TRAVERSE CITY — Traffic around Munson Medical Center will be rerouted starting Monday as construction gets underway on an expansion project years in the making.
Beaumont Place will be closed at Sixth Street, and those visiting the Emergency Department will use an alternate entrance. The Beaumont closure will allow for the permanent shift of Sixth Street 200 feet to the north to make room for a tower up to seven stories tall.
Another project, the Kids Creek restoration on the Munson campus, will result in closure of the Seventh Street emergency entrance. People will use the entrance off Medical Campus Drive to the south of the hospital. That project is expected to take six weeks to complete.
Beaumont will be closed until May 13. During that time, people should use the Madison Avenue entrance to enter the Cowell Family Cancer Center parking lot. Beginning May 15, people entering the center will use the entrance off the newly-shifted Sixth Street.
Steve Tongue, vice president of facilities for Munson Healthcare, said signs will direct people during construction.
"We're very sensitive to our neighbors, as well as our patients and families that will be navigating around campus this spring," Tongue said. "We're going to do our best to minimize the impact and make things flow smoothly."
By mid-June, construction will start on a Surgical Services project that puts a two-story addition on the north side of the hospital. Four operating suites will be added, and another two renovated, for a total of 21 suites.
The growth in surgical services is driving the need, Tongue said, and upgrades will take about two years.
"We're building with future operations in mind," Tongue said. "We're actually shelling space for the future for a total of 30 operating rooms."
The work is part of Munson's master facility plan and northern expansion project that included construction of a new 470-spot visitor parking deck that opened in October.
The tower will house a new Family Birth and Children's Center that will deliver the full spectrum of birthing care, including a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) that will expand from 4,000 to 16,000 square feet. The center also will include a new pediatric unit with 15 beds and room for families.
Construction of the $38 million Family Center is set to begin in summer 2020, It should take about two years to complete.
Other hospital improvements include upgrades to cardiac and cancer services, with the overall cost slated at about $80 million.