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Blodgett Hospital unveils $98M expansion plan

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

Blodgett Hospital will sport more than just a pretty new face when a planned $98 million overhaul is finished three years from now. Transformation of the 164-bed facility includes renovating all patient rooms into private rooms, adding 120 rooms in a new five-story, 125,000-square-foot surgical building, and a multitude of other changes.

The plan, announced Tuesday, expands patient services with the addition of a heart catheterization lab, upgrades to medical and surgical intensive care units, and renovations to six nursing units.

"We want to underscore our commitment to keep Blodgett and its legacy of quality care here in this community," says Matt Van Vranken, Executive Vice President, Spectrum Health System/President, Spectrum Health Grand Rapids. "Blodgett services will be complementary to those offered at Butterworth and, combined, will provide the broadest scope of clinical services in the area.”

Other details announced include:

  • Fourteen state-of-the-art operating rooms.
  • Some existing inpatient rooms will be converted to 75,000 square feet of future office and multi-purpose space.
  • New electrical, HVAC, sprinkling systems, and roof.
  • Renovation and repair of the existing parking structure.
  • Renovation of the kitchen, cafeteria, entrance, lobby, and public meeting spaces.

In addition to the building expansion, Spectrum Health named Jim Wilson president of Blodgett Hospital. Wilson previously served as vice president of clinical operations for Spectrum Health.

Source: Spectrum Health

Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.

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