Groundbreaking for the Hospital of the Future – Full Presentation


– Thank you all so much for coming. It’s heartwarming to see so many friends and supporters of the
University of Michigan and Michigan Medicine come together on this very important day. I’d especially like to welcome
the university’s regents, many of whom are sitting
here on the front row and second row, as well as university executive officers and several elected officials, including: Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, who you all will hear more
from in a few minutes, Yousef Rabhi, Michigan
State representative, and Donna Lasinski, state representative of the 52nd district, and several county commissioners. Thank you all for joining us. (applause) Today is a very exciting day for us, and it’s an important
milestone in a long journey. A number of years ago, we
began to envision the future, and how we would stay on the
cutting edge of healthcare, in order to provide our patients the most comprehensive care to many of the most complicated patients, that come to our health system. And after a huge amount of work, research, planning, and dialogue, today we are embarking on the
next phase of this project: breaking ground and beginning
site work and construction. I’d like to take a moment to
reflect on the planning process that brought us here
to where we are today. With the help of our architect
and engineering partners, many in the Michigan Medicine community participated in multiple
robust planning sessions. This included our providers
of care for our patients, it included support staff, it included administrators, patient and family advisors. Everyone came together
with one goal in mind: to envision and design
the hospital of the future that will transform how
we provide complex care. This entire process was
an excellent reflection of the spirit of Michigan, where we collaborate, where we bring the best ideas
forward to problem-solve and to find solutions. I’d also like to thank all of you, many of whom are in the audience, who participated and
supported this process. (applause) Today’s event commemorates
all that work and effort and celebrates what we anticipate
to be the next generation of the highest caliber of
care for our community. It’s even more incredible that we commenced this
project the very same year that we celebrate the 150th anniversary of University Hospital. December marks our
century-and-a-half milestone, a perfect time that we begin
preparing for our next century of advanced patient care,
education, and research. You’ll hear from a number
of different leaders today, who can provide their unique perspective on how the hospital of the future will transform our ability to care for patients and their families. Now I’d like to introduce the University of Michigan
president, Dr. Mark Schlissel. (applause) – Good morning everybody,
and thank you, Marshall, for the kind introduction,
but more importantly, for your outstanding leadership
of Michigan Medicine. I also want to thank everyone in the Michigan family and beyond, whose help make today possible. Of course, we would not be
here for this historic day without the commitment of the University of
Michigan Board of Regents. Many of them are here today,
but I’ll read all their names. Jordan Acker from Huntington Woods, Mike Behm from Grand Blanc, Mark Bernstein from Ann Arbor, Paul Brown from Ann Arbor, Shauna Ryder Diggs from Grosse Pointe, Denise Ilitch from Bingham Farms, Ron Weiser from Ann Arbor, and Kathy White from Ann Arbor. Let’s give the Board of
Regents a round of applause. (applause) As Dr. Runge said, 150 years ago, in 1869, U of M established the
nation’s first hospital owned and operated by a university. It was a historic and important moment, not just for Michigan, but
for the future of healthcare. It had 20 beds, no wards
or operating suites, and was located in the
residence of a former professor. Since then, That was probably less expensive, though. (laughter) Since then, we’ve pioneered
how physicians, nurses, and other healthcare
professionals are trained. We’ve launched programs,
departments, and centers that are first of their kind anywhere, in areas that include human genetics, dermatology, and depression. We’ve been recognized at top
levels for patient safety, nursing excellence, and as a workplace, amongst any of our honors. University of Michigan hospitals have always helped lead the way in advancing all parts
of our public mission. We teach future generations of healthcare practitioners and leaders. We serve the public here in Michigan and around the world as we heal. We drive the cadence of human progress through the commitment to
discovery at the highest levels. Now, a century and a half after
the first U of M hospital, we’re advancing our lifesaving work through this new project. Its state-of-the-art facilities will give our outstanding team
of healthcare professionals the ability to respond very
quickly to complex needs and changes in a patient’s condition. It’s a project that is
crucial for our state, our university, and the millions of people throughout the area who rely on us for quality
advanced healthcare. And, it’s another historic
