Midland Memorial Hospital Housing 8/2/13
CBS 7 News
August 2, 2013
Midland Memorial Hospital is repurposing 44 of its unused West Campus in-patient rooms and turning them into short-term housing for hospital employees, recruited physicians, and even teachers.
The rooms which sat vacant once the in-patient rooms were consolidated to the North Tower, will now be housing for Midland newcomers, especially MISD teachers.
According to Midland Memorial President and CEO Russell Meyers, 30 of those 44 hotel-style rooms will be set aside for incoming teachers until they are able to find housing.
“We certainly don't intend to compete with the hotels or commercial housing market. This is very much a short term, a temporary thing to help people with minimal means to get over the hump,” says Meyers.
Meyers says tenants in the building should not pose a threat to patients; they will be selective with tenants and there will be 24-hour security.
Tenants will also be restricted on the length of stay. That exact length has yet to be determined but we're told it will be about 2 to 3 months, enough time to find a more permanent living situation.
Meyers went on to tell me that the goal of this 300-thousand dollar project is not to make a profit. He says they simply had rooms to spare and the transformation was fairly simple.
He also tells us that the rooms should be ready next week. They have yet to decide on a price for rooms but the cost will be all-inclusive.