New Building Expansion Project Will Break Ground in 2021

Moving Forward… the future is bright. Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital (SMH) has received approval for USDA funding to begin Phase 2 of the building expansion project on the US Highway 2 Manistique campus.  The new construction and renovation plans will reduce barriers for our rural residents increasing access to vital healthcare services closer to home. The board of trustees and senior leadership team are proud to announce that the $12.6 million project is underway and scheduled for completion in the fall of 2021.  

As we launch the final phase of the plan, our patients’ needs remain our highest priority. Uniting our clinical care team will improve the continuity of care and coordination of services for patients. Patients can expect 5-star service offerings in an efficient and well-designed space aimed at providing the best care possible for over 9,454 residents in our service area.  Our  Phase 2 master plan will consolidate all medical and surgical services on one, easy to access campus, and expand service capacities for specialties, infusion, rehabilitation therapies, laboratory, and the Alan W. Ott Rural Health Clinic.  

In the last few years, SMH has focused on growth and expansion of services. Over $2.2 million has been invested in diagnostic equipment and updated facilities.  In January of 2020, SMH implemented a $10 Million Cerner Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system to allow for seamless medical documentation across campuses and service lines.  In the last five years, over 80 Full-Time positions have been added as a result of service expansion in specialty and outreach clinics throughout our  region.  SMH remains the largest employer in Schoolcraft County, with over $19 million dedicated to annual salaries.  Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital (SMH) is and will continue to be a vital part of our region’s fabric – as the area’s largest employer and provider of critical healthcare services.

The next phase will include the construction of 8,130 SF of new space for rehabilitation services on the west end of the hospital, an additional 2,037 SF for infusion services on the south end of our Outpatient Care Unit, and 12,555 SF of new administrative space on the east end of the hospital campus.  It will also include the renovation of 8,199 SF of existing space and expansion of the Alan W. Ott Rural Health Clinic, create a new Specialist Clinic, and provide additional space for the clinical laboratory. 

Due to the continued service line growth in the last five years, most non-clinical employees have been moved off-site.  New construction and renovation will accommodate services currently housed off-site and the administration group housed at the old Medical Office Building on 115 N Lake Street.  Also, the hospital has acquired and will operate two additional satellite clinic spaces to accommodate growth in family medicine (Naubinway) and behavioral health (Manistique Downtown Clinic 101 Walnut Street.)  To highlight the layout of the new campus:. 

  • Administration and related support services will move behind the Alan W. Ott Rural Health Clinic.  The Administration building will be just steps away  and house the following departments currently located off-site: Administration, Accounting, Communications, Business Office, Scheduling & Prior Authorization, Human Resources, IT, HomeCare & Hospice, Health Information Management, Infection Control, Education and Risk Management. The administration building will also include two new conference rooms, break rooms, storage, and a workroom. 
  • The Rehabilitation Services addition will be in front of the main hospital.  Rehabilitation Services will include a therapy pool with redesigned treatment spaces.   
  • The Ambulatory Care Infusion Suites will be added as a “bump-out” from their current location, adding 10 new infusion bays. 
  • The Alan W. Ott Rural Health Clinic will undergo a major remodel, and our Specialty Clinic will have its own section.

The Phase Two project is expected to cost approximately $12.6 million and be financed primarily through USDA rural development funds. To be good financial stewards and mitigate the costs associated with financing such a large project, we will fund a portion of the project through fund development efforts to raise $1 million in charitable donations.  In addition, we are contributing $2.5 million of our funds to the project. 

Infusion Services:

  • The new infusion center includes ten infusion bays, two of which are private and a renovation of the current center. The department will continue to offer chemotherapy, blood transfusions, antibiotic infusion, hydration, medication infusions, and intramuscular injections.  The new suites will provide enhanced comfort and privacy for patients battling cancer with life-saving chemotherapy treatments from Green Bay Oncology.   

Specialty Clinic: 

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is extremely fortunate to have highly trained specialists serving residents across the Upper Peninsula.  Our new specialty clinic will have a spacious and comfortable waiting area, separate from other hospital services.  Our providers will be located close to their patient rooms allowing for better flow and improved efficiency.  Our diverse team of specialty providers is what sets us apart from other Critical Access Hospitals.  

