MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE held a ceremonial groundbreaking event on Wednesday, May 15 for its new state-of-the-art facility that will be home to three of Memorial’s growing clinical service lines, the Memorial Healthcare Institute for Neurosciences and Multiple Sclerosis, the orthopedic practice and the therapy and rehabilitation services. The facility will also be home to a new Community Wellness Center that will offer the community access to broad medically-based wellness programs. The groundbreaking took place north of the Medical Arts Building on the Memorial Healthcare campus in Owosso, with a reception following in the Medical Arts building across campus.

   The groundbreaking was attended by hundreds of hospital staff and their families, community members and stakeholders. Memorial Healthcare President/CEO Brian Long, FACHE, Memorial Healthcare Board of Trustees chair-elect Greg Bontrager, Chief of Neurology Dr. Rany Aburshed and Chief of Staff Dr. Michael Schmidt addressed the large group of spectators before donning hard hats and putting shovels to dirt.

   “At Memorial Healthcare, we have witnessed incredible clinical growth,” began Brian Long. “In 2018, we saw a 28 percent increase in net revenue and the addition of over 100 new jobs to our employee base, which is now over 1,200. Today, we stand ready to continue that growth pattern.

   “We will continue to invest to bring in the best medical providers and support teams, ultimately minimizing how far residents of this community have to travel to access the healthcare that they deserve and need. The families that we care for are not just our patients; they’re our neighbors, relatives and friends. This project is not really about bricks and mortar; it’s about people. The scope, scale and size of this project are significant, but it is really about fulfilling our mission to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.”

   “When we first started planning this, about seven years ago, Dr. (Margaret) Frey and I worked in a 400-square-foot building,” began Dr. Aburshed. “Since that time we have added what I consider some of the most intelligent, compassionate neurologists to our team. We’re to the point now, where we can’t figure out if we need five more offices or 30 more offices.

   “Many of you don’t realize that patients come to us for neurological services from all over the world,” Dr. Aburshed continued. “The reason for that is our focus on innovation and our focus on our patients. This new building is entirely centered around the patients, and going forward everything we do needs to continue to be about the patients. I cannot stress that enough. The work begins now, and I can’t wait for what the next 10 years brings.”

   Shown during the ceremonial groundbreaking is (from left) Dr. Michael Schmidt, Dr. Rany Aburshed, Greg Bontrager and Brian Long.

(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)

Ceremonial groundbreaking event was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by Karen Elford