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'Very happy, very pleased, very excited'

Alex Doty • Nov 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — It’s been more than a year and a half since the Grand Haven Township Board approved the Health Pointe medical development, a joint venture between Holland Hospital and Spectrum Health.

Construction contractors are now entering the home stretch on the development, which is on track for a March 2018 opening.

“It’s been a wonderful job to be a part of,” said Joseph Durfee, a project manager for Granger Construction. “It’s run really smooth and we’ve got a great team we’re working with, with the Health Pointe folks.”

At the peak of the construction, Durfee said there were as many as 125-130 tradespeople on the site each day.

“We didn’t track local participation, but I can say with confidence that the greater majority of the people working here come from a 60-mile radius from here,” he said. “A lot of guys from Spring Lake and Grand Haven, as well.”

Health Pointe Executive Director Joshua Troast echoed the sentiments shared by Durfee regarding the project thus far.

“It has been a great process,” Troast said. “We’ve been fortunate with good partners, both locally and with working with Granger. The weather has worked on our behalf and in our favor, as well.”

Site preparation for the development began in September and October of 2016, with foundations being poured and steel going up in November through this past January. Work crews are now focused on finishing out the interior of the structure ahead of its anticipated spring opening.

“We’re very happy, very pleased, very excited for Health Pointe to open and offer additional health care choices to the Grand Haven community,” Troast said. “Obviously, aesthetically, it’s going to be a brand-new, state-of-the-art building. Initially, that will be what will hit you.”

Troast said patients will also notice the value of the coordination of care at the medical center.

“Everything being under one roof, having one-stop shopping, is going to be a huge value,” he said. “I live and consume health care along the Lakeshore, so to have everything under one roof, not having to travel 5-10 miles to go to different offices for different services, will be a huge benefit.”

Troast said that Health Pointe will feature a range of services including primary and urgent care, specialty physicians, lab and radiology, and outpatient surgery procedures. He noted that Health Pointe officials feel good with where they are at in opening the new facility.

“(We’re) staying conservative to start, but we’ve built the building flexible enough — and built our programs flexible enough — to be able to grow as the market demands,” Troast said.

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