Community celebrates another ‘Promise’ with $5 million project at Oakwood Southshore

Photo courtesy of Oakwood Healthcare Inc.
Oakwood President and CEO Brian Connolly addresses a standing-room only crowd at the opening of the Fifth Floor at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center, part of the $64 million invested in the Trenton hospital through the Promise the Community Campaign.

Spacious rooms, completed pavilion highlight ongoing investment in Trenton

TRENTON — Officials at Oakwood Healthcare celebrated the opening of the fifth floor and completion of the Pavilion at the Oakwood Southshore Medical Center Aug. 13.

The 26,000-square-foot, $5 million project relocated 38 beds from elsewhere in the hospital, providing 14 surgical intensive care unit beds, 15 orthopaedic unit beds and nine surgical unit beds — all private and complete with the latest in technology and personal amenities. Dr. Vicki Athens donated some of her artwork, as well. Oakwood has invested more than $64 million in the hospital since 2006 through the Southshore Promise the Community campaign.

“Oakwood made a commitment to invest in the health of the Downriver community and the result was the Southshore Promise,” said Brian Connolly, president and CEO of Oakwood Healthcare Inc. “Through this promise and with the help of many generous donors, Oakwood Southshore has evolved from a small community hospital into a recognized leader in healthcare — serving not just the Downriver area, but the entire southeastern Michigan region.” The investment includes:

• Completion of 5th Floor Surgical Unit

• Five fully-integrated, world class surgical suites

• State-of-the-art Emergency Department and advanced trauma designation

• Leading edge 64 slice CT scanner, open MRI and PET/CT imaging services
• Fully digital mammography

• Advanced heart catheterization lab, including life-saving emergency angioplasty procedures

Oakwood Southshore is also the only Level II Trauma center south of I-94 in the state. It was ranked as the 15th best hospital in Michigan this year by the U.S. News and World Report.

Edith Hughes, division president of OSMC, thanked the many donors who have helped with the transformation, including: Anthony Pellegrino, Karen Colina Wilson Smithbauer, Karen M. Mazo, Dr. Iqbal and Shahida Nasir; Charles and Delores Pfeffer; John and Nancy Colina, Dr. Ram and Mini Garg, Kurt and Maureen Korneffel and the OSMC auxiliary and OSMC medical staff.

“They were a very important part of this success,” Hughes said. With their help, not only has our ability to treat many medical conditions greatly improved, but the facilities in which they are being treated have improved as well.

“With advances in obstetrics, orthopedics, neurosurgery and many other fields of medicine, we have made great strides toward increasing longevity and quality of life and providing the very best in healing and healing to our patients and their families.”

“It has been a great journey watching the hospital grow in size and ability to serve the Downriver community,” said Scott McKelvey, chairman of the Oakwood Southshore Medical Center Board of Directors. “We are proud we’ve been able to keep the Promise to the Community and bring these high quality services to our community hospital.”