Ash house sold on Jan. 31


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:49 pm on Friday, February 08, 2013

The Ash house, which was built by Stanley and Blanche Ash and left to the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation, was sold on Jan. 31 to new homeowners. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — The Ash house, which was built by Stanley and Blanche Ash and left to the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation, sold on Jan. 31 to new homeowners.

According to Shirley Hayes, director of Patient and Family Experience at Spectrum Health United Hospital, the Ashes thoughtfully built the house for future purposes.

“They had hoped that it could be used by United Hospital for patients needing rehab because of the indoor pool, extra large rooms and door openings,” Hayes said. “They were also realistic and knew that a rehab facility may not be fitting in the neighborhood so it may need to be sold to new homeowners.”

The house, located on Lincoln Street in Greenville, was sold through Greenridge Reality in Grand Rapids.

“All the funds will stay in Greenville,” said Elizabeth Goodwin, director of communications at Spectrum Health United Hospital. “One hundred percent of the funds from the sale of the home will be invested with the foundation to support United Hospital.”

The sale price of the home was not disclosed.

Hayes said the Ashes trusted the foundation board — comprised of local leaders — and that is why they left the decision to either keep or sell the house in the board’s hands, adding the board of directors “would consider all options and act with the best interest of the neighbors and the needs of the hospital.

“Knowing how Stan and Blanche loved this community, their neighborhood and United Hospital, I am certain they’d be pleased to know that the sale of their house will help grow local healthcare,” Hayes said. “Their gift of donating their house to the foundation was another amazing example of their generosity to care and respect others.”

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