Health Campus Expansion

Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall is being built with donor and university funds. It is located at 500 Lafayette, to the north of the current Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences on the north side of Interstate 196. This building will:

  • Allow us to expand programming and accommodate more students to meet the increasing demand for Grand Valley graduates in our 19 health sciences programs.
  • Add new health sciences programs as they become needed by our regional and statewide health care providers.
  • Create synergistic space to support interprofessional health sciences collaboration with an emphasis on team building and clinical reasoning.
  • Expand our classroom and laboratory facilities to create more opportunities for students to attain the foundation they need prior to their clinical experiences.
  • Allow for expansion and renovation of our simulation center in the Cook-DeVos building made possible by moving some programs and facilities to the Finkelstein Hall.
  • The 84,000 square foot project is scheduled for completion in 2018.

Donor Recognition
All gifts will be recognized by name on the donor wall inside the building. For other opportunities for named recognition, please contact the University Development office at 616-331-6000. Gifts may also be made in honor or memory of someone else, who would also be recognized in the building.

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As the leading provider of healthcare professionals in our region, Grand Valley has been committed to meeting the needs of our community in health care for decades.

  • More than 5,000 students are currently enrolled in health-related courses.
  • There are 20 programs in health sciences at Grand Valley - the most comprehensive array of health programs in Michigan.
  • Grand Valley health programs are known for their rigorous curriculum. Even so, the first time pass rates for nursing and health professions programs average between 90-100%.
  • The programs are nationally recognized and accredited; some of them are unavailable anywhere else in Michigan.
  • The best and brightest attend Grand Valley, and accepted students average GPAs of 3.6 or higher.
  • The wide breadth of the programs ensure students with opportunities for interprofessional experiences.
  • The exceptional clinical experience is supported by a robust simulation center.
  • The Health Campus anchors the East end of Grand Rapids' Medical Mile, making it the ideal location in close proximity to great clinical sites.
  • Allied Health Sciences
  • Cardiovascular Sonography 
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Health Information Management
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Radiologic and Imaging Sciences
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics
  • Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies
  • Master of Public Health
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Traditional Students
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Second Degree Students
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

       (Programs as of Fall, 2017)

Unfortunately, demand has exceeded our capacity to accommodate students and programs. As a result, we are unable to accept all of the qualified applicants for our health sciences programs.

As the leading provider of health care professionals in West Michigan, we need more laboratory, classroom, and collaborative workspaces so that we can continue to attract highly talented students, faculty, and caregivers to our region.

We intend to expand our Health Campus in the heart of Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile. Our plan has begun with construction of Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall located on university property north of Interstate 196. Additionally, the State of Michigan has authorized Grand Valley to plan for construction of a new building next door to the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences on Michigan Street. This official action allows Grand Valley to qualify for construction funds after the State completes a final review of architectural plans. We will be seeking donor support for this building as plans develop.

These buildings, just steps apart, will form a highly synergetic Health Campus that will give Grand Valley the capacity to prepare the next generation of health professionals: those who will care for us, our parents, children, grandchildren, and our community.

About Our Lead Donor: Raleigh J. Finkelstein

Raleigh J. Finkelstein grew up knowing that good things would come if he would just ‘stick to it’ through hard work and a firm commitment to his goals, his family, and his community. That thoughtful, consistent nature led him to share his success with Grand Valley State University students as the first and lead donor for the initial building in the university’s expanding health campus. The building will be named, Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall in his honor.

Born and raised on Grand Rapids’ east side, Raleigh’s financial and business acumen helped him grow MC Sporting Goods into the largest retail operation of its kind in the Midwest. Decades later, after selling the retail chain, he is still practicing his negotiating skills in real estate and other endeavors along with his initial and lifelong partners, his brothers Mort and Ed.

Raleigh is excited about the future of the city and the region where he grew up. “We have the finest health care here, not necessarily the biggest, but definitely the finest. Grand Valley plays an important part in that quality, and we need more of their talented graduates caring for our families.”

As the first to support the expanded health campus, Raleigh’s commitment will be the catalyst that will help the university better meet the growing health care needs of students and employers in our region and our state. We are grateful for his investment in our collective future. Now that’s a Laker Effect!

Page last modified March 8, 2018