Two Area Hospitals Debut To The Public

September 5, 2007
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WYOMING — Public tours are available in coming days of two new hospital facilities: the new Metro Health Hospital and an expansion at Holland Hospital.

Tours of the new Metro Health Hospital are set for 2-8 p.m. Sept. 10, 11 and 12. The hospital, which opens Sept. 30, is at 5900 Byron Center Ave. SW, just north of M-6, in Metro Health Village.

A dedication and ribbon-cutting is planned for 10 a.m. Sept. 10, kicking off three days of public tours, health screenings and a special visit by Ernie Harwell, the legendary radio personality for the Detroit Tigers.

Tours will include giveaways and free health screenings courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in the Blues Cruiser, outside the main lobby. Additional sponsors are Molina Healthcare and Porter Hills Home Care.

The $150 million, 140,000-square-foot new hospital includes 208 beds and all private rooms. Metro Health is moving to the facility after 50 years on Boston Street in southeast Grand Rapids. The hospital is the centerpiece of the 170-acre Metro Health Village, a mixed-use development with all buildings constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.

The Boston Street hospital will be torn down to make way for a new assisted living center for senior citizens.

Farther west, Holland Hospital is throwing open the doors of its three-year, $45 million project from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8. The 90,000-square-foot addition includes a new intensive care/telemetry unit, special care nursery and new entrance.

The event features refreshments, music, gifts and a health fair including blood pressure checks, osteoporosis screening, diabetes education, nutrition tips and chair massages. There will be a live radio broadcast with JQ99 FM.

The hospital is located at 602 Michigan Ave., but the new entrance is off 27th Street.   

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