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U-M Health System Expanding Operating Rooms

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A rising need for surgery has prompted the University of Michigan Health System to expand its operating room facilities.

The multi-million dollar project will be renovating more than 24-thousand square feet for use as support spaces, equipment storage and new operating rooms.

Shon Dwyer is the acting Executive Director of University Hospitals.

"We are getting ready to start the construction soon," Dwyer says of the $23.5 million project, "and we expect that the four operating rooms will be ready and activated in the early summer of 2016."

Dwyer says this is the first time the space has undergone an expansion since it was built nearly 30 years ago.

Taylor Pinson is a WEMU news reporter and engineer during WEMU's broadcast of NPR's All Things Considered.