Spectrum Health United Hospital expansion fundraising and construction goals both met


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:38 am on Friday, May 10, 2013

Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville celebrated a grand opening Thursday with the completion of the United for Health expansion and renovations. The project included construction and renovations to all of the outpatient services. — Daily News/Cory Smith

GREENVILLE — A Spectrum Health United Hospital project that started in October 2011 was celebrated with a grand opening on Thursday.

The United for Health expansion and renovations have been completed and officially opened to the community.

“It’s an exciting year for United for Health,” said David Mack, chairman of Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals board of directors, at the grand opening ceremony.

The project included construction and renovations to all of the outpatient services, which include Stanley and Blanche Ash Emergency Department, Bill Braman Family Diagnostic Center, Ray and Mary Tower Main Lobby, Spectrum Health United Heart and Vascular Center and Patient Access and Registration and Cardiology Center.

A study completed by Freeman White showed the hospital saw a 95.4 percent increase in emergency department patients from 2005 to 2010, which resulted in United Hospital  developing United for Health allowing modernized services for better customer service, shorter waiting times and specialized health care.

United for Health Steering Committee member Roger Coles, left, and Diagnostic Imaging Chief of Service John Merchun, reveal the United for Health pen and ink drawing, illustrated by Frances Schuleit of Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

The construction stayed on track, completing a year and a half after ground breaking.

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals President Tina Freese-Decker said the expansion was about 31,000 square feet.

“Our vision is to be national leaders for health by 2020,” Freese-Decker said Thursday.

During the ceremony, Freese-Decker not only thanked former hospital president Paul Bonis for his vision of United for Health, but thanked the staff, community, planners, architects, donors and more for making United for Health possible.

“I am honored to be a top 100 hospital, and I’m also very proud of our facility,” she said. “The facility is beautiful.”

The cost of the United for Health project totaled about $10.6 million.

United for Health Steering Committee member Roger Coles said lead donors included Stanley and Blanche Ash and Bill Braman.

“Philanthropy is extremely powerful,” Coles said.

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