Saint Joseph Mercy opens first short stay center in Michigan

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System celebrated the opening of its new Short Stay Center at St. Joseph Mercy Brighton Health Center with an official ribbon-cutting on April 6, 2017. From left to right: Paula Millis, Director of Membership Development, Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce; Sharon Blanche, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston; Rebecca Selter, Project Manager, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System; Rob Casalou, Regional President and CEO, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System; John O'Malley, President, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston; Dave Brooks, President, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston; Kim Bannon, Clinical Nurse Manager for Emergency Services and Short Stay Center, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston; Robert Fields, MD, Medical Director, Emergency Medicine, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston; Angel Gomez, MD, Chief of Staff, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston; Pamela McConeghy, President and CEO, Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Saint Joseph Mercy Health System  unveiled a new short stay center, a first-of-it-kind health care facility at St. Joseph Mercy Brighton Health Center that expands access to care by providing overnight stays beyond 24 hours, without requiring hospital admission.  The announcement concludes a key part of a $41 million capital investment into St. Joseph Mercy Livingston hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Brighton Health Center.

“Over the last several years, we have been developing a long-range plan to ensure our ability to continue serving Livingston County with expert care and expanded services close to home,” said Rob Casalou, regional president and CEO of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.  “This center is an innovative approach geared toward outpatients, and provides a quiet, more comfortable environment for those requiring a longer stay than the typical ER visit or recovery from outpatient surgery.”

The new short stay center, located on the second floor of the St. Joe’s Brighton Health Center, offers 18 private rooms and six private bays.  The center serves patients entering through the Emergency Department, who may require extended treatment or observation.  It also serves outpatient post-surgical, procedural, medical and diagnostic recovery patients who require more time or observation prior to discharge.  The center is staffed 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week by a team of nurses and physicians and will begin accepting patients on April 17.

“With this new center, we are truly setting a trend by filling the gap between inpatient and outpatient care, and providing what is sure to become a vital service for Livingston County residents,” said Dave Brooks, president of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals.  “We have an incredible team in place committed to providing quality care at the best value for our patients.”

“Our new short stay center enables St. Joe’s to live out its mission of being a transforming, healing presence in our community,” said John O’Malley, president of St. Joseph Mercy Livingston and Brighton. “This investment demonstrates that we are attentive to the health care needs of our patients and committed to being the health care provider of choice in Livingston County.”

The short stay center is one of many recent investments Saint Joseph Mercy Health System has made at St. Joe’s Brighton and St. Joe’s Livingston.  These investments include:

  • St. Joe’s Brighton: A new operating room, expanded Specialty Center, new Joe’s Java Café, expanded food options and gift shop, Emergency Department rapid treatment program and pediatric telemedicine technologies for the Emergency Department.
  • St. Joe’s Livingston: A new surgical suite with three advanced operating rooms, Sleep Disorder Center, new Joe’s Java Café, cafeteria and gift shop.
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