Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
The opening of the new Helen DeVos Children's Hospital on 1-11-11 marks a new era of children's health care in West Michigan. The 206-bed, 14-floor, 464,000 square foot facility represents more than four decades of steady progress in improving pediatric care and bringing pediatric specialists to the region. Now children have a hospital dedicated exclusively to their health care needs. All of the care is provided by pediatric nurses, therapists and clinicians and there are nearly 200 pediatric physicians in more than 40 pediatric specialties The first important step was the opening of a small neonatal intensive care unit in 1973 at Butterworth Hospital. Led by visionaries John Wilson, MD, a pediatrician, and Leonard Radecki, MD, a neonatologist, the unit soon grew into a Level III regional center of specialized care for the most premature and critically ill newborns.