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C.S. Mott Children's Hospital And Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital Celebrate One-year Anniversary

University of Michigan's new hospitals created new jobs, get positive ratings from patients, families, faculty and staff

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital celebrate a milestone Tuesday: one full year of operation in a new $754 million building that's become a home for patients, families and staff.

On Tuesday, families and staff will mark the anniversary in the building's lobby, with a holiday tree lighting and the broadcast of a new video "This place feels like home."!

The video depicts the many ways that patients and families find a home away from home in the new hospitals, using the multiple amenities offered in the new building.

"We have found that the new and improved amenities in the hospitals have led to tremendous patient satisfaction," says Chris Dickinson, M.D. interim executive director for the hospital.

Patients and families report they appreciate the 348-bed building's private rooms and big windows, the new pediatric emergency room, an in-house Ronald McDonald house and improved lounges with laundry machines, on-demand food, internet and in-room movies.

"We've always had great doctors and nurses and caregivers, and now we have the facility to match," says Dickinson.

Patients reported a historical high overall rating of care, 91.4 percent positive, measured through September 2012. Ninety-three percent say they would recommend the hospitals to others, and nursing care categories were rated positive by 90 percent and above.

The hospitals have spurred job creation in mid- Michigan. The University of Michigan Health System has added 483 full-time equivalent positions and 32 new physicians in nine different pediatric specialties for the new hospitals.

The nursing staff is 23 percent bigger than it was in the old building, as 288 nursing FTEs were added.

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