Gerber Memorial Hospital

Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial to Open New Emergency Department

Community invited to the Grand Opening Ceremony

Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital is pleased to invite the community to the Grand Opening Ceremony of its new emergency department (ED).

The event will take place at the hospital’s new ED entrance on Sunday, June 29, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  People are asked to park at the new parking lot across the street from the hospital. There will be a short program, refreshments will be served and tours will be conducted.

In its ongoing effort to improve the health of the communities it serves, Gerber Memorial Hospital embarked upon a construction project to enhance the care it provides.  Phase 1 of the project involved the expansion of the employee and visitor parking lots.  Phase 2 – completed early this year – was the creation of a new outpatient surgery and endoscopy suite.  This area includes a new family waiting lounge, new private outpatient surgery rooms and a new endoscopy procedure area.

Phase 3, which began last year, involved the building of a new emergency department. This new facility has its own emergency entrance and lobby area, making for less confusion at the point of admission. The latest technology has been built into the facility, such as two special exam room beds that will accommodate x-ray boards for diagnostic imaging on the spot.  Certain rooms also facilitate the administering of nitrous oxide to provide added comfort to pediatric patients.

These projects reflect the hospital’s focus on continuous improvement in its processes and to the safety and high quality of the care it provides.  As the overall vision of growth unfolds, and attention is paid to the privacy and comfort of each and every person to enter the hospital, valuable efficiencies have become embedded into the services provided.  The result is an effective balance of high tech and high touch caregiving.

“The new emergency facility is the culmination of some very good work by our leadership group, our employees, our physicians and members of the community,” stated Gerber Memorial President Randy Stasik.  “The need for more and larger exam rooms, to better care for our patients, was imperative as the number of patients using the ED has grown substantially. The area was designed to have more private spaces for our patients and a wrap-around nurse station which maximized the ability of our providers to observe each treatment room, thereby improving responsiveness to patient needs.”

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 11 hospitals including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 170 ambulatory and service sites; 1,080 employed physicians and advanced practice providers including members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a 575,000-member health plan. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer with 21,400 employees. The organization provided $250 million in community benefit during its 2013 fiscal year. In 2014, Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems® by Truven Health Analytics.