moment for our university, as we will transform patient
care for Michiganders. Thank you all very much. (applause) It’s my pleasure to introduce the chairman of the Board of Regents, Regent Ron Weiser. (applause) – Thank you, President Schlissel. I’m excited to be here on
behalf of the Board of Regents, as we celebrate another
important milestone in the university’s history. And I do wanna tell you why
this is so personal to me. I’ve had children born here, I’ve had grandchildren born here, some of their lives have been saved here, my life has been saved here, and I’m sure all of you
have similar stories. So that’s why it’s so important to me. As a regent, donor, and patient, I often marvel at the ingenuity of our physicians, nurses,
technicians, and other providers, and the impact they have
on advancing healthcare to serve the state of
Michigan and the world. To maintain our global leadership in medical practice and research, we must adapt to society’s changing needs by increasing capacity to accommodate patients
needing complex care, and providing access to others, those who may not have other options. This project helps us
demonstrate what is possible when experts work together, as we stimulate
discoveries and save lives. In September, my Regent
Board colleagues and I unanimously approved the creation of this transformative hospital. We have been deeply involved
throughout the entire process leading up to its historic moment. The new facility will serve as a resource for other hospitals around the globe. We’ll provide hundreds
of construction jobs to boost the regional and state economy, and it will allow us to meet our state’s current and future patient needs. I would like to commend executive vice president Marschall Runge for his outstanding leadership, as well as the instrumental guidance of the University of Michigan
Health Systems Board, and the Regent’s Health Affairs Committee, which is chaired by my colleague regent, Shauna Ryder Diggs. Also, a special thanks to my
co-chair regent Denise Ilitch. Thank you all for your
dedication, hard work, and thoughtful counsel
throughout this process. You have helped make this all possible. Also, a special thanks to all of those involved in shaping plans
for this new hospital. Your vision, dedication, and commitment are key to the University
of Michigan’s future as a universal leader in medicine. We are proud to stand with you today at the forefront of innovation, and look forward to all that lies ahead. (applause) Congratulations to all, and now I’d like to
introduce Dave Spahlinger, President of the U of M Health System. (applause) – Thank you, Ron. So, many of you know that for many years, Michigan Medicine has faced
challenges with patient access. It’s a daily struggle to
meet the needs of hospitals who request transfers across the state. Our university hospital
runs at full capacity on a daily basis, and operating on that level
is stressful for everybody. With the new inpatient facility, we will improve not only in
the environment for patients, but the environment in which
our caregivers practice. The additional rooms will
give us the breathing room to renovate our semi-private
rooms in University Hospital and eventually become all private rooms. We plan to add 264 rooms
in the new facility, and those will all be private. The new facility, however,
will take four years to build. And so during that time,
we will need to continue to work with our partners
across the state, in order to enhance
access for our patients across the state. In the future, our main medical campus will be positioned to
serve the highest acuity, most complex patients,
from across the state. The caliber of care that will
be possible in four years will not be available anywhere else in the state of Michigan. So, this is a very exciting time for us. We envision our future and how we will be a
critical healthcare provider to better serve our communities and our partner health systems. At this time, I’d like
to bring up Debby Dingell to say a few words. (applause) – Good afternoon, everybody. I wasn’t planning on speaking,
so I’m honored to be here. I just wanna say a couple of things. I wanna thank the entire leadership of the University of
Michigan healthcare system. From Marschall Runge,
who does a great job, Dave, the doctors, the
nurses, the researchers, the people that clean the floors, the people that clean the food. There is a team at the
University of Michigan that cares about the patients and contributes to the work
that’s being done there every single day. And we need to thank them for getting us to where we are today. (applause) And President Schlissel,
who’s a doctor himself, and the Board of Regents,
who I know care deeply, their leadership, and Ron Weiser, my wonderful Republican
nonpartisan American friend, (laughter)
– You know, that’s what we’re here today to celebrate. Healthcare is my passion. I don’t think people realize
the jewel that we have here at the University of Michigan, and the breaking-edge research
that’s being done here, the cutting-edge research, and how it’s not only helping people in the state of Michigan, but people throughout the world. And we need to make sure
