Growth in UHS to Serve Expanded Communities2021-06-17T15:00:30+00:00

Growth in UHS to Serve Expanded Communities

As a leader in the healthcare industry, UHS is committed to exploring joint venture partners and expanding facilities to continue serving patients.

Mercy Health and UHS Announce Plans to Build Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital

Breaking news - UHS and Mercy Health

Havenwyck Hospital, an affiliate of UHS, was issued a state Certificate of Need (CON) Proposed Decision, tentatively approving development of a new inpatient behavioral health hospital with 60 adult inpatient beds. The proposed facility will include space for the development of 24 additional inpatient beds for geriatric psychiatric patients plus space for future expansion.

While the CON review was pending, Mercy Health and UHS began exploring a potential joint venture to build the new inpatient psychiatric hospital, with capacity for up to 96 beds, including the 24-bed geriatric psychiatric unit, partial hospitalization services and crisis management services, near the Mercy Health Southwest Campus in Kent County. The proposed hospital will address the growing unmet need for accessible, high-quality behavioral health services in West Michigan.

“We are excited to work together with Mercy Health on the construction of a new facility that will incorporate the latest innovative evidence-based care elements for maximum patient safety,” said Diane Henneman, Divisional Vice President, Behavioral Health, UHS. “Mercy Health is an outstanding provider of critically needed services in West Michigan. Our missions are aligned, and we share a deep commitment to expand access to compassionate care and treatment for all populations in the region.”

Subject to final CON and other regulatory approvals, construction on the new inpatient psychiatric hospital would begin in 2021. The facility is expected to open in spring 2023.

Southwest Healthcare System Announces New Patient Tower and Renovations on Inland Valley Campus

Inland Valley new towerSouthwest Healthcare System’s Inland Valley Medical Center Campus in Wildomar announced significant expansion and renovation plans that include the construction of a new patient tower. This follows last year’s announcement that Southwest Healthcare’s Rancho Springs Medical Center Campus in Murrieta will undergo expansion and renovation, focusing on Women’s and Children’s services and other key clinical offerings such as the health system’s robotics program. The facility master plan, comprising the two projects, will total more than $400 million, the largest expansion investment to date committed by UHS.

The new seven-story patient tower at Inland Valley will feature modern, state-of-the-art private patient rooms, installation of leading-edge clinical technologies for minimally invasive procedures and advanced therapies, and globally sustainable infrastructure enhancements including energy-efficient LED fixtures and solar panels. The Inland Valley Campus will continue to feature the award-winning services of bariatric weight-loss surgery; the total joint program for hip, knee and shoulder replacement; as well as surgical services for spine and the region’s only Level II American College of Surgeons (ACS) Verified Trauma Center. The project is currently anticipated to be completed in phases over the course of the next two to five years, with particular focus to ensure that the facilities will remain open for patient care with minimal disruption.

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“We have been planning this expansion for quite some time and we are now excited to move into the next phase,” stated Jared Giles, CEO of Southwest Healthcare System. “Our teams do an amazing job at delivering award-winning, quality care to our patients and their families, and with the expansion and renovation projects on both campuses, we will be able to deliver leading-edge care to more patients.”

Recent distinctions and accolades for Inland Valley include Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, the Total Joint Center awarded advanced certification from The Joint Commission for hip and knee surgery, core certification for shoulder surgery, and spine services certified by The Joint Commission. Inland Valley is also a nationally recognized center for weight-loss surgery by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program and was awarded the Blue Distinction for outstanding bariatric surgical services.