For the first time there is an emergency room in Westland.
The Westland Community Health Center opened on September 1, and according to Westland Bill Wild, the addition is “a big deal” for the city. The residents had to leave the borders of Westland beforehand and go to neighboring Livonia, Wayne or Garden City for emergency care.
“We’re actually the largest city in Michigan that didn’t have a hospital within our boundaries,” said Wild. “We were always looking for a medical facility in our city that could help our residents.”
The center is the result of a partnership between the Garden City Hospital and the city. The hospital had attempted to open a center in Westland and Wild informed the hospital administration that the city needed an emergency room.
“We have a lot of seniors living in this area,” said Councilor Mike Londeau. “It will really improve our response times because the fire department can bring people here instead of Livonia, Wayne or Garden City. I think this will make a huge difference in the safety of our residents.”
Westland Community Health Center at 35700 Warren Road by Westland Shopping Center is more than just an emergency room. The building also includes trauma booths, CT scanning technology, a laboratory, X-ray technology, general practitioner practice, physiotherapy and specialist practices. However, the emergency room will be open 24/7.
The center that previously housed Malarkey’s Irish Pub is a $ 10 million investment that has been in the works since mid-2019. One-stop outpatient medical centers are growing in popularity as health care providers try to offer people more affordable alternatives to hospital care. The St. Joseph Mercy Health System and IHA recently opened a similar center in Livonia.
Local officials said they are also excited about the jobs the center has created for Westland health workers. Garden City Hospital representatives present Wednesday said creating a sense of community within the center is important to its mission.
“Garden City believes the best hospitals are the community hospitals that can reach you and your neighbors and treat your own families,” said Osama Siblani, chairman of the Garden City Hospital board of directors. “We are on a mission to serve you and your family.”
Governor Gretchen Whitmer and local officials from Westland, Wayne County and other surrounding communities were in attendance to celebrate the opening. Westland councilor Andrea Rutkowski said she was excited that residents no longer have to leave the city for emergency care.
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“I think this is life changing for our residents,” she said. “It was a long time coming to have state-of-the-art medical care in our city.”
Whitmer said it has never been more important to see a doctor in your own town. The governor noted that the center will be a tool for the city if the coronavirus pandemic continues.
“Think of all the madness over the past year and a half and the fact that this community and all of these leaders have come together to make this happen is really evidence that if you focus your work on partnerships and people, you will achieve great things can be done, “said Whitmer.” This will give Westland residents access to quality care close to where they live.
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