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      Marquette General to build new $290 million hospital

      Marquette General Hospital and Duke LifePoint Healthcare announced plans on Thursday to build a new hospital. MGH officials say that the new 265-bed facility will replace the current regional medical center.

      "This is an amazing development for our patients and the entire Upper Peninsula region," said MGH CEO Gary Muller. "Many, many details need to be worked out, but the decision has been made to proceed with planning for a new hospital campus. Our commitment is to develop the finest healthcare facility imaginable."

      Officials with the hospital say that it could take three years to plan, design and construct the facility. Duke LifePoint has committed $300 million to expand and upgrade MGH over the next 10 years, and officials say the new hospital decision will accelerate the investment process.

      According to MGH, the cost of expanding and renovating the current facility would cost around $230 million over several more years. The cost of constructing a new hospital is estimated at roughly $290 million.

      Officials with MGH say that the location of the new facility has yet to be determined.

      "Considering the hundreds of millions of dollars in capital allocated, we determined that building a true Twenty-first Century hospital is the best course for us in fulfilling our mission of providing the highest quality of care as the Upper Peninsula's regional medical center," Muller added.

      Muller went on to say that some of the buildings in the current facility range from 100 to 10 years old, and that the new facility decision is based partially on embracing medical advances and changes that a new facility could allow.

      MGH officials plan to release more information regarding the new hospital in the coming months as plans are finalized.