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Oakwood Southshore Medical Center Delivers on Promise of Enhanced Community Healthcare
Date:6/19/2008

Ribbon cut on $64 Million Expansion

TRENTON, Mich., June 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Oakwood Southshore Medical Center (OSMC) held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony today to commemorate the completion of the "Southshore Promise" expansion project. At an estimated cost of $64 million, the five-story addition to OSMC is the centerpiece of the Southshore Promise, a commitment by the Oakwood Healthcare System to elevate the downriver community hospital to a premier medical center

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During Wednesday's event, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano, Trenton Mayor Gerald Brown, Oakwood President and CEO Brian Connolly, OSMC President Edith Hughes and OSMC Board Chair Scott McKelvey delivered remarks.

"With the completion of this facility, Oakwood has made a multi-million dollar investment in the downriver community it calls home. We are able to provide our patients the best in care including the most advance technology and the best possible amenities, including all private rooms - a first in this community," said Edith Hughes, division president, Oakwood Southshore Medical Center.

Key features of the physical expansion of OSMC include:

-- Technologically advanced surgical suites, operating rooms and patient

recovery areas

-- New Emergency Department

-- Expanded Radiology Department

-- 160-seat auditorium for continuing medical education and community

conferences and events

"I am proud of our reputation and stature in this community, and with the expansion of this facility I look forward to introducing even more patients and their families to the high quality, personalized service that is the hallmark of Oakwood Healthcare System," said Brian Connolly, CEO, Oakwood Healthcare System.

The project was awarded to a team consisting of Walbridge Aldinger, construction manager; Tribrook Consulting, strategic planning; and Hobbs + Black Architects.

The Southshore Promise is a reality because of the significant financial and professional support of the OSMC physicians. "As a physician serving the downriver community for nearly 20 years, I am both proud and excited to have a facility of this caliber right in my own backyard," said Iqbal Nasir, MD, chief of staff, Oakwood Southshore Medical Center. "I truly believe the medical community will be more than pleased with the access Oakwood Southshore Medical Center is now able to provide."

Three major components of the "Southshore Promise" are already in use:

-- State-of-the-art PET/CT imaging services

-- A 64-slice scanner

-- A computer-based medical image system called Picture Archiving and

Communications System known as PACS.

About Oakwood Southshore Medical Center

Oakwood Southshore Medical Center, a 181-bed, full-service community hospital, has been serving Downriver since 1961, offering comprehensive healthcare with a personal touch. For more information visit: http://www.oakwood.org


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