Crittenton plans improvement projects after Ascension deal: 3 things to know

Now that St. Louis-based Ascension has expanded its Michigan footprint with Rochester, Mich.-based Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, it is planning multiple capital and clinical service improvement projects at the hospital, according to a Crain's Detroit Business report.

Here are three things to know about the hospital's improvement plan.

1. Officials said Crittenton plans include:

  • Renovating its emergency department to improve aesthetics and patient flow
  • Increasing the size of two of its 11 operating rooms and upgrade the hospital's EMR system
  • Establishing a center for breast health
  • Improving its heart program. According to Terry Hamilton, Crittenton's acting president, equipment upgrades will include cardiology imaging and interventional radiology. The report notes Crittenton will also receive a new community system to store multiple types of medical imaging, as well as a new cardiac catheterization lab, in 2017.

2. Hospital officials did not disclose a total capital spending amount. However, experts estimate spending will likely total more than $25 million, according to the report.

3. Officials expect the infusion of upgrades to immediately make the hospital more competitive and profitable.


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