokeswoman Erin Patrick.

The workplace health office is moving to the new location from its current spot in the Mercy Health Lab Hackley Professional Center, 1675 Leahy St., Suite 115, in Muskegon

“We are looking forward to offering more convenient and accessible health care near where our community members work and live,” said Michael Weessies, vice president of Business Health Solutions for Mercy Health. “Workplace Health will now be more centrally located for all of the individuals who are employed at the nearby industrial park’s many businesses, and also for our nearly 4,000 colleagues who utilize our workplace health services.”

Patrick said Workplace Health works with patients from more than 450 corporate clients.

While a timeline for opening has yet to be determined, Patrick said it likely will be at least a year.

Planning and renovation work will begin soon and take at least nine months to complete.

This project comes during work on a new 20,600-square-foot facility at 3295 32ndnd Ave. in Hudsonville and a new 30,000-square-foot facility at 2006 Holton Road in North Muskegon. The facilities will collectively cost $20 million and are slated to open in October and November, respectively.

The North Muskegon facility will consolidate three primary care practices in the area into a single location and will house about 15 care providers.

The Hudsonville facility brings health care services to patients who have moved to the fast-growing community.

The facilities will feature a number of health care services, including primary care, urgent care, X-ray, a lab and pharmacy.

The Hudsonville and North Muskegon facilities were designed by Tower Pinkster. Triangle Associates is serving as general contractor.

This North Muskegon facility is opening less than two years after Spectrum Health opened a $13.8-million integrated care campus across the street, at 2009 Holton Road.

Patrick said Mercy Health already had plans to build the facility before Spectrum began construction.

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