2010-06-24 / Front Page

Ground Broken for Long Term Care

Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace broke ground on construction for its 44-bed, 29,900-square-foot long term care facility behind the new hospital on North State Street Wednesday, June 9. To be funded by a $5 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the project is expected to be completed by November.

The project is managed by Granger & Associates, a construction development company based in Grand Rapids. As part of the hospital's agreement with the company, hiring local construction companies for the project will be a top priority, said Ron Mitchell, chairman of the hospital board..

The new long term care facility was designed by Bowers and Rein, an architecture firm from Ann Arbor. The building will feature a center hall with a dining room, activity center, beauty shop, and exercise room. It will also include an eight-foot-wide glass and metal walkway connecting it to the hospital. Long term care residents currently occupy the old hospital building on Burdette Street. The newly constructed hospital and tribal health clinic opened on North State Street in April.

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