Doctors and other medical professionals aren’t waiting for McLaren Greater Lansing’s new health care campus to open in spring 2022 before having an impact on the south Lansing medical complex. They had a role in designing it, too.
“Everything — from the workflows to how the room setups are established for better patient care and better room for our families and visitors — was designed by our clinical staff. They worked with the architects on that,” said Kirk Ray, president and CEO of McLaren Greater Lansing. “And that really provides a much safer environment for patients than what we currently have.”
The $600 million campus, adjacent to Michigan State University between Collins Road and U.S. 127, includes a $253 million hospital with 240 beds, all in private rooms. It also will host a cancer center, an outpatient care center, a health and wellness pavilion, and other facilities supporting health care delivery, education and research. The campus will employ around 1,500 people, 1,000 of those at the hospital.
In the patient tower, every floor will have care team stations and staff resources in the center as well as patient care areas along the perimeter. Ray called it “a racetrack concept” that empowers health care providers to better monitor patients and access resources.
The emergency room will also feature a “vertical express” unit designed to quickly evaluate walk-ins without crowding the ER. The ER also will have its own diagnostic imaging tools and a behavioral health area set up to safely manage patients who may harm themselves or the staff.
“Until someone actually arrives, they’re not going to know that it will be a completely different experience than what they’re used to today,” Ray said.