Grand Valley State University opens new DeVos health center

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The new five-story, 166,000-square-foot health center, at 333 Michigan St. NE on the Medical Mile, offers undergraduate and graduate health care programs to students. Courtesy GVSU

The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health on Grand Valley State University’s Health Campus in downtown Grand Rapids is now open to students.

“This building’s mission is focused on preparing future practitioners to work together — in partnership — in a clinical setting for the benefit of the patient,” Daniel and Pamella DeVos said. “The quality of care in our region depends on how we prepare the health care professionals of tomorrow, and we’re eager to have this facility play a role in students reaching their full potential and patients receiving exemplary care in local health care facilities.”

The new five-story, 166,000-square-foot health center, at 333 Michigan St. NE on the Medical Mile, offers undergraduate and graduate health care programs to students.

The building houses GVSU’s Kirkhof College of Nursing, along with 17 classrooms, 12 interactive laboratories and different technologies including electronic 3D modeling and imaging of the body and its organs, plastinated specimens, a virtual anatomy table and classrooms with interactive walls and floors.

Katie Branch, director of the simulation center at GVSU, said the virtual anatomy table can be programmed to show not only normal anatomy but a long list of pathological conditions.

“Students are able to look at a wide spectrum of human ailments,” she said. “Students can electronically dissect every layer of the skin and muscle down to the bone.”

Branch also said with the addition of 28,375 square feet of simulation space in the DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health, Grand Valley now has a total of more than 67,800 square feet of simulation space on the Health Campus.

“It’s pretty remarkable,” she said. And it’s designed to be inclusive so all spaces can be used throughout our academic disciplines. Our simulation spaces were designed to be forward-thinking and relevant for the next 25 to 50 years. The spaces have room to grow and the technology in them is cutting-edge, so it will be relevant in the future.”

The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health also features a Dale Chihuly glass sculpture, a gift from Daniel and Pamella DeVos. The piece, entitled Laker Blue and Opaline Persian Chandelier, is representative of the artist’s Persian series. The blown glass installation is approximately 114-by-342-by-84 inches, and it highlights more than 400 works of art throughout the building with contemporary glass artworks on every floor.

The facility is the third and flagship building on the Health Campus, joining the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences and Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall.

Daniel and Pamella DeVos were the lead donors for the Center for Interprofessional Health project, and there were an additional 700 donors who provided more than $20 million. The state of Michigan provided $29 million for the $70 million project.

A dedication ceremony for the DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health is scheduled for Nov. 3.

“The completion of this building is the apex of Grand Valley’s Health Campus expansion, further enabling the university’s leadership as the primary talent pipeline for frontline health professionals and nurses in West Michigan and our state,” Grand Valley President Philomena Mantella said. “The DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health will allow cross-disciplinary innovation and collaboration that will keep Grand Valley graduates at the forefront of their professions.”

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