ESD Members Get Up-Close Look At New Heart Hosptial

DETROIT — The new heart of Detroit got a close inspection from members of The Engineering Society of Detroit March 4, as an ESD Tour viewed the new Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital.

The tour started with a look at the massive new backup power center that was part of the $68 million project, which includes four 1.5-megawatt diesel generators and enough fuel for four days, along with a massive, 40,000-gallon water tank for the hospital’s fire suppression system.

The tour continued through the new patient procedure areas of the hospital, both invasive and non-invasive. Then it was on for a look at the hospital’s mechanical floor, where massive new heating and cooling systems are located.

The tour ended on the new hospital’s sixth floor, where members enjoyed a spectacular view of both the Detroit skyline and the Brush Street parkway between the various hospitals of the Detroit Medical Center.

Peyman Ramin, lead electrical engineer on the project for Harley Ellis Devereaux, and Dale Clark, lead mechanical engineer, led the tour of the high-tech building’s engineering and design touches.

The first level houses diagnostic and therapeutic cardiac catheterization, where DMC has already achieved a standard of 45 minutes from admission to procedure to open blocked coronary arteries — half the national average.

The second level includes noninvasive cardiology, including nuclear medicine, where short-lived nuclear isotopes and cameras sensitive to their radiation are used to create detailed images of what’s going on deep inside the heart.

The mechanical equipment is on the fourth level of the hospital, while the fourth level contains outpatient surgery suites. The fifth level and sixth level are currently unfinished; the fifth level is planned for outpatient orthopaedic operating rooms, while the sixth is planned for other outpatient surgery suites.

For more on other upcoming ESD tours, visit the Upcoming Events section of www.esd.org. Upcoming tours include the Michigan Cyber Range in Ann Arbor on Thursday, March 12; the University of Michigan’s M City Mobility Transportation Center in Ann Arbor April 23; and Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester May 14.

Below are photos of the ESD tour of the DMC Heart Hospital.

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This is one of four 1.5-megawatt backup diesel generators that power the DMC Heart Hospital and nearby Children's Hospital of Michigan during power outages.
This is one of four 1.5-megawatt backup diesel generators that power the DMC Heart Hospital and nearby Children’s Hospital of Michigan during power outages.

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Built by General Motors, this was the first mechanical heart pump used in open heart surgery in 1952.
Built by General Motors, this was the first mechanical heart pump used in open heart surgery in 1952.

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A patient prep and recovery area at the DMC Heart Hospital.
A patient prep and recovery area at the DMC Heart Hospital.
A nuclear medicine procedure room at the heart hospital.
A nuclear medicine procedure room at the heart hospital.

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The hospital's third floor is home to its mechanical systems -- heating, cooling and water and air handling.
The hospital’s third floor is home to its mechanical systems — heating, cooling and water and air handling.

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The view from a hospital waiting area across Brush Mall to the new 1,800 car parking structure at right. The backup generators are behind the metal facades on the lower levels.
The view from a hospital waiting area across Brush Mall to the new 1,800 car parking structure at right. The backup generators are behind the metal facades on the lower levels.
A suite of surgical units on the fourth floor of the new hospital.
A suite of surgical units on the fourth floor of the new hospital.

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The unfinished sixth floor of the DMC Heart Hospital offers spectacular views of the Detroit skyline.
The unfinished sixth floor of the DMC Heart Hospital offers spectacular views of the Detroit skyline.

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The view of Brush Mall north from the walkway connecting the DMC Heart Hospital to the new parking structure.
The view of Brush Mall north from the walkway connecting the DMC Heart Hospital to the new parking structure.

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