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Spectrum Health prepares to provide more hospital bed space inside GVSU building

Posted: 8:34 AM, Mar 25, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-25 08:52:41-04
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spectrum Health is considering placing hospital beds at Grand Valley State University's downtown campus if the corconavirus pandemic worsens. Organizers say it is something they've been preparing for over the years.

“We remain committed to adapting, preparing and finding new solutions to ensure the health, safety and appropriate care for our community in the midst of this critical and rapidly evolving health crisis,” said Tina Freese Decker, president and CEO of Spectrum Health. “This arrangement provides contingency medical space, should we need it. We are grateful for our community partners like GVSU who are coming together in remarkable ways to support our teams and our patients.”

The space inside the Cook-DeVos Center in downtown Grand Rapids can hold up to 250 beds if needed.

“Grand Valley State University has resources to help fight this virus, and we are pleased to work with Spectrum Health,” said Grand Valley president Philomena V. Mantella. “We will provide space and any resources we have to assist our state and country."