Meijer Name Adorns Heart Center

August 19, 2004
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GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health has named its new $137 million heart hospital after Fred and Lena Meijer, the lead donors to a capital campaign that raised nearly $33 million for the project.

The name “The Fred and LenaMeijerHeartCenter” was unveiled during a ceremony this morning at Spectrum Health’s Butterworth Campus in downtown Grand Rapids. Under construction since 2001, the 330,000-square-foot cardiac care hospital is scheduled to open this fall.

The building was named after the Meijers for their “unfailing support of Spectrum Health and our community,” Spectrum Health announced today.

“Fred and Lena Meijer have demonstrated their dedication to West Michigan and the health of its citizens,” Spectrum Health President and CEO Rick Breon said. “They’re two of West Michigan’s leading philanthropists with a commitment to making their community a better place to live for all of us. Their leadership inspired people in West Michigan to donate gifts ranging from five dollars to millions.”

The Meijers’ gift to the heart center is in addition to their support for Spectrum Health’s planned outpatient cancer center, which was named by them in honor of three friends, Harvey Lemmen and Earl and Donna Holton. Earl Holton is the former president of Walker-based retailer Meijer Inc.

Spectrum Health will name the facility the Lemmen-Holton Outpatient Cancer Center.    

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