July 8, 2014 at 1:00 am

Facility opens Tuesday

UM's new Northville Health Center will offer full menu of services

Dr. Edward Hurvitz talks to UM tech Julie Agbabian in part of the Northville Center's comprehensive musculoskeletal center. (Max Ortiz / The Detroit News)

Northville— The University of Michigan Health System will offer care in 40 medical subspecialties at a full-service outpatient medical center opening in Northville on July 15.

Cancer treatment, cardiology, reproductive endocrinology and other specialized health care services will be available at the UM’s Northville Health Center, saving time and mileage for families who currently travel to Ann Arbor for health care. The new two-story, 100,000-square-foot building is on the southwest corner of Seven Mile and Haggerty.

Though the health care system has outpatient satellite clinics in 28 communities statewide, the Northville facility will be the first outside Ann Arbor to offer a full menu of health care services, including pediatric subspecialties previously available only at U-M Health System’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. The center also includes a comprehensive musculoskeletal center offering orthopedic surgery, pain management and other services.

When it’s fully operational, the health system expects to provide roughly 175,000 patient visits annually in Northville, with capacity to treat 700 patients per day. The cost of the health system’s investment was not immediately available Monday. The University of Michigan has a 25-year lease agreement for the facility with REIS-Northville LLC, a joint venture between Schostak Bros & Co. Inc. and REI Investment Group Inc.

“So many of the families we’re currently seeing at Mott will be able to see us here now,” said Dr. Valerie Castle, physician in chief for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. “We need to be in the communities. It’s very hard for parents who have children with health issues to have to drive long distances.”

The children’s blue and green waiting room is filled with colorful photos of animals, balloons and kites. And the pediatric clinic features family-size examination rooms.

“The exam rooms are larger and there are lots of seats,” Castle said. “You have to have space to accommodate a family, which these rooms really do have.”

Castle also showed off some of the high-tech equipment available at the center, including a phone booth-size cubical of clear glass in which adult and pediatric patients can breathe in aerosol cancer medications. A similar cubical, in the center’s Pulmonary Function Testing Lab, is used to measure how much oxygen is breathed in and how much carbon dioxide is expelled by patients with asthma, cystic fibrosis and other lung diseases.

“We’re going to staff this with all of our most seasoned, experienced providers,” Castle said. “We’re sending the cream of the crop here, and they wouldn’t come if they didn’t have the equipment to do the work.”


Dr. Valerie Castle showcases the waiting area filled with colorful artwork ... (Max Ortiz / The Detroit News)