By Danielle Portteus
Monroe News staff reporter
ProMedica will build the new Monroe Regional Hospital on the site of the current Raisin River Golf Club.
ProMedica confirmed early Wednesday it will construct a new hospital at the golf club, 1500 N. Dixie Hwy. and replace the existing facility on N. Macomb St.
The 250-acre site was selected because of its “high visibility and convenient access” from I-75, the company said.
“This is a transformational project for the Monroe community and ProMedica engaged our local board members to ensure we had a voice throughout the process,” said Kurt Darrow, Monroe Regional Hospital board president. “We conducted a thorough search and had significant input, including final approval of the location for our future hospital.”
Designing and planning will begin in 2018 and is expected to take two years.
“This is an ideal site that will allow us to maintain proximity to our current patient base with plenty of room for future expansion,” said Dan Schwanke, Monroe Regional Hospital interim president. “The location will also allow easy and direct access to the freeway and other major roads leading to downtown Monroe, particularly for EMS as Dixie Highway passes beneath railroad tracks.”
The golf club will continue to operate during this phase in collaboration with existing management.
Construction should begin in 2020 with completion in 2022.