Centerpiece of the new Main Campus at Battle Creek Health System is an outstanding Outpatient Center. The center represents a new direction for health care in a city with a history deeply rooted in health care innovations.

“The Outpatient Center was designed to be convenient, easily accessible, and a facility that promotes the healing of ind, body, and spirit,” says Patrick R. Garrett, President and CEO of Battle Creek Health System. “As one community leader remarked to me as we toured, ‘finally you have a facility that equals the great care provided by your staff’.” The Outpatient Center greets visitors with a grand arching canopy that provides “out of the weather” drop off and pick up for guests and patients.

Once inside, visitors enter a spacious lobby with a glass ceiling four stories high. Gardens, a flowing fountain, and plenty of natural wood and light create a warm, welcoming environment. These healing elements are found throughout the building. In addition, all patient treatment areas are located along the exterior of the Outpatient Center which allows sunlight to pour in naturally.

Department entrances are strategically located just off the main lobby to prevent patients and visitors from maze-like searches so common among older hospitals. The route through the Outpatient Center is a simple “T” design to eliminate confusion. A Visitor’s Bureau is located conspicuously at the front door, staffed from 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., to ensure guests reach their destination quickly and easily.

The Outpatient Center is the centerpiece of a $74 million dollar construction project that consolidated most inpatient and outpatient services on a single campus housed in updated and modern facilities. Inside is more than $10 million in brand new state-of-the-art technology, including some of the nation’s most advanced diagnostic equipment. This new technology offers area residents the ability to stay close to home and receive the most advanced diagnosis and available treatment. Outpatient Radiology also serves as a national show site for state-of-the-art imaging equipment. Hospital representatives from around the world have made special visits to Battle Creek Health System to view these newest technologies.

Outpatient Center Services

(1st floor): Has four operating rooms, two endoscopy suites, a cystoscopy room and a minor procedures room, plus 23 preparatory and recovery bays and six post anesthesia care bays.

(1st floor): A national show site for several state-of-the-art digital x-ray and imaging technologies, Outpatient Radiology includes three radiographic and fluoroscopic rooms, two general radiographic and tomography rooms, one dedicated chest imaging room, three nuclear medicine rooms, and four ultrasound rooms. A fixed MRI was added in 2001.

(1st floor): Contains mammography, clinical outpatient and health education services especially for women.

(1st floor): Off the main lobby corridor is a series of interactive displays dedicated to telling the medical history of Calhoun County. Note that all waiting areas in the Outpatient Center include additional historical presentations.

(1st floor): Dedicated to serving those suffering from chronic pain.

1st floor): Conveniently located at a main intersection of connector hallways that link the Outpatient Center to the inpatient building and the medical office building.

(1st floor): Serves gourmet coffee, sandwiches and pastries. Includes a vending machine area.

(1st floor): The laboratory, eight recovery bays, and a nurse station for diagnostic cardiac catheterization procedures.

(1st floor): Nationally recognized, the BCHS Cancer Care Center merges Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology together in one location. Medical Oncology services include nine treatment recliner areas as well as four private treatment rooms, four exams rooms, a satellite laboratory, and satellite pharmacy. Radiation Oncology services include a linear accelerator, the ADAC 3- dimension modeling system, three exam rooms and a patient education area. Staff areas for social work and nutrition services compliment the full service capability of this department. A major expansion underway in 2002 will bring a second linear accelerator equipped with Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, the world’s most advanced cancer fighting technology.

(2nd Floor): Echo Cardiogram, EKG, stress tests, pacemaker implants, other cardiac rehab services plus pulmonary rehab services are provided in this area that includes a large gymnasium and stretching area.

This is the study and recording of electrical activity in the brain and nervous system to determine if they are functioning correctly. Battle Creek Health System offers an extensive array of neurodiagnostic services. All of our studies are performed with the latest diagnostic equipment. Our highly trained technologists are monitored by neurologists who have received specific training and experience in the field of Neuroscience.

(2nd floor): Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Hydrotherapy services are provided in an area equipped with a therapy gym, 13 treatment cubicles, a hydrotherapy area, an ultraviolet treatment room, and conference and work areas.