— July 29, 2020

McLaren boosts pandemic preparedness for new health care campus

The new normal. By now you’ve probably heard the phrase used to describe how the coronavirus has changed how we live.

In many ways, it means making even smarter decisions to limit the spread of infectious disease in ways we didn’t before. That’s why McLaren Greater Lansing’s new health care campus is being designed with “the new normal” in mind.

“We recognized that if we have another pandemic like COVID-19 we would need even more rooms to that could accommodate a severely ill patient,” said Austin Holcomb, McLaren Greater Lansing director of facilities management.

McLaren’s new state-of-the-art hospital will already include 30 ICU rooms, but in response to the pandemic, McLaren is now incorporating additional oxygen and medical air outlets in stepdown units. This allows for another 16 rooms that can accommodate a patient with a respiratory illness.

The changes that are being made in response to the coronavirus will also be seen in registration areas throughout McLaren’s new hospital, cancer center and medical services building. “We’re integrating sneeze guards into the design of registration areas,” said Holcomb. “They’ll be a permanent fixture and part of the aesthetic design of the spaces.”

McLaren has already gone above-and-beyond to ensure the safety of patients in their hospital by changing waiting areas to ensure social distancing, and the same idea is being used in the design of the new health care campus.

“We’ve changed all waiting areas in the new facilities to individual seating, which allows us the freedom to move chairs when social distancing is needed,” said Holcomb. “The furniture in the new hospital will also be even easier to clean with materials that can hold up to even the most robust cleaning agents.”

When complete, McLaren’s new campus will house a 240-bed state-of-the-art hospital, cancer center, ambulatory and other facilities to support health care delivery, educational opportunities and medical research. When fully complete, it will be home to over 1,000 physicians, researchers, educators and other members of the academic and medical team. The health care campus is set to open in early 2022.