By: Deborah Johnson Wood
The $98 million overhaul and a 162,000-square-foot expansion of Blodgett Hospital at 1840 Wealthy Street SE is on schedule for a November 2010 opening.
When it's all done, 284 private patient
rooms with family gathering space in each will bring a new dimension to
patient care. The plan is to close existing patient beds in buildings
built in 1916, the '50s and the '60s. To make up for that loss, the new
five-story expansion includes 131 private patient rooms, as well as
eight state-of-the-art operating rooms.
"The investment we're making here at
Blodgett is a lot more than just the buildings and renovations," says
Jim Wilson, president. "We are updating to state-of-the-art
technologies all of the imaging modalities we have."
include two CT scanners installed last year, upgrades to nuclear
medicine and fluoroscopy technologies, the addition of a second MRI
machine, and an upgrade to digital mammography last year.
A renovation of the emergency room
involves new patient care rooms, an already-reconstructed clinical core
area, and renovation of the examination rooms.
All public spaces—lobbies, conference
rooms, an auditorium, restrooms, kitchen/cafeteria—are also on the
drawing board for upgrades.
Infrastructure revamps include ongoing
improvements -- some began two years ago -- to the parking deck and
replacement of all the elevators in the hospital's 11 elevator banks.
The Blodgett campus, part of the Spectrum Health system, provides 1,800 full-time-equivalent jobs just inside the East Grand Rapids city boundaries.
"We're excited to make this investment
so Blodgett hospital continues to be a very viable part of the East
Grand Rapids business community," Wilson says. "We take that commitment
Source: Jim Wilson, Blodgett Hospital
Blodgett Hospital unveils $98M expansion plan
Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at [email protected].