New Medical Short Stay Unit set to open next month
Last June, the U-M Board of Regents approved a $9 million project to increase the availability of U-M’s advanced patient care by renovating 17,900 square feet on the fourth floor of University Hospital South to create a 22-bed short-stay unit. The Medical Short Stay Unit (MSSU) Blue: UH South will open its doors July 13 and begin caring for patients who are anticipated to need a day or two in the hospital before going home or to another care setting.
These additional 22 beds will provide some flexible capacity for our institution. The MSSU Blue: UH South will have 20 single rooms, one double room, three bariatric lifts and one negative pressure room. Each room will have telemetry capabilities and 13 beds are licensed for inpatients. This will allow patients with a short length of stay to remain in the same room with minimal or no disruption in care, even if they were first classified as observation status.
This addition will increase our medical observation and short-stay capacity to a total of 40 beds from the current 18 located on B1 in the Taubman Center. The current Adult Medical Observation beds in Taubman will transition from the Emergency Department to Internal Medicine, with the new name MSSU Maize: Taubman.
Both MSSU Blue and Maize units will fall under a unified Medical Short Stay model with staff working in both locations. Physicians and midlevel providers will also be in the Emergency Department to expedite admission to the Medical Short Stay Unit.
The Medical Short Stay Unit is hosting an open house reception on Friday, July 10 from 1-5 p.m. in the new MSSU Blue unit in UH South. We invite you to come see the newly renovated space and learn more about the services provided.