Ceremonial groundbreaking held for 200-bed, state-of-the-art psychiatric hospital in Caro

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 19, 2018

CONTACT: Bob Wheaton, 517-241-2112

CARO, Mich. – A new state-of-the-art psychiatric hospital in Caro will provide patients with improved recovery outcomes in a more welcoming and safer environment, Michigan officials said during the groundbreaking ceremony today.

Gov. Rick Snyder was joined at the construction site in the shadows of the existing Caro Center by area state legislators, officials from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB), local officials, and contractors that will build the new facility.

“The new Caro Psychiatric Hospital will help meet the long-term psychiatric care needs in Michigan,” Snyder said. “The existing Caro Center has served its patients well, but it’s an aging facility, and the time has come for it to be replaced with a modern facility that can provide a better environment for patient care.”

The new, 225,000 square-foot Caro Psychiatric Hospital is scheduled to be completed in 2021 and will be able to serve 200 adults, an increase of 50 beds from the existing facility. The therapeutic and operational landscape of the new hospital is expected to positively impact patient outcomes, patient and family satisfaction, patient safety, and staff efficiency and satisfaction.

Constructed in 1913, the existing Caro Center opened in 1914 as the Caro Farm Colony for Epileptics, serving as the only State of Michigan residential treatment center for individuals with seizure disorders until 1997. The facility currently provides service to adults with serious mental illness from 48 Michigan counties.

“The vision of MDHHS is to transform the health and human services system to improve the lives of Michigan families,” said MDHHS Director Nick Lyon. “This project is one result of our department’s comprehensive evaluation of the five state-operated psychiatric facilities and we’re eager to take this vital step forward in improving psychiatric care in Michigan.”

The construction manager for the project, Granger Construction Company, has already begun demolishing some existing structures. Construction of the new facility will begin in spring 2019. The current facility is at 2000 Chambers Road, Caro.

“We are committed to creating a modern, cost-efficient facility that will better meet the needs of the staff and residents of the hospital,” said David DeVries, director of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. “Our team at DTMB will keep costs in line and ensure timelines are met throughout the project to ensure this much needed new facility opens on time in 2021.”

Also speaking at the event – and digging into the ground with shovels during a ceremony where the new hospital will be built – were Rose Laskowski, director of the Caro Center; two area state legislators, Sen. Mike Green and Rep. Edward Canfield, and Caro Mayor Joe Greene.

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