New Year to bring new emergency department to Genesee, Livingston counties

McLaren Fenton, McLaren’s location at 2420 Owen Rd. Photo provided

McLaren Fenton, McLaren’s location at 2420 Owen Rd. Photo provided

FLINT — McLaren Fenton, McLaren’s location at 2420 Owen Rd., is in the second phase of a major makeover that will change health care for southern Genesee and Northern Livingston County residents.

The first phase is now complete and involved the renovation of one-half of the building to update the office space for several physician practices, imaging services, including 3-D mammography, and an on-site lab. Phase two will include the completion of a freestanding emergency department slated to open in March of 2020.

The freestanding emergency department in Fenton is similar to McLaren’s freestanding emergency department in Clarkston which has been a successful addition to that community.

The Fenton emergency department will have 22 private rooms, including two resuscitation rooms. It will house telestroke technology, a CT scanner, x-ray machine, ultrasound room, and capabilities for emergency department laboratory services.

Once open for patients, it will be staffed with board certified emergency physicians 24/7, along with emergency room nurses and support personnel. Patients meeting certain criteria will be transported to the Fenton facility by ambulance. Those requiring admission or observation will be transferred to McLaren Flint for inpatient care.

Online self-scheduling and check-in will also be offered to reduce patient wait times in the emergency department. This scheduling system lets patients with non-life threatening or debilitating conditions select an arrival time and stay at home until their treatment time arrives.

“We are looking forward to the opportunity to expand our high-quality emergency care, especially our cardiac and stroke services to the communities of southern Genesee and northern Livingston Counties,” said Chad Grant, president and CEO of McLaren Flint. “With all of the growth in these areas McLaren saw the need to provide emergency care closer to home to the residents of these communities. Once complete, this project will equate to more than a $12 million investment.”

A public open house will be held once construction is complete. — G.G.