$12 million project set to start officially Oct. 14

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 3:22 pm on Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Daily News/Kelli Ameling Spectrum Health United Hospital gets ready for construction to start on the United For Health Project

GREENVILLE — A $12 million expansion at Spectrum Health United Hospital is set to begin officially on Oct. 14.
Spectrum Health United Memorial is hosting a groundbreaking at 10 a.m. in the hospital parking lot at 615 S. Bower St. in Greenville.
The project, dubbed United For Health, includes development and renovation of the Stanley and Blanche Ash Emergency Department, Bill Braman Family Diagnostic Center, Ray and Mary Tower Main Lobby, Patient Access and Registration and the Cardiology Center.
“We are setting up for years to come,” said Jennifer DenOuden, marketing and communications director at Spectrum Health United Memorial. “(The project) sets us up to be prepared for current and future needs as well.”
Of the $12 million project cost, the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation’s United For Health capital campaign is seeking to raise $3 million from the community.
“United Hospital was built through philanthropic leadership and continues to thrive today in the same tradition as the early donors set over 50 years ago,” foundation Executive Director Shirley Hayes said. “We are extremely grateful to all of the donors for their charitable giving to support United Hospital’s mission of saving lives, today and for generations to come.”
The hospital saw a 95.4 percent increase in emergency department patients from 2005 to 2010. Freeman White performed an independent study and review of the hospital’s services for hospital officials.
The outcome of the study prompted planning for the project.
Total renovation and construction will provide nearly 31,000 square feet of modernized services. The project will allow for better customer service with shorter wait times, a cardiologist on site and more specialized health care, DenOuden said.
“The hospital was built upon care and patients,” DenOuden said. “(The community) has been incredible to the hospital.”
All emergency and medical services are open during the entire construction project. The project is set for completion in spring 2013.
The foundation has formed a steering committee that will be seeking community donations in the coming months.
For more information about named gift opportunities, contact the foundation office at (616) 754-4691.

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