COVID-19, Gerber Memorial Hospital

Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Moves COVID-19 Testing to Drive-thru Process

September 16, 2020

FREMONT, Mich., Sept. 15, 2020 – Patients visiting Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial for an outpatient COVID-19 swab test will now get their specimens collected in an on campus drive-thru garage conveniently located behind the hospital. The site, just off Weaver Avenue, is open daily 9 a.m. to noon.

The change allows for better social distancing and increases the capacity to conduct more tests as schools, sports and the busy fall season begins.

“Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is committed to making sure the people we serve and our team members remain as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, while meeting the needs of our community,” said Gerber Memorial Chief Nursing Officer Nick Strait. “By collecting specimens outside the hospital, we hope to make the process easier for our community and encourage more people to get tested in a convenient way.”

Patients must have an order from a provider to receive a test. Appointments are encouraged. There are several easy ways to access COVID-19 testing:

  • Get screened and self-schedule a COVID-19 test through Spectrum Health MyChart. You do not have to be a Spectrum Health patient to use this service. To access MyChart, download the Spectrum Health app or visit
  • Once in MyChart, follow the instructions found at to complete the symptom screening process.
  • Patients may also contact their provider to discuss the need for a COVID-19 test.

If you require an interpreter or special assistance, call the COVID-19 hotline at 833.559.0659. Also use this option if you are a pre-procedure or surgery patient. If you qualify for a COVID-19 test, an appointment will be made for you.

For tests for children, also visit for more information on how and when to have your child tested.

Spectrum Health emergency departments are for patients seeking emergency services only and are not able to provide testing for patients without serious COVID-19 symptoms.

People experiencing life-threatening symptoms or conditions should call 9-1-1.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan. People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.

Azlan Ibrahim
Communications Manager
Office: 231.924.1264
Mobile: 616.227-1940