Ross Medical Education Center opens Grand Rapids campus


Ross Medical Education Center operates 24 campuses throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia and Kentucky. Photo by Mike Nichols

More than 100 red balloons soared into the chilly November sky, signaling the opening of another Ross Medical Education Center.

About 100 students, staff and community members celebrated Monday for the opening of the allied health school’s new West Michigan location at 4528 Breton Road SE.

Representatives of the Grand Rapids chapter of the American Diabetes Association, the Kentwood Fire Department and the Wyoming Chamber of Commerce watched on as Kentwood Mayor Richard Clanton,  Ryan Middleton, campus director, and Sharon Treumuth, executive VP of operations, cut the ribbon on the new facility.

“We would graduate in the area of 200 students a year,” Middleton said. “The ultimate goal is placing the students who do graduate in career-related training.”

Treumuth said the facility will have four main programs: medical assisting, medical insurance billing and office administration, dental assisting, and a new program for pharmacy technology.

The new location is Michigan’s 14th Ross center, she said, which has a total of 24 locations spread across Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.

Ross is a “constant source of graduates for the medical community,” she said, and has a strong emphasis on getting students jobs.

“Our accreditation standard requires a minimum of 70 percent annually for each program. We report annually to the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.”

The theme of the grand opening was diabetes awareness. Jean Norris, educator and author of “No Sugar Added: Straight Talk From Those Living with Diabetes,” kicked off the event by speaking of her own personal battle with diabetes.

After the ribbon cutting, a crowd of faculty, staff and guests, took a one-mile “Walk It Off” diabetes awareness walk around the neighborhood to raise awareness of the disease, and shed some Thanksgiving pounds in the process.

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