Chelsea Community Hospital broke ground for its new facility on Tuesday, March 22, with a packed tent of nearly 180 attendees, and much excitement from Hospital and community leaders.
The Hospital is building a two-story addition, including a 54 new beds which will make all the Hospital’s rooms private, as well as new Emergency Room, x-ray/imaging areas, outpatient rehab/therapy, front entrance, and lobby.
“The project that begins here today has been dreamt about and talked about for more years than some of us care to count – so in some ways, it is hard to believe this day has actually come,” said Kathleen Griffiths, President and CEO of Chelsea Community Hospital. “This May is the two-year anniversary of our merger with Trinity Health and the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. It is in very large measure because of this new relationship that this dream has become a reality.”
Leaders from Chelsea Community Hospital and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, community leaders, local government, Hospital donors, and Medical Staff listened as Griffiths talked about the new facility and what it will mean to the Hospital and the community.
“This is truly a momentous occasion in the history of Chelsea Community Hospital,” Griffiths said. “I have to admit I was humbled when someone told me recently that this project is one of, if not the largest, construction project in the history of Chelsea.”
Representatives from Albert Khan, the architectural firm, and the construction management team of The Christman Company and AIM Construction were on hand to kick off the project.
“From the very beginning, both firms brought an understanding and appreciation for the unique nature of our hospital and our campus,” Griffiths said. “Their collective talents are reflected in the wonderful design and renderings you see today. They have embraced the setting and designed a building that respects and enhances what we already have.
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System President and CEO Garry Faja spoke about the high scores CCH has received in quality, patient safety, patient satisfaction, employee engagement, and physician satisfaction.
“We are committed to supporting and preserving the special culture that Chelsea enjoys,” Faja said.
David Killips, Chair of the CCH Board of Trustees, spoke of the benefits that the construction will have on the local community, including workers who will utilize local hotels, restaurants, and businesses. This added business, he said, “could not have come at a better time.”
In addition, Killips mentioned the new technology and services at CCH as a benefit to patients and the community, enjoying cutting-edge medical care here in Chelsea.
Eric Skye, MD, CCH Chief of Staff, talked about the physician satisfaction at Chelsea and why so many physicians enjoy treating patients at CCH.
“The outstanding collaboration Chelsea Community Hospital’s physicians and its staff and administration is difficult to find at other hospitals,” he said. “Chelsea Community Hospital has always partnered with us to ensure that we can attract outstanding physicians and have the facilities we need to provide the care that people have come to expect here.”
When it was time to turn the dirt, Griffiths, Faja, Skye, and Killips lined up with City mayor Jason Lindauer to do the honors. With many congratulations and memories shared, the focus of the event was truly on one thing – providing exceptional health care in Chelsea.
“We are very proud of the reputation that CCH enjoys for quality, safety and patient satisfaction,” Griffiths said. “We know that these new state-of-the-art facilities will only enhance our ability to provide top-notch care for our patients and their families. In the end, that is what it’s all about.”