01/17/2012 11:49 am ET Updated Jan 17, 2012

Detroit Medical Center Breaks Ground On New Heart Hospital

The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) broke ground Tuesday on its new $78 million, state-of-the-art cardiovascular hospital in Midtown Detroit.

The planned five-story Heart Hospital complex will be the first in Michigan to specialize in heart care issues and will feature 24-hour, on-site care. The facility is scheduled to open in 2014.

Vanguard, a private health system, acquired the non-profit DMC in December 2010, a move that troubled some community leaders concerned about the investor's long-term commitment to the hospital system.

As part of the merger agreement, Vanguard has promised to build 15 new health care facilities to allow DMC to keep up to date with other health care providers.

DMC is facing increased competition for health care services in southeast Michigan. Also on Tuesday, the University of Michigan Health Care System announced a 25-year lease for a 100,000 square-foot clinic in Livonia, reports.

DMC is still southeast Michigan's largest healthcare provider with more than 2,000 licensed beds and 3,000 affiliated physicians.