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Temporary hospital at Suburban Collection Showplace to begin accepting patients

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Posted at 5:40 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 19:36:48-04

The temporary hospital at the Suburban Collection Showplace is able to accept COVID-19 patients as of Friday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office announced Monday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District led the conversion of the 250,000 square foot facility into a medical center in just over two weeks.

“There has been tremendous collaboration on our alternate care facilities in Michigan, helping to provide critical capacity for our hospitals during this global pandemic,” Whitmer said. “The efforts involved by so many, including the USACE – Detroit Division, the Michigan National Guard and Ascension Michigan, to get a second medical facility operational in two weeks once again demonstrates the innovation and collaboration that is helping Michigan get the upper hand in the fight against COVID-19.”

it is the second temporary hospital in the metro area, the first being in the TCF Center.

The Suburban Collection Showplace will accommodate 250 beeds for patients, and be managed by Ascension Michigan and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

The Suburban Collection Showplace Regional Care Center includes patient triage, physician, nursing and other patient support services, pharmacy, administrative space and a command center. The facility will accommodate 250 bed spaces for COVID-19 patients. Ascension Michigan and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System are providing management and leadership over operations of the facility with professional staff from a variety of disciplines providing care for patients on site.

Key personnel at Suburban Collection Showplace Regional Care Center include.

  • Liz Popwell will act as Chief Administrative Officer leading the overall management of the SCS Regional Care Center. Popwell serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Ascension Michigan.
  • Dr. Michael Feld will act as the Chief Medical Officer responsible for medical services at the SCS Regional Care Center. Dr. Feld is an emergency medicine physician with Ascension Michigan and the Region 2 North Healthcare Coalition Medical Director and the Macomb County Medical Control Authority Medical Director.
  • Dr. Michael Gatt will act as Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the SCS Regional Care Center. Dr. Gatt is Chief Medical Officer of St. Joe's Medical Group, part of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System's employed physician group.
  • Dr. Jodi Galdes will act as Deputy Incident Commander of the SCS Regional Care Center. Dr. Galdes is Chief Medical Information Officer of St. Mary Mercy Livonia hospital, one of St. Joe's five hospitals across southeast Michigan.

It will initially receive patients from Ascension and St. Joe's, but may also accept approved transfers from any healthcare facility. it will not accept patients by ambulance or walk-up, and will not have an ER or ICU.

“The health and safety of our patients, associates, providers and the communities we serve is Ascension Michigan’s top priority,” Dr. Kenneth Berkovitz, Senior Vice President, Ascension, and Ministry Market Executive, Ascension Michigan said in a release. "We are thankful for the collaboration with the Suburban Collection Showplace, the State of Michigan and the US Army Corps of Engineers and St. Joseph Mercy Health System to open this important facility that will provide expanded capacity for care during this global pandemic."

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