How Building & Tech Innovation is Elevating Patient Care Up North

One of the more visual elements of the expansion is the added artwork. More than 3,000 studies conducted over the past several decades have revealed the positive impact of art on health and well-being, such as measurable changes in blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, respiration rate, cortisol levels and brain activity, explains Capital Campaign Officer Patricia Jones. The Offield Family Pavilion is decorated with more than 200 pieces from nearly 100 Michigan artists, many from Northern Michigan. McLaren worked with an art consultant who is certified in evidence-based design and who works exclusively within the health care industry to select pieces for their therapeutic properties that serve as a visual comfort to patients and families. McLaren also partnered with regional organizations, including Crooked Tree Arts Center and the Northwest Michigan Arts and Culture Network, who helped to broadcast the call for artists. “Along with the smart room technology, we have created an environment of healing with the use of art, coordinated color schemes and large, open common areas,” says Vice President of Operations Shari Schult, who oversaw the expansion.

In addition, more parking was added by the new main entrance, now off Jackson Street. There is improved wayfinding with letter and color-coded signs that start from the parking lot and guide people to the right entrances and elevators.

And there’s even more to come in 2023. The final phase of the construction project is the renovation of 70,000 square feet of existing hospital space that includes the surgery waiting area, pre-and post-operative areas, lab, pharmacy, community education room and the radiology waiting room. Special patient hallways and elevators will also be created for private patient transportation.

The wing is named the “Offield Family Pavilion” after a lead donation from the Offield Family Foundation, spearheaded by Harbor Springs residents and capital campaign co-chairs Jim and Sujo Offield.

“My grandfather was one of the hospital’s original founders and my father served on the hospital board for many years,” Jim Offield says. “Providing the best hospital services for this community is a way for our family to give back to an area that has given our family six generations of memories. Our family has utilized every service the hospital offers, from birth to death. My own life was saved there. With a history of providing exceptional health care for an exceptional community, our family is proud to be in partnership with McLaren.”
Another key donation was made by Martin and Lisa Sutter. McLaren named the north surgery entrance the Martin and Lisa Sutter North Pavilion Entrance in their honor. In total, 1,500-plus individuals and organizations donated more than $38 million.

“One of the truly great things about this project is that it shows what a community can accomplish with great physicians, highly trained staff, excellent governance, an amazing foundation and our generous donors all working together,” Burch says. “Generosity and commitment helped build this new wing, and generosity and commitment will sustain it.”

View a video tour of the Offield Family Pavilion on McLaren Northern Michigan’s YouTube channel.

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