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 System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 150 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $550 million in community benefit in calendar year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $37 million in philanthropy to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

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