Grand Valley students are utilizing advanced simulation technology and interactive laboratories in the new Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health on the Health Campus in downtown Grand Rapids.
The five-story, 166,000-square-foot health center at 333 Michigan St. on the Medical Mile opened in May. It is the third and flagship building on the Health Campus, joining the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences and Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall.
The DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health includes one of the largest interprofessional, comprehensive, state-of-art simulation centers in Michigan.
The new health building is helping Grand Valley accommodate expanding programs in emerging and growing fields at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Its 17 classrooms and 12 interactive laboratories are equipped to create interprofessional team environments and encourage collaboration.
Daniel and Pamella DeVos were the lead donors for the project, with another 700 donors generously providing more than $20 million to help make the building a reality. The State of Michigan provided $29 million for the $70 million project.
The DeVoses said the new center is filled with the latest technology and learning labs that will further enhance the tremendous health care educational experience at Grand Valley.
“This building’s mission is focused on preparing future practitioners to work together – in partnership – in a clinical setting for the benefit of the patient,” Dan DeVos said. “The quality of care in our region depends on how we prepare the health care professionals of tomorrow and we’re eager to have this facility play a role in students reaching their full potential and patients receiving exemplary care in local health care facilities.”