Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2020
Media Contact: Press@michigan.gov
Ascension Michigan to Support COVID-19 Efforts at Suburban Collection Showplace
Health care provider to help set up alternate care facility in Novi
NOVI, Mich. – The State of Michigan has selected the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, in collaboration with Ascension Michigan, as the site of a second alternate care facility to expand medical capacity during the state’s response to COVID-19. This decision comes days after Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the state’s first alternate care facility at TCF Center in Detroit.
After conversion, the Suburban Collection Showplace will provide bed space to accommodate up to 1,000 COVID-19 cases.
“This is more good news for Michiganders in our fight against COVID-19,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Having access to more medical facilities and more space for health care professionals to perform their life saving work means we are more able to slow the spread of COVID-19. Fighting this virus is going to take all of us working together as Michiganders, and I want to thank everyone who has stepped up to volunteer at a health care facility or donate blood, money, or medical supplies. We will get through this.”
“The health and safety of our patients, associates, providers and communities is Ascension Michigan’s top priority,” said Dr. Kenneth Berkovitz, Senior Vice President, Ascension, and Ministry Market Executive, Ascension Michigan. “We look forward to collaborating on this critically important initiative as we help to expand capacity for care during this global pandemic. We will get through this by working together to care for all those in need.”
“We are uniquely positioned to be able to support this effort and the fight against COVID-19. We feel it is important to serve as a resource to the state and the community in these times of need,” said Blair Bowman, Owner of the Suburban Collection Showplace.
The decision to continue to expand bed space in Southeast Michigan is a proactive measure in anticipation of additional need as the response to COVID-19 continues. The State of Michigan, Department of Health and Human Services and Michigan National Guard partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to assess the site and coordinate federal funding for the expansion.
In addition to TCF Center and the Suburban Collection Showplace, other locations in Michigan are under consideration for future expansion, based on anticipated need.