that that research continues. Because it’s saving
lives, extending lives, and vetting the medicine. I drive some of the doctors here nuts, because how can I do public policy without their teaching me? I’ve sit in that hospital. I know there’s a bed shortage. I know there’s a doctor shortage. I know there’s a medicine shortage. I know there are lots of problems. But I know that there’s a leadership team at the University of Michigan, and the groundbreaking today is gonna put us on a path of addressing the shortage of beds, combining and bringing together people for that innovative research that we need, and today is another day on the journey that is gonna keep this
hospital of the forefront of innovation and technology, and help patients in
Michigan, and in the world. Thank you very much. (applause) – Well thank you, Congresswoman Dingell. It’s a little hard to follow that, (laughter) but we’re up to the task. Good afternoon, I’m Shon Dwyer, I’m the executive director
for the University Hospital and Cardiovascular Center. When we refer to this new facility as “the hospital of the future,” we really, truly believe
that it’s gonna be that. It’s gonna be awesome. This hospital will have the most advanced technologies available, in its 12 floors, 20 operating rooms, and three interventional radiology suites. The space will allow us to
offer an elevated level of care, and more opportunities for
our care teams to collaborate across different
disciplines and functions. We anticipate that the primary
services in the building… Yes… Will be neurosurgical
and neurological care, cardiovascular care, advanced imaging, and other specialty services. We’re so happy about that. We are also really excited that it’ll be connected to
our cardiovascular center, and that’ll allow us to
have seamless transitions for our staff and our patients, and coordination across our care teams. One of the things we’re really proud of, and a unique design
feature in the building, and I know if you’ve ever been
in one of our current rooms, they’re very small. And this building is gonna have fantastic, expanded family space. Can I get a “yes” for that? (applause) We know, and we take to heart,
patient family centered care. And we know that the loved
ones and family members are an integral part of health care, and around healing and recovery, and they do need to be
involved in the care planning, and as decisions are made,
sometimes difficult decisions that need the patient, the family, and the care team together. We also know, from watching and listening to our highly valued
patient and family advisors, that they believe, and it’s shown, that outcomes are typically better when surrounded by the
people who love you. You get their support and their strength. So we were very intentional
about designing a space that facilitates and
supports the abilities for families to be involved
in the patient care and with our care team. To the literally hundreds, and when I say hundreds, I mean hundreds, of stakeholders that were
involved in the design process, our incredible nurses,
our physicians, our techs, our therapists, our
facilities and support people, our IT staff and faculty,
our patients and families who gave of their time, who came in their wheelchairs and canes and all kinds of things, to give us input, our team of administrative
folks who corralled all of those hundreds of people, we just say thank you,
thank you, thank you, for your hard work, your
commitment, to really create what is going to be a spectacular
hospital of the future. And with that, I would like
to introduce Kaitlyn Wetthall. Come on, Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn is a patient who has
experienced our neurosurgical, our neurological, and our
radiation oncology services, and we’re so thankful
that you’re here today to share your story with us, and your willingness to
get up in front of a group. You can do it,
– Yes. – You’re going to be great. So, thank you very much. – Thank you. (applause) You guys are a great crowd,
you’re going to make it easy. Thank you for inviting me to be here. As a die-hard Spartan fan, some people may have thought that this would be a hard
engagement for me to speak at. On the contrary, I couldn’t
say yes fast enough. My Michigan Medicine teams… They’re the best at what they do, and they have truly become
a part of my family. The term “Go blue” has a
new meaning at my home. We have T-shirts, I think we have magnets now. It’s good. I’m happy to say that I am
far past the average lifespan for my diagnosis. Statistics said I would last nine months, but as my doctor, Dr. Umemura, told me, “Statistics only matter after the fact,” and I am far from done fighting. My team found and fought
for me to receive treatment with an experimental drug
awaiting approval from the FDA. Numerous agencies,
corporations, and committees, they fought, not just for
Michigan Medicine, but for me. And through me, for brain tumor
patients across the country. The care and support my
family and I have received with Michigan Medicine
has been unparalleled. I have friends who treat
