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Health Pointe partners with GR children's hospital

Krystle Wagner • Jan 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — A new partnership is aimed at enhancing care for children and families in West Michigan, officials say.

On Friday, officials from Health Pointe and Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital announced a formal partnership that will bring educational opportunities, best practices and initiatives to the Grand Haven Township-based facility.

Dr. Bob Conners, president of the Grand Rapids children’s hospital, said the goal in partnering is to keep children close to their homes, which means partnering with teams like those in Grand Haven.

“What we’re all about is trying to be the safest children’s hospital in the country with the greatest quality of care and give great, exceptional experiences to our patients,” he said. “To do that, we really need and want to partner.”

The partnership means continued education for providers, quarterly access to meetings and coordinated care when patients do need to travel for care, said Josh Troast, executive director of Health Pointe.

“For us, it’s a great honor and a great opportunity,” Troast said.

Troast commented that his son has accessed care at the children’s hospital, and he’s grateful for the resource.

While the Health Pointe pediatric team has been in the community for a while, Troast said the partnership with the DeVos team will “enhance that care” provided locally.

Troast noted the Grand Rapids children’s hospital is nationally recognized and well-known in the West Michigan community.

Since Health Pointe opened in March 2018, it also opened up more access to multiple specialties under one roof, Troast said.

Health Pointe is a partnership between Spectrum Health and Holland Hospital. The facility houses primary and urgent care services, pediatrics, radiology, lab draws, cardiology, audiology, orthopedics, and other specialties.

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