New Building Dedication, Open House Celebrate Opening 12/12/2012 Chelsea Community Hospital celebrated the completion of its new facility with two landmark events during the first week of December.
A Blessing and Dedication Ceremony took place on December 4, which included members of CCH, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS), and Trinity Health administration, donors, community leaders, and past and present CCH Trustees. Dr. Bruce Stubbs, one of the original founders of the Hospital, was also in attendance at this event.
The ceremony featured speeches from Nancy Graebner, President and CEO of CCH, Garry Faja, President and CEO of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Brad Wylie, Chief of Staff at CCH, and Dave Killips, Chair of the Board of Trustees at CCH. The Blessing was presented by Sister Yvonne Gellise, RSM, Senior Advisor for Governance, SJMHS. The dedication was presented by Rev. Kathy Schell, Director of Mission Services for CCH.
After the dedication, several individuals participated in a ribbon cutting in the lobby of the new building while guests enjoyed refreshments and self-guided tours.
“This was a monumental day for Chelsea Community Hospital, as we celebrated the completion of our new facility,” said Graebner. “We were honored to have so many special guests from both our past and our present to share this special blessing and dedication. It was truly an unforgettable experience.”
On Sunday, December 9, CCH welcomed over 1,500 community members through its doors for its community open house.
Visitors commented on the artwork adorning the walls and patient rooms, which includes pieces specially selected by an arts committee, in partnership with the Chelsea Center for the Arts. Many also commented on the comfortable furniture for visitors and guests, as well as the breathtaking glass and art in the Kathleen S. Griffiths Lobby, named after the Hospital’s former President and CEO.
The new facility includes a 54-bed addition of private patient rooms, allowing most of the existing patient rooms to become private as well. The new building also includes an expanded emergency department, diagnostic imaging areas, outpatient rehabilitation/therapy, and new Main Entrance, including a café, gift shop, and meeting rooms.
“Seeing all these people come through our doors today reminds me that this is truly the community’s Hospital,” Graebner said. “The members of our communities feel a sense of ownership with our Hospital, and they feel a sense of pride. I had the privilege of meeting many people today who told me how much this Hospital means to them. It reaffirmed for me the reason why we are here – to provide an exceptional health care experience to the communities we serve.”