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DMC $60M Construction Projects Begin

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 5, 2011

Detroit Medical Center has announced construction contracts totaling more than $60 million for architectural designs, engineering, and construction management, the first phase of a $300 million capital improvement initiative.

The projects were promised in the eight-hospital health system's $1.5 billion acquisition by private, for-profit Vanguard Health Systems, Inc.

"What better way to start the new year than by moving forward with eight DMC construction projects?" Michael Duggan, president/CEO of DMC system, says. "We promised our patients, our employees and the City of Detroit that we would aggressively move in the bulldozers and forklifts once the agreement was final. Today we start fulfilling that promise---and this is just the beginning."

Contracts totaling $50 million dollars went to the DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center and to private room renovation at DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital.

Two architectural projects are the Cardiovascular Institute and Multispecialty Building, a five-story, 150,000-square-foot building, and the Sinai-Grace Hospital Emergency Department expansion, which will double the ED and add 46 ICU beds.

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