Health system plans $24.5M makeover of rehab and nursing center


A rendering of the entry of the renovated Spectrum Health Rehab and Nursing Center in Grand Rapids. Courtesy Spectrum Health

A health system is planning to spend $24.5 million to expand and renovate a local rehabilitation and nursing center.

The project

Spectrum Health said yesterday that it’s planning the work on its Rehab and Nursing Center in Grand Rapids, at 4118 Kalamazoo Ave. SE.

The project would include the construction of a 116,800 square foot, two-story building, which would serve 165 people for inpatient care, as well as remodeling part of the original building for outpatient care.

Spectrum Health considered several design factors for the project, such as lean design, efficiency, flexibility and a therapeutic atmosphere for patients, said Karen Pakkala, vice president of operations, Spectrum Health Continuing Care.

“It is very critical for folks to have a healing environment and to meet their medical needs as well,” Pakkala said. “How do you build in flexibility for room design, shape and size and healing environment, which is critical for folks.”

The system expects to begin construction next spring after approvals, Pakkala said.

Spectrum Health Rehab and Nursing Centers offer short term sub-acute rehabilitation services and long-term care. The sub-acute program is accredited for services in stroke and brain injury rehabilitation.


The architect on the project is Morrison Kattman Menze in Fort Wayne, Ind. The system hasn’t yet selected a construction firm for the project.

Time for upgrade

The project would help prepare the center to meet the current and future needs of the area, Pakkala said.

“We are very excited to have a facility that can really match up to the exceptional care that we provide,” Pakkala said. “The facility has existed since 1964, and the last renovation was over 20 years ago. It is critical that we invest in the facility.”

The planned investment shows Spectrum Health’s significant commitment to provide patients with the best possible care and facilities, said Marc Chircop, senior vice president of regional relationships, Spectrum Health.

“This expansion and renovation will positively impact both direct care and the overall patient experience,” Chircop said.

Market need

Spectrum Health will submit a Certificate of Need for project to the state of Michigan this summer, Pakkala said. A health facility or group practice is required to obtain a Certificate of Need approval by the state for capital expenditure projects.


The Spectrum Health system is comprised of 11 hospitals, 170 ambulatory and services sites and more than 1,000 physicians and advanced practice providers.

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