Zeeland Community Hospital

Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital Opens Pediatric Observation Unit in Partnership with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

Zeeland, Mich., August 13, 2020 – Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital is excited to announce the opening of a pediatric observation unit in partnership with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (HDVCH). This new unit will provide access to highly reliable pediatric care.

The program provides designated rooms within the hospital emergency department for pediatric observation. Pediatric patients who meet established criteria will be observed in the unit for a maximum of 24 hours rather than being admitted. Regional providers will then partner with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital physicians on the initial care plan for each child as needed, based on the child’s progress.

“We are so pleased to have the pediatric observation program at Zeeland Community Hospital,” said Linda Schaltz, chief nursing officer, Zeeland Community Hospital. “This partnership with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital enables us to provide seamless, convenient, safe and exceptional care for our families.

“Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital focuses on treating our patients with the most appropriate care, closest to home,” Schaltz said. “The pediatric observation program is designed to provide advanced care through our connection with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, yet minimize the stress and financial burden by avoiding a transfer to Grand Rapids, when possible.”

In critical cases, or if a patient’s symptoms fall outside the criteria to stay for observation, the patient will be transferred to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for specialized pediatric care.

A celebration of partnership was held on Monday, August 10 with a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony on Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital’s Facebook page.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is a 234-bed regional referral center and teaching hospital that also houses a pediatric neurocritical care unit, the only of such kind in West Michigan. It offers advanced pediatric specialty care with more than 300 pediatric physicians who practice in more than 50 pediatric specialties and programs. Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is Michigan’s largest neonatal center.

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.

Ashley Kiekintveld
Marketing and Communications
Phone: 616.748.3610
Email: ashley.kiekintveld@spectrumhealth.org