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Helen DeVos Children's Hospital celebrates 10-year-anniversary of The Big Blue Building on Medical Mile

Posted at 12:10 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 12:11:27-05

10 years ago, a new 14-story blue building opened up in downtown Grand Rapids, and that building was the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital on the Medical Mile.

The building first opened on January 11, 2011, with the help of more than $103 million in donations. One of just 220 children’s hospitals in the country, it provides world-class medical and surgical care to infants, children, and adolescents from Michigan, across the country, and around the world.

Before the building opened, a number of skilled pediatric sub-specialists joined Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in the 1970s and 1980s, building capabilities in children’s specialties such as neonatal, cancer, and intensive care.

Now Helen DeVos Children's Hospital is now a 234-bed national referral center and teaching hospital, providing comprehensive clinical care to the children of West Michigan and beyond. It offers advanced pediatric specialty care with more than 300 pediatric physicians who practice in 70 pediatric specialties and programs.

The hospital also provides care close to home in over 50 regional clinics and shares its expertise through Partners in Children’s Health: a collaboration with more than 30 hospitals throughout Michigan.

By the numbers, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital:

  • Admits 9,100 children on average annually
  • Handles 56,000 emergency department visits annually
  • Performs 8,700 surgeries each year
  • Cares for more than 1,400 newborns in the Neonatal ICU annually

Helen DeVos Children's Hospital has been recognized as one of nation’s best children’s hospitals, ranking as a top 50 hospital in 8 clinical categories as published by US News and World Report.

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