Health system breaks ground on $24.5M project


A partial rendering of the expanded and renovated Rehab and Nursing in Grand Rapids. Courtesy Spectrum Health

A health system plans to break ground Tuesday on a $24.5-million project to expand and renovate a local center.

Spectrum Health said today that the project will commence on its Rehab and Nursing Center in Grand Rapids, at 4118 Kalamazoo Ave. SE.

Spectrum announced the expansion and renovation plans for the center, first built in 1964, last summer.

Construction is schedule to finish next summer.

MKM architecture + design in Fort Wayne, Ind. is serving as the project’s architect, and The Christman Company, based in Lansing, is serving as the project’s contractor.

"We are thrilled to be able to see this project get underway, because of what it will mean for our patients,” said Chad Tuttle, president, Spectrum Health Continuing Care. “The project will bring the latest in innovative design concepts to create an environment of healing for our rehab patients, while providing a home-like environment for our long-term residents."

The project

The bulk of the project is a two story, 122,600-square-foot addition, which will provide space for 165 patients. The addition will be built adjacent to the existing one-story building.

Spectrum Health’s Patient and Family Advisory Council and Spectrum staff were consulted during the design phase.

The first floor of the new building will be used for short-tem rehabilitation services, with 77 beds, many in private rooms.

The second floor will have 88 beds, mostly in semi-private suites, for long-term care.

Each floor will have a room for meals and recreational use.

Spectrum Health said the renovation project will also include a fully equipped rehabilitation gym, private treatment rooms and a low-stimulation area for patients with neurological conditions.

Tuttle said patient care will continue uninterrupted at the original facility through construction, which offers several services: neuro rehabilitation; general rehabilitation; short and long-term nursing care; long-term care for aging adults; and art and music therapy.

The center serves 700 patients each year.

“Our goal is to provide a high-quality environment that supports healing and compassionate care,” said Christina Freese-Decker, president, Spectrum Health Hospital Group.

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