Opening act: West Ann Arbor-Parkland Plaza welcomes its first patients
Today, Michigan Medicine’s newest location — West Ann Arbor Health Center-Parkland Plaza — is opening its doors to patients for the first time.
The facility, which has more than 75,000 square feet of space and will eventually host dozens of ambulatory care specialties, is an important step in helping the organization expand its reach in the community.
“Many of our patients were looking for an alternative to coming to the academic medical center to receive care,” said Mirta Casiano, who serves as the clerical lead on the second floor of Parkland Plaza. “The new center gives them a more convenient option, while helping to alleviate congestion on the main medical campus. It truly fits our mission of touching more lives around the region and improving the experience for all of our patients and families.”
One of the main draws of the facility is its radiology unit, which will provide general imaging, CT scans, ultrasounds and mammography to patients. While all primary care and some specialty care areas open today, more services will be rolled out over the next few months.
“This is a complete health center,” said Caitlin Gibbons, the clinic lead on the facility’s first floor, home to mostly primary care physicians. There is also an orthopaedic presence, ADTU and infusion areas that Givens will lead on the first floor. “If a patient is referred by one of our primary care doctors to a specialist, they can just go upstairs and make an appointment directly with those specialty units. It’s a one-stop shop for our patients.”
Many of Parkland Plaza’s employees have moved over from the main medical campus or other Michigan Medicine clinics.
“The organization is reinvesting in the community and its employees,” Gibbons said. “Many of our faculty and staff have been given a unique opportunity to take the next steps in our career here at Parkland Plaza. We are all so excited to be a part of this team.”
In the end, the new facility is a boon for anyone associated with Michigan Medicine.
“Not only is this a beautiful place for our staff to work in, but it also provides more specialty care access and convenience for our patients,” said Melissa Pynnonen, M.D., medical director at Parkland Plaza. “We’re confident that this will be a place that everyone raves about for years to come.”
Check out a video of the new facility above and take an inside look in the photo gallery below!