(WXYZ) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said that Ascension Michigan will work with the State of Michigan at the second alternative care facility for COVID-19 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.
The announcement, which came down on Tuesday, said the event space will hold up to 1,000 COVID-19 patients. It is the second alternative care site in metro Detroit.
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Last week, the state announced TFC Center in downtown Detroit would serve as an alternative care site, and should begin taking patients soon as construction on beds is nearly complete.
“This is more good news for Michiganders in our fight against COVID-19,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Having access to more medical facilities and more space for health care professionals to perform their life saving work means we are more able to slow the spread of COVID-19. Fighting this virus is going to take all of us working together as Michiganders, and I want to thank everyone who has stepped up to volunteer at a health care facility or donate blood, money, or medical supplies. We will get through this.”
“The health and safety of our patients, associates, providers and communities is Ascension Michigan’s top priority,” said Dr. Kenneth Berkovitz, Senior Vice President, Ascension, and Ministry Market Executive, Ascension Michigan. “We look forward to collaborating on this critically important initiative as we help to expand capacity for care during this global pandemic. We will get through this by working together to care for all those in need.”
“We are uniquely positioned to be able to support this effort and the fight against COVID-19. We feel it is important to serve as a resource to the state and the community in these times of need,” said Blair Bowman, Owner of the Suburban Collection Showplace.
In addition to TCF Center and the Suburban Collection Showplace, other locations in Michigan are under consideration for future expansion, based on anticipated need.
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