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U of M shows off new $175M Brighton health center ahead of Sept. 4 opening

Following more than two years of construction, University of Michigan Health System is ready to open a new health center in Brighton that is expected to serve an estimated 250,000 patients a year.

Construction of the 297,000-square-foot facility on university-owned land, which began in July 2016, wrapped up this month.

The $175 million specialty health center will open to patients Sept. 4. 

The facility, which is named the Brighton Center for Specialty Care, will provide more than 50 adult and pediatric specialty services. It will bring in more than 200 specialty medical providers and create about 450 full-time and part-time jobs.

Martha Matuszak, the chief physicist at the University of Michigan's new Brighton Center for Specialty Care, shows off a linear accelerator treatment machine used for radiation and oncology patients, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. 

"This is the biggest build Michigan Medicine has had outside of the main hospital in Ann Arbor," Brighton center Medical Director John Wei said. "For the first time, we'll have a large contingency of specialists here in Brighton."

Wei said the U of M Health System selected Brighton as the location for several reasons. 

"The population is growing," Wei said. "And if you look just at our staff, a lot of them live here."

University of Michigan Health System officials, local dignitaries and government officials gathered Tuesday to dedicate the health center at 7500 Challis Road with a ribbon cutting.

The dedication was a first look at the finished facility for a couple hundred people in attendance. 

How much was invested into new construction

"The city and the Brighton area community is honored and privileged to have gained such an exceptional health care facility here," Mayor Jim Muzzin said during a speech at Tuesday's dedication. "This is well beyond."

Muzzin said the new health center prompted additional investment in the community while it was still under construction. 

He estimated companies have invested about $42 million in new construction, including new hotels near the center. 

Services at the Brighton Center for Specialty Care include some surgeries in a unit that will provide a 23-hour stay. Out-patient surgeries will also be performed at the center.  

Cancer care, cardiovascular, MRI, physical rehabilitation, psychiatry, radiation therapy, urology and rheumatology services are among the 50-some services patients will receive. 

The center also houses a 24-hour, 7-day sleep lab, pharmacy and laboratory.

The Kellogg Eye Center's Brighton branch was moved to the new Brighton health center. Its previous location is temporarily closed until the U of M Health System determines what to do with the site, according to health system officials. 

The new health center will not have an emergency department or urgent care. 

Highlights of the new health center

Among the highlights of the new health center, a linear accelerator treatment machine for radiation and oncology patients is one of six housed at U of M facilities.

A large physical therapy and occupational therapy wing features a basketball court and full gym with fitness equipment. A rock wall is planned in the near future. 

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