What 60 years ago was Michigan State University farmland has sprouted into the new McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital and health care campus, bringing cutting-edge medical care to the region.
The hospital has been in the works since McLaren Health Care’s 2017 announcement to build the $450 million facility. As of March 6, its doors are open to the community.
“This is truly a defining moment in McLaren’s growth as the leading statewide clinical and insurance enterprise. This is an extraordinary opportunity to collaborate with MSU to redesign and elevate health care for a region and the state for generations to come,” McLaren Health Care Corp. President and CEO Philip A. Incarnati said when the new build was announced.
The new campus includes 310 acute-care beds and one of the nation’s leading cardiac programs, state-of-the-art centers for oncology and women and children’s health, and medical/surgical units. As a teaching hospital, McLaren’s residency programs are affiliated with MSU’s colleges of medicine.
Location of the new hospital was chosen to provide easy access for patients driving to the facility or those using public transportation, according to Kirk Ray, president and CEO of McLaren Greater Lansing.
“If you take a trip on the interstates surrounding the Lansing area, you are at any given time within 15 minutes of our new campus,” Ray explained.
A new Capital Atea Transportation Authority route, the Capital City Crosstown, will include a stop at the hospital for patients and visitors unable to drive.
The new hospital and upgraded equipment will not just benefit patients but the hospital staff as well.
“I’m looking forward to having the best tools at our disposal to enhance the patient experience,” said Patient Service Supervisor J.R. Ward. “Even though our focus is patient care, I’m just as energized with our new cafeteria. It’s beautiful. It’s spacious yet comfortable.
“We owe it to the dedicated McLaren staff to make sure they get food and drink to get them through each day,” Ward added. “This is a cafeteria that anyone would be proud of. I can’t wait for the community to experience it.”