Construction under way on Michigan Medicine’s Ypsilanti Health Center

YPSILANTI–Construction has begun on the expansion of Ypsilanti Health Center, a University of Michigan Health ambulatory care center in what was the Eastern Michigan University College of Business building, recently purchased by Michigan Innovation Headquarters.

The project will also house Michigan Innovation Headquarters’ co-cooperative entrepreneur community, alongside comprehensive primary care, specialty care, diagnostic, and treatment services offered to the Ypsilanti community by the University of Michigan Health.

MI-HQ Founder Mark Smith recognized the pressing need for both economic and social impact in Ypsilanti.

While MI-HQ’s focus is on innovation and economic impact, University of Michigan Health’s interests include improving the health status of the community while also addressing health equity and socio-economic disparities across the Ypsilanti area,” Smith said. “The combination has the potential to be immensely impactful for Ypsilanti’s downtown with an amazing history.”

Added Andrew Hellenga, Ypsilanti’s interim city manager: “We believe that investing in both healthcare and innovation is investing in the well-being and future of our community. This collaborative effort will not only benefit individuals personally but pave the way for broader opportunities and a stronger, more prosperous Ypsilanti.”

Announced in December, the project is managed by Nov-based construction managers Cunningham-Limp and the Ann Arbor-based architectural firm Hobbs+Black. The project is set to be completed by the fall of 2024.

Said Alex Dunne, project manager at Cunningham-Limp: “The potential impact of this project is really starting to sink in for our team. We have been active in Washtenaw County for a long time, but following Mark’s lead and having a chance to make this kind of impact in downtown Ypsilanti is highly motivating. We know it’s just the start of great things to come to downtown Ypsi and the surrounding area. We hope visitors will feel the excitement and passion that went into building this place as soon as they walk in. Our team has and will continue to put a lot of heart and gratitude into this project because of its positive impact on the community.”

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Michigan Innovation Headquarters is a strategic partner focused on fostering innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development within Michigan. By collaborating with various stakeholders, MI-HQ seeks to drive positive change and create a thriving ecosystem for the state’s growth.

Michigan Medicine consists of 11 hospitals and hundreds of clinics statewide, as well as the UM Medical School, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, University Hospital, the Frankel Cardiovascular Center, Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan Health-West, University of Michigan Health-Sparrow and the Rogel Cancer Center. More at

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