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Behind the scenes in Lakeland Medical Center Pavilion

Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 4:51 PM EDT
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ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (WNDU) -Lakeland Medical Center officially opened its new five-story medical pavilion right at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

16 News Now toured the facility Thursday to learn more about how this new space better serves patients.

With more than a quarter-million square feet of space and state of the art designs, the new Lakeland Medical Pavilion makes work more efficient for staff and safer for patients.

The space features several state-of-the-art clinical areas such as the intensive care unit, Hanson Heart Center, a 12-suite operating room, pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation, post-surgical unit, and surgery pre-planning unit.

They included important technology like laminar air flow operating rooms that cycle clean air in and out to reduce the risk of infection.

The layout also makes it easier to transport patients efficiently and privately.

"It's a 250,000 sq. ft. addition, and then to create this connection--the Main Street corridor as we call it--is another 80,000 sq. ft. renovation and the whole concept is to provide a patient experience that you come in one door and you have access to everything," said Facilities Planning, Design, & Construction manager Phil Cooper.

Cooper says construction on the Main Street corridor renovation is set to begin in August.

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