Onsite Specialists:

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • ENT
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Wound Care
  • Cardiology
  • Podiatry
  • General Surgery
  • Dietitian 
  • Green Bay Oncology – services available five times a month

Other additional traveling specialists rotate through our Alan W. Ott Rural Health Clinic, providing care to our patients.  Visiting specialists include Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, Interventional Radiology, Ophthalmologist, Cardiology, Obstetrics & Urology.

Rehabilitation Services:

  • Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy rooms customized and equipped for all ages
  • NEW Aquatic rehabilitation therapy program and pool
  • Two changing rooms with independent showers
  • Spacious rehabilitation area with state-of-the-art exercise equipment for physical therapy appointments. 
  • Improved treatment space for personalized patient care, comfort, and confidentiality 
  • Onsite rehabilitation services will allow for more collaborative efforts with all medical staff throughout the organization to optimize patient care. 

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Medical Laboratory Services:

  • The lab renovation will allow for an  additional microbiology testing area and storage for other lab equipment. 
  • This will also provide  additional space for specimen storage following analysis.

HomeCare and Hospice:

  • Having the ability to be housed behind the main hospital campus will allow for improved patient care through better coordination and communication with providers and other members of the patient health care team.  Staff will also be available onsite to meet, support, and educate patients, families, and providers on program options and available services.
  • The new space will better accommodate bereavement services and group counseling

Alan W. Ott Rural Health Clinic will include:

  • Renovated space to accommodate the growing family medical practices (5 MDs, 4 Nurse Practitioners, 2 Physician Assistants)
  • Diabetic Care Management to provide diabetic care
  • Oncology Care Management to promote and integrate care
  • Care Coordination for Medicare health population to increase patient outcomes
  • Behavioral Health Care coordination to integrate patient care and improve outcomes
  • Additional space for traveling specialists for services close to home
  • Integrated behavioral health services and patient navigation to increase access to care
  • Expanded number of patient rooms 
  • Improved clinic design layouts for better flow and patient  privacy
  • Clinical team office and exam room layouts designed to allow for more efficient patient care
  • RediCare Walk-In Clinic & Same-Day Appointments 
  • Telehealth Services for Family Practice and Behavioral Health
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home designation
  • Increased referrals for specialty services from Naubinway RHC

New Administrative Building:

  • Currently most of our administrative staff are located off site.  The administrative building will now be located behind the Alan W. Ott Rural Health Clinic with proximity to the hospital entrance. Departments included in the one-story space include: 
  • Clinical Education
  • Infection Control
  • Utilization Review Office
  • Trauma Nurse 
  • HomeCare & Hospice
  • Office space for non-clinical departments such as Administration, Health Information Management, Business Office, Human Resources, Communications, Accounting, Emergency Preparedness, Risk Management, and Information Technology
  • It will include two New Conference Rooms with audiovisual equipment for training.
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The community support we have experienced has been incredible. Your ongoing trust in our hospital drives our strategic plan, moves us forward to a future of continued growth and allows us to stay at the forefront of medical technology for the ever improving health of our community . 

To that end, the 2nd Annual Festival of Trees is quickly approaching.  Community members who purchase tickets contribute to our Building Expansion Fund.  Tickets will go on sale on November 2nd.  The festival will take place November 23rd to December 6th and will have virtual and in person components to comply with COVID-19 restrictions and capacity limits. To stay informed about our building updates and upcoming community events check out our website SCMH.ORG and subscribe to our SMH Texting system. Text SMHCARES to 906-224-2207. 

Read what clients have to say about Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital

Everyone in the ambulatory care/outpatient surgery were great!! They all made me feel very comfortable and did a great job!!! thank you to the whole outpatient staff and Doctor Rayner..I would recommend Schoolcraft or patient to anyone in need of surgery

Reviewer: Jeremy Sitkoski


5 out of 5 stars

The care that was provided by The nurses (Cindy, Felicia Ruth) and staff was exceptional. The entire staff was very friendly and made you feel welcome. We received a call from Felicia the next day to check on my husband to check his pain level and do a follow up. The surgery area from check in to check out was well organized, clean, and up to date. Thank you to all of you for what you do so well and everything beyond your normal duties.

Reviewer: Maureen DesChamps


5 out of 5 stars