The final beam was placed on the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital project on Jan. 29. Attending the ceremony were Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital donors, physicians, staff and patients, along with Richard and Helen DeVos, and second generation family members. Children, families, physicians and staff signed the final piece of steel for the new hospital. The major construction milestone was marked by the final steel beam being lifted into place 11 stories above the ground.
According to a news release, the event celebrated “the promise of a new children’s hospital that will offer expanded capacity, state-of-the-art facilities and enhanced family-centered care in private inpatient rooms. With a dedicated pediatric emergency department, operating rooms, recovery area and diagnostic radiology, soon our children will have a hospital dedicated to their unique needs.”
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is West Michigan’s largest children’s hospital, serving children and families throughout a 37-county region. A teaching hospital, it includes more than 150 pediatric specialty physicians uniquely skilled in providing medical and surgical care to children in more than 40 pediatric specialties. The hospital cares for more than 7,600 inpatients and 190,000 outpatients annually.