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PAGE SIX

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1955

PAGE ~IX THE MICHIGAN DAILY SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1955

HOSPITAL RENOVATED:
UBuilds Multi-Million Dollar

Medical

Center

'U' Facilities Expanding
To Meet New Demands

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AERIAL VIEW, shot from roof of Outpatient Clinic, shows completed shell of Children's Pisychiatric Unit. To be opened in July, 1955,
unit will cost two million dollars. Funds are being provided by the state legislature from their mental health bond issue. Outside of
building will be faced with light tan brick to harmonize with Outpatient Clinic and Kresge Research Center.

Millions of dollars are being>
spent to modernize University(
medical facilities and to provide1
much-needed additional space, ac-
cording to John Zugich, assistant
director of University Hospital. t
When completed the expansionI
program will provide the Universi-(
ty with one of the country's larg-(
est medical centers.
"Eventually," Zugich said, "all
medical facilities will be located in
the immediate proximity of Uni-I
versity Hospital."
Planning in the field of medicinet
at the University has revolved
around the concept of a medical
center. Dr. Walter Nungester,
chairman of the Medical FacultyI
Building Committee, described
"medical center" by saying it was
a "geographical concept" and said1
all medical facilities would be lo-
cated in the same area (around the
Hospital).
In 1948, Zugich explained, the1
University had five essential med-;
ical units in addition to the medi-
cal and nursing schools. They
were: University Hospital, Simp-I
son Memorial Building, Veterans
Readjustment Ceter, a neuropsy-
chiatric unit and Contagious Hos-t
pital, the latter a frame building.
Long Range Plan
A long-range plan envisioned
from that point on construction off
a Women's Hospital, an Outpa-
tient Clinic, a Children's Hospi-
tal, a research building and a pre-
clinical building.-
Increased enrollment and nor-,
mal depreciation of buildings later1
forced the University to include1
renovation of University Hspital
and an addition to Couzens Hall
in their plans for medical expan-
sion.
The total plan, when evolved,
was supposed to cost in the neigh-
borhood of $20,000,000, Zugich
said. Rising cost of living and in-
creased building expenses later
caused an upward revision of the
original estimate to $26,000,000,
not including renovation of the
hospital or the Couzens Hall addi-
tion.
Dr. Nungester said plans for ex-
pansion had to be integrated to
meet needs and requirements of
the Medical School, the University
and University Hospital. Integra-
tion is accomplished through the
Medical Faculty Planning Com-
mittee which has four faculty
representatives, a hospital repre-
sentative and a member represent-
ing Kresge Medical Research In-
stitute.
Dr. Nungester, Dr. Alexander
Barry of the anatomy department,
Dr. Adam Christman of bio-chem-
istry and Dr. James French of the
pathology department represent
the medical faculty on the Plan-
ning Committee. Associate Direc-
tor of University Hospital Dr.
Roger B. Nelson repr-sents the
Hospital while Robert O. Cleveland
serves on the committee for Kres-
ge.
Since 1948, a good part of the
long-range plan has already been
realized.
In February, 1950, Women's
Hospital, formerly called Materni-
ty Hospital, opened with 74 beds,
40 bassinets, two delivery rooms,

one operating room and a large
laboratory for research.
A $4,000,000 Outpatient Clinic
was dedicated in January, 1953.
Connected to the Hospital on three
levels, the Clinic has 18 specialized
clinical divisions and a modern
emergency service division.
Kresge Opened in Spring
Last spring, Kresge Medi-al Re-
search Institute opened, bringing
into closer range the realization of
a modern, complete medical cen-
ter.
With the outer shell already
completed, construction is still
continuing on the two million dol-
lar Children's Psychiatric Unit,
slated for completion'in July, 1955.
The Psychiatric unit is part of a
proposed Children's H o s p i t a 1
which will have a capacity, when
completed, of 291 beds.
Renovation of University Hos-
pital is slated to cost between
seven and eight million dollars.
Zugich claimed, "Our real needs
are closer to $12,000,000 but they
have been pared down."
Long-range plans for renovation
of the Hospital include 1. renova-
tion of all private patient rooms
(24 have been completed so far),
2. complete reorientation of food
service and preparation areas, 3.
enlargement-of the operating room
suite, 4. more semi-private bed fa-
cilities, 5. centralization of clin-
ical and diagnostic -laboratories,
6. modernization of ancillary
services (services that provide ma-
terials and supplies to the pa-
tient's bedside), and 7. renovation
of nursing divisions in patients'
units to make them more modern
and efficient.
Zugich gave two reasons for

renovating the hospital. "First,"
he said, "medical science has been
so dynamic, particularly within the
last fifteen years, that obsolescence
of facilities is a problem plaguing
all older hospitals."
Zugich also pointed out, as the
second reason, that ' University
Hospital was opened in 1925 and
original planning was done in
1916-1922, making the conception
of the hospital more than 33 years
old.

MARVIN L. NIEHUSS

Vice-President of the University.
and Chairman of University
Hospital Board in Control

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NEWLY-RENOVATED private patient's room in University Hos-
pital. Plans for rehabilitation of the Hospital include renovation
of all private patients' rooms.

CONSTRUCTION GOES ON to complete addition of Couzens
Hall. University boasts country's largest nursing school enroll-
ment, must provide additional facilities.

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Story by
LEE MARKS
Pictures by
JOHN HIRTZEL
and
NEWS SERVICE

OUTPATIENT CLINIC, opened in January, 1953. Building is connected with University Hospital
on three levels, has 18 specialized clinical divisions and cost 4 million.

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"BEFORE" picture of private patient's room in Hospital. All
furniture has been replaced, beds are now machine-operated,
radiators are recessed in walls. More complicated alterations,
such as lowering ceilings and installing sound-proof acoustical
materials, have been carried out in some rooms.

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