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Uniting research and clinical programs

Children’s Hospital of Michigan,
Master Planning
Detroit, MI

The Master Plan provided the tools and information to meet the dual mission of providing tertiary pediatric care while maintaining the academic and research components of an Academic Medical Center.
Following the planning effort, we worked with CHM to implement recommendations, including the expansion of ambulatory, emergency, inpatient, intensive care, and diagnostic and treatment services. These projects have resulted in an increase in the number of private patient beds, a single family room NICU, rightsizing of primary and preventative care, reorganization of the Centers of Excellence, and an enhanced collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment for teaching and research with the Detroit Medical Center.
This Master Plan assessed potential capacity shortfalls and needs of the existing campus and provided a realistic framework to resolve deficiencies, prioritize improvements, and guide future investments. With this dynamic plan, the renewal cycle was able to flex to accommodate changing needs.
In the decade following the completion of the Master Plan, we worked on several projects at CHM. Construction of the new 106,500-sf Specialty Center was the first step towards the expansion and relocation of the primary pediatric and adolescent outpatient program off-site. The 75,000-sf Carls Renovation project focused on surgical, cardiovascular and complex multi-specialty clinics, rearranging these specialty outpatient programs per the planned Centers of Excellence. The most recent project, the 235,000-sf Critical Care Tower includes a 30 single-bed NICU, a 48 single-bed PICU, and new perioperative platform, radiology and emergency services.
The Center of Excellence concept relies on a physical environment that encourages interaction between clinicians and researchers as well as patients, families, and their medical teams. Each Center of Excellence is assigned to one floor in the complex.