Kalkaska Memorial Health Center breaks ground

The groundbreaking on Kalkaska Memorial Health Center's future medical pavilion is the first step in a three-phase renovation project that the hospital will be completing in the next few years.

KALKASKA COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Kalkaska Memorial Health Center held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for a new medical pavilion.

The new building will house physician services and have dedicated rooms for chronic disease education for patients. It will also have chemo and infusion therapy on the second floor of the building, something Kalkaska County has never had.

"I've had family go through cancer treatment," said Lynne Buday of Kalkaska. "To be able to have something that's close, to be able to go through those treatments is really nice for the families because then they don't have to travel to Traverse City and long distances to get the treatment that they need."

The services that will be available in the new center are ones that were requested by the Kalkaska community.

"It started almost three-four years ago with focus groups in the community to determine what the needs of the community were and what things that were needed here at KMHC to enhance the medical care for Kalkaska County," said the hospital's board chair Bruce Zenner.

A 2017 renewal of the hospital's millage enabled construction to begin on the $13-million facility.

The medical pavilion is phase one to a three-phase renovation project at Kalkaska Memorial Health Center. Phase two is expanding its emergency department, and phase three is improving the hospital's long-term care facilities.

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