DMC breaking ground on $78M Heart Hospital

Posted on January 20, 2012

The Detroit Medical Center broke ground Tuesday on its $78 million Heart Hospital, a new five-story hospital expected to open in January 2014.

The new 200,000-square-foot building will become the home of the DMC’s Cardiovascular Institute on its main campus, bringing together cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and vascular surgeons to treat patients and conduct research in one location.

“This is the first heart hospital in our state,” Dr. Theodore L. Schreiber, Cardiovascular Institute president, said at a Tuesday morning ceremony. “It’s going to be … beyond cutting edge.”

The DMC Heart Hospital is among the larger construction projects pledged by owner Vanguard Health Systems Inc. Vanguard, when it bought the DMC on Jan. 1, 2011, pledged to spend $500 million over five years on new construction and expansion projects, including the Heart Hospital.

The DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center, a five-story outpatient center project, may open in April, and at least two more groundbreakings for projects at Harper University Hospital and Sinai-Grace Hospital are scheduled for March.

Melissa Burden, The Detroit News