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New St. Joe's Hospital complex transforms Pontiac & Woodward Ave

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Oakland is in the midst of a massive construction project that will add a medical tower, new parking areas, pedestrian bridges, including a climate-controlled one over Woodward Avenue, a soaring, contemporary lobby and more to its complex on Woodward near Square Lake Road.

The project, which involves demolition of current buildings and redesign of other facilities, will also bring a new ring road around the main hospital.

Its centerpiece is the new eight-story, 301,000-square-foot South Tower, which will have 208 rooms outfitted with the latest medical technology in patient care. St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed acute care, teaching and community hospital.

The $129-million project will be completed by fall of 2013 and lead to the creation of about 300 new jobs, says St. Joseph Mercy Oakland President and CEO Jack Weiner.

Officially the groundbreaking is Sept. 20, but some of the work has already begun.

Weiner says the modern hospital with its new tower, connectors, parking amenities and other features seen from Woodward Avenue will "create excitement on the way into town."

Writer: Kim North Shine
Source: Jack Weiner, president and CEO, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland

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