New Hospital Dream in Michigan City Unfolding into Reality
The buzz is continuing about one of the most exciting developments in Franciscan Health's recent history. Many of you have spoken with me about the progress you see as work is moving quickly on the new Franciscan Health Michigan City hospital at the northwest corner of U.S. 421 and Interstate 94.
The project has moved from a vision to a big hole in the ground to a rising structure that, by September of next year when it is scheduled to open, will be the future of healthcare in our community. The five-story structure, in a nutshell, will offer the latest in technology and design, coupled with our long tradition of offering Franciscan compassionate care.
The project continues to be on, and in some cases, ahead of schedule, thanks to the milder winter that gave our workers a huge push. Steel began going up in January and will continue into July. Very soon, we will see the size of the construction crew swell to more than 200 workers.
By the end of May, the steel frame should be nearly completed. Electrical power already is being pulled from the newly built substation and site work (drives, curbs, sidewalks) will continue to make progress. Once the final beam is installed this summer, we can expect the pre-cast exterior to begin arriving for installation.
I hope you, like me, will enjoy watching the process continue to unfold. I will keep you updated!
Learn more about the construction project and check out photos and videos from the site at FranciscanHealth.org/NewHospitalMC.
By Dean Mazzoni
President & CEO, Franciscan Health Michigan City