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Hospital Raises 109 million
"It was obviously a pleasant surprise," Metro Health President Mike Faas said. "We had never run a capital campaign before. When you have no history, you don't know exactly what your target ought to be. And we didn't do this in the best of economic times."
While Faas said the hospital's foundation relied on more than 3,000 donations from across the community, the Care Differently campaign was buoyed by a $1.2 million gift from an anonymous donor. The original goal was $7.5 million. The 208-bed, $150 million hospital is the centerpiece of
The hospital is hosting a celebration today at the new location for the volunteers who worked on the capital campaign, including co-chairs Dan Pfieffer, owner and president of Pfeiffer Automotive Group, and Steve Van Andel, chairman of Alticor and vice-chairman of the
Pfeiffer said he originally balked when he was approached to lead the campaign, even though he grew up on a farm four miles due west of the new hospital site, saying he was too busy.
"Finally I said, 'Some day I'm going to die being too busy to do things I should have done,'" he said. "I believe in it so strongly. Why do all the hospitals want to be in the same area? They're practically walking distance from one other. What a great opportunity to be out where we are. We're right on the crossroads. You can get there from all over
Contributions from physicians totaled $1.3 million and that proved to be a key point in soliciting the campaign's major donations, Pfeiffer said. Forty-five percent of Metro Health's approximately 2,000 employees gave donations.
Faas said the campaign also provided a chance to tell Metro Health's story to a wide swath of the community. "It was a wonderful opportunity for us to get out and tell lots of people about
The campaign received a $350,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation. By donating a minimum of $100,000, 17 people and organizations will have sections of the hospital named after them:
Steelcase Workstage Lobby
Bill and Bea Idema Healing Garden
LaSalle Bank Founders Courtyard
Steve and Cindy Van Andel Center for Restorative Care
Skytron Health Library
Alticor Pediatric Unit
Peter C. and Pat Cook Chapel
David M. and Nancy Ondersma Therapy Facility
Metropolitan Hospitalists PLC, various spaces
Turner Christman Foyer
Metropolitan Anesthesia Associates PC Guest Lounge
Irving H. Walters DO Memorial Garden