Spectrum Health United has ER open house, ribbon cuttings


By Darrin Clark • Last Updated 12:53 pm on Friday, June 01, 2012
Public can tour new Spectrum ER on Saturday

Members of the Spectrum Health United Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Council recently toured the Stanley and Blanche Ash Emergency Department.

Members of the group toured the first phase of the newly renovated Stanley and Blanche Ash Emergency Department. The council is comprised of patients, family members or supporters of Spectrum Health United Hospital.

The council meets regularly to discuss methods and opportunities to improve the patient experience.
Tina Freese-Decker, president of Spectrum Health United Hospital and Kelsey Hospital, along with Percy Mahar, chief clinical officer, were on hand to answer questions as council members shared ideas and thoughts on how the new department would benefit patients.

The community is invited to preview the Stanley and Blanche Ash Emergency Department and Spectrum Health United Heart and Vascular Center from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday.

The preview will include self-guided tours, and information and refreshments will be available to attendees.

Spectrum Health United Hospital held a ribbon cutting for phase one of the Stanley and Blanche Ash Emergency Department. Pictured from left to right is President of Spectrum Health Hospitals in Grand Rapids Kevin Splaine, board member Bill Hamm, Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines, Honorable Charles Simon III, Interim Chief Financial Officer of Spectrum Health United Hospital Ryan Johnson, board president David Mack, Chief Nursing Officer at Spectrum Health United Hospital Brian Brasser and Chief Human Resources Officer at Spectrum Health United Hospital Vicki Jensen. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — Spectrum Health United Hospital held ribbon cuttings and an open house for the new Stanley and Blanche Ash Emergency Department and Heart and Vascular Center on Thursday evening.

“It’s very beautiful,” said David Mack, Spectrum Health United Memorial’s board president.

Mack said the community’s on-going support of the hospital is essential for the growth in the future.

Stanley and Blanche Ash Emergency Department

The new Stanley and Blanche Ash Emergency Department is part of the United for Health Project that will be fully completed this autumn.

On Thursday, many Spectrum Health people were able to view phase one of the department.

Once it’s completed, it will include three trauma bays, two gynecology rooms, one orthopedic treatment room, 16 private exam rooms, one isolation room equipped with negative pressure, one patient holding room and four observation rooms.

Heart and Vascular Center

The new Heart and Vascular Center is directly connected to the Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center in Grand Rapids.

The center includes advanced cardiac and vascular testing, state of the art radiology imaging, multispecialty team approach to heart and vascular disease, vascular specialist for peripheral arterial disease, heart rhythm specialist and monitoring, research and clinical trials, impatient and emergency department cardiology consultations, onsite anticoagulant monitoring and onsite heart and device clinic.

“I am so proud to be a top 100 hospital,” said Tina Freese-Decker, Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals president.

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