New hospital in South Haven to replace outdated building


HELLO, I’M MARLEE GINTER. TONIGHT AT 7. 3 3 MARLEE:..22 MILLION DOLLARS– THAT’S THE PRICE TAG FOR A NEW SOUTH HAVEN HOSPITAL THAT’S GOING TO TAKE THE PLACE OF ONE BUILT AROUND WORLD WAR 2. 3 MARLEE:..NEWS 8’S KYLE MITCHELL EXPLAINS WHAT THE PROJECT WILL MEAN FOR THE COMMUNITY AND THE TOURISTS WHO VISIT. 3 KYLE INTRO 26:11 “THIS IS THE SITE OF THE EXISTING HOSPITAL, BRONSON SOUTH HAVEN, THEY’RE BUILDING THE NEW HOSPITAL RIGHT NEXT DOOR AND CONSTRUCTION WORK IS ALREADY A MONTH AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.” (CONSTRUCTION NAT)WITH THE SNOW AND ICE KNOCKING ON THE DOORa&(CONSTRUCTION NAT)a& CONSTRUCTION CREWS ARE HARD AT WORK GETTING THE FOUNDATION SET FOR THE NEW BRONSON SOUTH HAVEN HOSPITAL.KIRK RICHARDSON / BRONSON SOUTH HAVEN 05:26 “THE PLAN IS TO BUILD A BRAND NEW 52,000 SQUARE FOOT TWO STORY FACILITY, WITHIN THE FACILITY WE’LL HOUSE A NEW EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, WHICH WE’LL BE INCREASING THE SIZE OF THAT FROM A 10 BED DEPARTMENT TO 14 BEDS.”KIRK RICHARDSON THE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER AND CHIEF NURSING OFFICER AT BRONSON SOUTH HAVEN SAYS THEY LOOKED AT RENOVATING THE EXISTING HOSPITAL BUT THE COST WAS JUST TOO HIGH.06:21 “WE DID A STUDY TWO YEARS AGO AND WE LOOKED AT, IF WE STAYED IN THIS FACILITY FOR YEARS TO COME WHAT WOULD IT TAKE AND AFTER WE STUDIED IT WE FOUND OUT IT WOULD BE 40 TO 60 MILLION DOLLARS.”THE CURRENT HOSPITAL HAS A PATCHWORK OF ADDITIONS THAT HAVE BEEN TACKED ON OVER THE YEARS. THE 22 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT FOR THE NEW BUILDING WILL ALLOW FOR A BETTER DESIGN.09:02 “WE WERE ABLE TO DESIGN OUR DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS VERY EFFICIENTLY AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY’RE ADJACENT TO ONE ANOTHER.”THE NEW EXPANDED EMERGENCY ROOM WILL HAVE MODERN EFFICIENCIES LIKE LED LIGHTING — WHICH WILL BE USED THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING.11:49 “WE ARE INCREASING THE SIZE OF THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AND THAT’S DUE TO THE POPULATION GROWTH THAT WE SEE DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS IN SOUTH HAVEN BECAUSE IT’S A VERY POPULAR TOURIST TOWN.”THE DESIGN OF THE BUILDING WILL HAVE MORE OPEN AREAS WITH NATURAL LIGHT AND WILL BE BUILT TO LAST. 10:07 “THE IMPORTANT THING IN REALLY LOOKING AT THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE. IT’S REALLY PREVENTATIVE HEALTH AND MAKING SURE WE HAVE A STRONG FOOTPRINT IN PRIMARY CARE BECAUSE OUR GOAL IS TO KEEP PEOPLE OUT OF THE HOSPITAL.” KYLE TAG 27:31 “THEY PLAN TO OPEN THE NEW HOSPITAL IN THE BEGINNING OF 2021 REPORTING

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