After two years of construction, the public got its first look Tuesday at a new medical center in Brighton.

Several hundred people, including local dignitaries and business leaders, turned out Tuesday for the ribbon cutting of the Brighton Center for Specialty Care, a $175 million facility located at Challis Road and Karl Greimel Drive. The 297,000-square-foot center took more than two years to build and is expected to serve up to 250,000 patients a year. Once it opens to patients September 4th, the center is expected to house about 200 specialty medical providers and create more than 400 full and part-time jobs.

The facility includes adult and pediatric specialty care, infusion, a comprehensive musculoskeletal center, sleep lab, ambulatory diagnostic and treatment center, comprehensive oncology care, operating rooms, short-stay unit, medical procedure unit, pharmacy, radiology and lab services.

It becomes the third Livingston County health center operated by the U of M Health System, with the nearby Brighton Health Center across Challis Road and the U of M Howell Health Center on East Grand River, west of Latson Road. The Kellogg Eye Center would have been the fourth, but was moved to the new Brighton facility.

Pictured from left to right; U of M Health System President David Spahlinger, Brighton Mayor Jim Muzzin, Brighton Center for Specialty Care Medical Director John Wei and Chairman of the U of M Board of Regents Andrew Ritchner. Picture courtesy of Ann Arbor SPARK. (JK)