McLaren Northern Michigan
Construction Project Overview

Construction Project Overview

Believing that all northern Michigan residents deserve the finest health care possible – in the convenience of their own region – McLaren Northern Michigan proudly announces the start of a new journey. Called “Building the Future of Health Care,” this is more than a building project, this is a healing transformation for generations to come.

With site preparation started in 2017, McLaren Northern Michigan is adding a new wing and renovating the current facility and adding 92 private patient rooms, state-of-the-art larger operating rooms, adding observations beds, converting 22 current patient rooms to private, and the flexibility the hospital needs to adapt to advancing technologies and more streamlined services.

Our guiding principle,” to provide health care as we expect for our own family,” helped to inform our design decisions along the way. Our goal was to achieve the highest levels of patient privacy, dignity, facility cleanliness, respect for patients and families, and quality medical care while providing a peaceful and restful stay…just to name a few. Every aspect of the design is based on research; studies show that safety, privacy, flow, and wayfinding are key to a successful patient experience.

Designed by the internationally recognized firm Smith Group JJR Architects, the additional 175,000-square-foot facility will feature amenities and services focused on the health and well-being of patients, as well as the most advanced equipment and surgical technologies. The building will be connected to the current hospital by a multi-story new grand lobby.

With careful positioning, the new wing will overlook Little Traverse Bay while preserving the visual appeal of the Bay, ensuring stress-reducing hospital environment with noise control, a courtyard, and scenic views.


McLaren Northern Michigan hospital is modernizing its facility to address a critical need for private patient rooms, increased patient essentials and space requirements for new medical technologies. The new hospital will feature:

  • Over 175,000 sq ft of additional space
  • Adding 92 private patient rooms, for a total of 202 patient beds on-site
  • Private rooms to increase privacy, reduce stress and accommodate more family and visitors
  • Adding 12 observation beds
  • ICU beds will increase from 18 to 24
  • 22 current patient rooms will be converted to private
  • Some capable of converting back to semi-private
  • New State-of-the-art operating rooms that can be adapted to accommodate new technologies and innovations
  • Drought-tolerant gardens and landscaping
  • Natural lighting and universal floor plans
  • Welcoming amenities for patients, families and visitors
  • All of this will be accessed through one of two main entrances…one being a redesign of our current lobby, and the other a grand new entrance.
  • New parking lot to accommodate over 300 vehicles

What’s Next?

  • Renovations in the current hospital, including endoscopy suites, preoperative unit, post anesthesia unit, ambulatory recovery area, lab, inpatient pharmacy and community education room
  • Special patient hallways and elevators for private patient transportation
  • Additional in-room smart technology will be added throughout the year
  • An expansive hallway on the Concourse level will connect the new wing to the existing building and will include:
    • new and expanded radiology waiting room
    • centrally located coffee shop
    • new chapel and chaplain’s office
    • a gallery of philanthropy honoring past and current giving

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