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Spectrum Health consolidating 26 leases into new facility

June 10, 2019
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Spectrum Health lab 2900 Bradford St. NE Grand Rapids
The Spectrum Health lab at 2900 Bradford St. NE Grand Rapids. Courtesy Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health is planning to discontinue 26 leases and consolidate multiple departments into a new facility. 

The Grand-Rapids-based health system plans to build a Center for Transformation and Innovation on the property it owns in Grand Rapids southwest of the Cornerstone University campus, at Leffingwell Avenue NE and Bradford Street NE, according to a statement today to the Business Journal from Tina Freese Decker, president and CEO, Spectrum Health.

Spectrum operates a hospital lab on a portion of the site, at 2900 Bradford St. NE.

Occupancy is expected to begin in 2022.

By not renewing 26 leases, Freese Decker said Spectrum will reduce operating costs and begin saving money after eight years.

Spectrum conducted an analysis of potential locations and found the site is the “best and most economically advantageous option for this purpose by more than $20 million.”

Spectrum is still in the planning process and working out many of the details.

The center will be a “contemporary” learning center that will help promote innovation, transformation, advancements and new developments within the system.

It will house several offices, including for human resources, finance, facilities management, the medical group and other back-office functions, to “achieve efficiencies of scale through optimization of meeting rooms and learning opportunities.”

Some of these offices will be moving from spaces along Medical Mile, which then can be used for clinical services.

“Beyond the strong bottom-line rationale for this project, the Center for Transformation and Innovation will be key to helping us realize our vision to provide personalized health that is simple, affordable and exceptional,” Freese Decker said.

“Within its walls, we will find dynamic new solutions, so the people we serve can enjoy the best in health care, at reasonable cost, tailored to their individual needs. This building will help take Spectrum Health to the future.”

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