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Health system plans new hospital and medical offices
A health system is planning a project costing up to $22 million to replace a hospital and medical offices in the region.
Bronson Healthcare said last month it will replace the aging Bronson South Haven Hospital and medical office buildings at 955 S. Bailey Ave. with a new hospital and medical offices in a health village setting.
The new hospital and medical offices will be built on the east side of Bronson South Haven’s property, near the entrance from Blue Star Highway.
The hospital will choose design and construction partners early next year and then square footage and other planning aspects will be determined.
Construction is expected to begin next fall and finish at the end of 2020.
Funding will be done through the bond market.
The possibility of new jobs will be determined once plans are further developed.
The current hospital and medical office buildings, which are too costly to renovate, will be demolished to create more parking and green spaces.
The new development will be designed based on the inpatient and outpatient services most used by the community, as well as health care trends.
Plans include the new hospital, a 14-bed emergency department, lab and imaging services, pharmacy and medical offices for primary care and specialty providers.
Programming will be expanded to address identified community health needs, such as outpatient chronic disease management and access to mental health and addiction services.
The health village will also include the current Bronson Wellness Center, at 950 S. Bailey Ave., which provides nutrition, fitness and rehabilitation services, as well as Bronson FastCare, at 970 S. S. Bailey Ave., which offers walk-in care for minor health conditions.
The health system said that today, 89 percent of residents leave South Haven for inpatient care, so the new hospital will be sized to fit local needs.
Since the hospital currently averages fewer than four inpatients and three surgeries per day, the new facility will have eight licensed beds and no operating rooms.
While patients may schedule surgery appointments from South Haven, the procedures will be completed at Bronson LakeView Hospital in Paw Paw or Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.
Patients with life-threatening conditions or emergency surgical needs will be transferred to Bronson Methodist Hospital, as they are today.
Surgeries and surgical staff will be transitioned to those other Bronson locations by the end of 2018.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a state-of-the-art destination for health care along the lakeshore, and we look forward to all the ways it will help us advance the health of our communities,” said Kirk Richardson, chief operating officer, Bronson South Haven Hospital.