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U-M Hospital gets approval for new $175M Brighton health center

The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved its health system's plans to build a new $175 million, 320,000-square-foot facility in Brighton during the board's Thursday, Nov. 19 meeting.

If the plans are approved by the state and granted a certificate of need, the center will be constructed on university-owned land near U-M's Brighton Health Center on Challis Road.

The Brighton facility is the second UMHS health center approved by regents in the past six months. In July, regents approved a new $46 million, 75,000-square-foot medical facility on Little Lake Drive, near Jackson and Wagner roads in Scio Township, called the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers West Ann Arbor Health Center.

UMHS also opened a two story, 100,000-square-foot, $39 million facility on Haggerty Road in Northville in July of 2015.
The new building in Brighton will include adult and pediatric specialty care, infusion, a comprehensive musculoskeletal center, sleep lab, ambulatory diagnostic and treatment center, radiation oncology, operating rooms, medical procedure unit, pharmacy, radiology, and lab  services, documents indicate.

According to documents submitted to the Board of Regents, UMHS said ambulatory care activity in the health system has grown and is approaching 2 million annual visits, increasing the health system's need to expand capacity.

"As part of these efforts, the UMHS proposes the construction of a new and larger health center in the Brighton market. The existing Brighton facilities include a leased ophthalmology clinic of 6,200 square feet located on Whitmore Lake Road and a leased ambulatory clinic of 41,500 square feet on Challis Road," documents said.

The project will be funded by UMHS resources and will create about 125 on-site construction jobs.

Design, which will be done by Northville-based HKS Architects, is scheduled to begin immediately. UMHS will present a construction schedule when it seeks approval of schematic designs from the regents.

This article originally appeared in MLive.
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