with other hospitals, and it breaks my heart, because they should be here. Breaking ground on this
hospital of the future will allow more patients access to all-star, comprehensive
neurological care. I’m honored to be here today
for many, many reasons, not least of which is the fact that without the hard work and support of my Michigan Medicine family, I don’t think I would be here today. I know I would not be here today. Thank you again, and I’m excited to see what
the hospital will bring. (applause) – Thank you, Kaitlyn, for sharing your powerful,
impactful story with all of us. I’m trusting our care
team’s department with you. You may have been a die-hard Spartan, but now you’re a loyal Wolverine. (laughter) So please give her
another round of applause. (applause) It is many patient stories like Kaitlyn’s that inspired us to dream. To dream about how we might provide enhanced and complex patient
care in this new hospital. For those of you that don’t
know me, I’m Tony Denton, I’m Senior Vice President
and Chief Operating Officer of the University of
Michigan Health System. And I wanna elaborate just a bit on our commitment to not
only expanding access to world-class patient care, but also to the (mumbles) design and
construction principles, principles which reaffirm
our long-standing legacy of environmental stewardship
and sustainability. Our community commitment to managing a positive
and healthy ecosystem through efficient energy
use, recycling, reuse, and waste reduction, have been recognized nationally
for the last 16 years by Practice GreenHealth, with a membership of 1,100
acute care hospitals. We are proud of that recognition. Our hospital of the future
will be no different. Actually, we aim to raise the bar, on new levels of
environmental sustainability. We plan, we aim, to see gold. Gold certification in the
worldwide green building program, Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design, also known as LEED. LEED provides a framework which measures and recognizes
an organization’s commitment to building healthy and
energy-efficient facilities as a positive contribution
to our environment. We are corporate citizens. Typically, LEED Gold facilities
consume 25% less energy, generate 34% lower
greenhouse gas emissions than non-Gold buildings. With our planned investment in energy-efficient infrastructure, we project a significant reduction
in energy costs per year. Components of the new hospital
will also use materials with recycled content. What about the trees? We’ve heard many
questions about the trees, and want you to know
that most of these trees that currently surround you on this land will be carefully transplanted
to various locations to beautify other spaces
across our Ann Arbor campuses. And a late note for you to be aware, this is a waste-free event. So all of your cups and paper will also be disposed of properly. So thank you. Thank you so much. Now please join me in
welcoming Dr. Karin Muraszko, Julian T. Hoff professor and chair of the
Department of Neurosurgery, to say a few words. (applause) – Speaking as I do for
the faculty and staff that were part of this planning
process, I can tell you we are really, really
excited to be here today. It’s been a long journey,
but it’s been one that has been with every single
member of the institution participating in some way,
either by supporting us, or being present through
these planning sessions. The entire facility, from
the most advanced equipment to the individuals that
will be participating in it, will have operating
rooms that will be there for improvement in patient care. Rather than moving a patient
from one location to another, the building is designed so that a patient can co-locate all of these
specialties in one area. Each room in this hospital will be able to convert into
an ICU bed if it’s necessary. And we’ll have the facility
not only to do this, but also have the staff to
be able to accomplish this. When it matters, and when
it’s a matter of seconds, we’ll be able to deliver
that care in seconds. We’ll also be able to
advance new innovations. The ability to co-locate
neurology, neurosurgery, radiology, pathology, in one area, will be extremely important. When you bring people together,
new ideas are established. I foresee this facility will not only help us
better care for patients, but it will also help us as an institution to advance science. One of the most important
things that we can do is take care of patients. It’s a sacred promise to each of us to do the best that we can. This facility will take
care of not only you, but your children and your grandchildren. It’s important for Michigan, and we hope with the
things that we will invent, the things that we will develop, the things that we’ll
bring to fruition here, it’ll also help the rest of the world. I can say that I am prouder
today than I’ve ever been at the University of Michigan
to see us advancing medicine, bringing us together for
the hospital of the future. Thank you for being here,
thank you for your support, and most of all, thank
you to the future patients that we’ll be able to take care of in this state-of-the-art facility. (applause)

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