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Metro Health Surpasses Capital Campaign Goal

Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 30, 2007

The Metro Health Hospital Foundation today announced that it has raised more than $10.9 million – more than 30 percent over its original goal – in a capital campaign to support the construction of the new hospital.

During a special victory celebration on Wednesday, May 30, the Foundation also announced a list of Leadership Donors who will have spaces named for them in the new hospital, which is slated to open Sept. 30 in its new location in Wyoming. More than 3,000 business and community leaders, companies, philanthropists, Metro Health physicians, employees and residents of West Michigan contributed to the "Care Differently" campaign.

"We are deeply gratified by the outpouring of support for the new hospital through the generous contributions made through the capital campaign," said Steve Van Andel, chairman of Alticor, vice chairperson of the Metro Health Hospital Board and co-chair of the Care Differently campaign. "Our mission is to change the way health care is delivered in this community. The breadth and generosity of gifts demonstrates how deeply this resonates with West Michigan."

Dan Pfeiffer, president of Pfeiffer Automotive Group and campaign co-chair, agreed, noting: "We would like to thank everyone in the community who has donated to this truly worthy cause. Rather than relying on a signature donor, in true Metro fashion, we sought – and received – broad support for this campaign. The dollars raised will allow us to enhance and expand our long-standing tradition of providing holistic, patient-centered care."

The Foundation also unveiled the list of Leadership Donors, who have each contributed more than $100,000 to the capital campaign, and the spaces that will be named for them in the new hospital. These include:

  • Steelcase Workstage Lobby
  • Dan and Eunice Pfeiffer Surgery Center
  • Chris and Joan Panopolous Imaging Center
  • Bill and Bea Idema Healing Garden
  • LaSalle Bank Founders Courtyard
  • Spartan Stores Family Childbirth Center
  • Steve and Cindy Van Andel Center for Restorative Care
  • Skytron Health Library
  • Alticor Pediatric Unit
  • Peter C. and Pat Cook Chapel
  • David M. and Nancy Ondersma Therapy Facility
  • West Michigan Heart, P.C. Tower A Elevators
  • Metropolitan Hospitalists PLC, various spaces throughout the hospital
  • Turner Christman Foyer
  • Metropolitan Anesthesia PC Guest Lounge
  • The Granger Village Green
  • Irving H. Walters, D.O. Memorial Garden

The Foundation also acknowledged special support from The Kresge Foundation and the Carls Foundation. The single largest gift contributed to the capital campaign was $1.2 million. Other campaign milestones included:

  • One-hundred percent participation from Metro’s executive team, governing board and foundation board
  • Contributions from active and retired physicians totaling $1.3 million, representing more than 78 percent of all active physicians
  • Contributions from 700 hospital managers and employees, representing more than 45 percent of all Metro Health employees
  • Securing the $350,000 Kresge Foundation challenge grant

More than 250 donors, supporters and Metro Health employees were expected to attend the Wednesday celebration. The capital campaign, which was launched publicly in the summer of 2005 with a goal of $7.5 million, raised funds to support the construction of Metro Health’s new $150 million hospital.

The new Metro Health hospital will be the only suburban hospital in West Michigan. It will be designed to enhance quality, increase access and convenience, and to reduce costs. Additionally, the new hospital will be one of a few in the country with standardized room layouts to improve safety. It is also setting an example for environmental responsibility as the only full-service hospital in the state of Michigan, and one of only a handful in the nation, to meet the strict LEED certification standards of the U.S. Green Building Council.

"This day has been a long time in coming, and words cannot really do justice to how grateful we are for the contributions made in support of the capital campaign" said Mike Faas, president and CEO of Metro Health. "I would like to offer my deepest appreciation to all those who participated, particularly to Steve Van Andel, Dan Pfeiffer and the more than 50 volunteers who made this campaign such a success.

"Because of their dedication, our patients and our community will have access to the highest level of personal care and the most modern health care in a healing environment unrivalled by any other setting in West Michigan."

About Metro Health Hospital Foundation
The Metro Health Hospital Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the West Michigan community through philanthropy. The Foundation’s support of Metro Health Hospital allows individuals, organizations and businesses to contribute funds that prevent catastrophic illnesses, provide life-saving education and screenings, improve overall patient care and fund a wide variety of programs and services.

About Metro Health Hospital
Metro Health Hospital is a 238-bed general acute care osteopathic teaching hospital that serves more than 130,000 patients in Kent and surrounding counties. Metro Health offers a broad range of services, including inpatient and outpatient services, emergency, surgery, intensive care, rehabilitation, wellness and community education. Metro’s work is supported by the Metro Health Hospital Foundation.


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