Insight is pleased to announce that it has received a $500,000 grant from the Wayne County Commission to buy a former Lincoln Park hospital, which will be used as Insight’s newest location. Temporarily, part of this 128,000 square foot facility on West Outer Drive will be used as a COVID-19 patient overflow center, and it may open as soon as April 17.
Insight’s leadership will use the Community Development Block Grant to buy the now closed Vibra Hospital, which ceased operations in 2018. The facility will be renovated into a space that can care for up to 80 coronavirus patients, but because it has the capacity to care for 440, it could possibly accommodate many more patients if needed.In addition to providing much-needed space, Insight’s staff will provide their services at the Lincoln Park facility.
The grant will come from the share of funding that Wayne County is receiving through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed by Congress. Wayne County accounts for nearly half of all the confirmed coronavirus cases in Michigan. As of April 16, Michigan had nearly 30,000 coronavirus cases and more than 2,000 deaths. Of that number, 884 deaths and more than 12,000 cases were in Wayne County.
“We will be taking physicians, mid-level, nurses, nurse aid volunteers as well, as the workforce has already been spread so thin,” said Dr. Jawad Shah, founder of Flint-based Insight. “We would like to be a resource for the community in these trying times rather than sitting back and doing nothing.”
Insight is currently working to get both serology and point-of-care COVID-19 testing machines that can be used at the Lincoln Park outreach site.
Insight is also offering assistance at its Flint, Warren, and Dearborn Heights campuses. On April 2, Insight Surgical Hospital CEO Atif Bawahab reached out to area hospitals and physicians, asking for a collaborative effort to battle against this deadly virus.
“As a Joint Commission hospital, Insight Surgical Hospital is looking to mitigate the systemic effect of this crisis by opening our doors to local hospitals experiencing a surge in the ER and occupied beds from COVID-19 patients,” Bawahab said. “Although our patient rooms are not equipped with medical gas pipelines to treat ventilator COVID-19 patients, we can admit patients to prevent the spread of the virus and ease the admission burden in the hospital systems in addition to providing block time for post-op, emergent, and urgent surgical cases.”
Eventually, Insight plans to convert the Lincoln Park facility, located on 14 acres, into a 440-bed medical building, extending Insight’s presence in Michigan to the Downriver community. Wayne County and Lincoln Park leaders are touting this purchase as a way to breathe life into this area and spur further investments.
Insight plans to invest $1.5 million in short-term renovations and $20 million over the long-term, as well as create more than 300 jobs here.
Currently, Insight provides multiple services at its state-of-the-art in-patient and out-patient facilities in Flint, Warren, and Dearborn Heights. It aims to lead the way toward more insightful, powerful, and effective standards of care starting with the central nervous system, the neurosciences, and surgical specialties. Having multiple divisions under one roof facilitates Insight’s intended purpose – to provide a comprehensive, collaborative approach to patient care with enhanced communication for optimal results.
Headquartered in Flint, Michigan in a 510,000 square-foot facility and adjacent 60,000 square-foot building, Insight has more than 350 employees, two ambulatory surgery centers, and an 18-bed Neuro & Trauma Rehabilitation Center. The Warren location, Insight Surgical Hospital, is a 24-hour in-patient concierge hospital equipped to handle post-op cases for several surgical specialties.