Metro Health Hospital

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Metro Health Hospital
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Location 5900 Byron Center Ave, Wyoming, Michigan, United States
Coordinates 42°51′27″N 85°43′05″W / 42.857575°N 85.718036°W / 42.857575; -85.718036Coordinates: 42°51′27″N 85°43′05″W / 42.857575°N 85.718036°W / 42.857575; -85.718036
Affiliated university University of Michigan Health System
Beds 208
Founded December 1942; 75 years ago (December 1942)
Lists Hospitals in Michigan

Metro Health Hospital is a LEED certified hospital located in Wyoming, Michigan off of M-6 near U.S. Route 131. Located within the Metro Health Village, it is the main hospital for Metro Health: University of Michigan Health and functions as a teaching osteopathic medicine hospital. It serves more than 130,000 people in the Grand Rapids Metropolitan Area and is one of the only hospitals in the area that is not located in or near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.[1]



In the 1940s, Louis M. Monger, an osteopathic physician who had been working at the Detroit Osteopathic Hospital, sought to introduce osteopathic care to the residents of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Monger and a group of osteopathic physicians decided to set aside their personal resources to create a hospital dedicated to holistic care. It was decided to purchase the previous home of the bishop serving for the Diocese of Grand Rapids at 1225 Lake Drive in Grand Rapids, MI and nearly $50,000 was raised to equip the hospital. After some delays due to rationing during World War II, Grand Rapids Osteopathic Hospital opened in December 1942 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Andrew Taylor Still's creation of osteopathic education.[2]

The hospital's first patient was Louisa Porcelli, wife of the hospital's Secretary-Treasurer James V. Porcelli, DO, who gave birth to their first child in the nearly finished hospital. Louisa had to be carried up the stairs and placed in the only functioning room in the hospital.[3]

Metropolitan Hospital[edit]

In 1958, the Grand Rapids Osteopathic Hospital moved to 1919 Boston SE Grand Rapids, MI. The hospital was originally equipped with only 28 beds. By the late 1970s, the hospital had grown to include over 200 beds. After decades of growth, the hospital was renamed Metropolitan Hospital so it could be represent the multiple specialties now working with patients.[4]

By the 1990s, Metropolitan Hospital was seeking to expand. On December 2, 1996, the hospital's president and CEO Michael Faas unveiled a new organization called Metro Health, with the hospital partnering with over 130 physicians to create clinics throughout western Michigan.[5] In May 1999, a $40 million proposal to expand that included the purchase and destruction of 55 homes in the area was opposed by residents in the area.[6] By October 2000, Spectrum Health was expanding throughout the area while the hospital still lacked neighborhood support, resulting in a decision to construct a new facility elsewhere.[7]

Metro Health Hospital[edit]

Metro Health logo used from 2007 to 2016.

On March 12, 2001, it was announced that the hospital was attempting to purchase 150 acres in Wyoming, MI to create a "health care village". The decision was made after years of remaining landlocked on its 17 acre property in Grand Rapids with residents denying expansion. The site was located near three major freeways; M-6, U.S. 131 and I-196, situated among the growing suburban area outside of Grand Rapids. It was chosen after studying population growth patterns and because of its size, which would allow the hospital to make multiple expansions.[8]

In 2009, the University of Michigan Health System and the Metro Health Cancer Center initially began a partnership with cancer treatment. Over time, clinical relationships began to develop between the two entities. On December 15, 2016, Metro Health officially announced its affiliation with the University of Michigan Health System. With the University of Michigan Health System having some of the most advanced resources and expertise in the United States, patients are able to receive more specialized treatment at the hospital.[9]


Metro Health Hospital has an emergency department, child birth services, neurosciences, medical care, surgical care, intensive care, and diagnostic/imaging services. Its specialty services include cardiac care, stroke center, joint replacement, neurosurgery, assisted breathing center, sports medicine and wound care.[10]


  • Accredited Chest Pain Center from The Society of Chest Pain Centers
  • Only hospital in Michigan to be recognized by the Department of Environmental Quality as a Clean Corporate Citizen
  • Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP)
  • Primary Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program
  • College of American Pathologists (CAP)
  • Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS)
  • Sleep Disorders Lab accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • Level 2b Accreditation for Bariatric Surgery Program from the Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons
  • Accredited Echocardiography Laboratory from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL)
  • Accredited Vascular Laboratory from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL)
  • Accredited Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL)[11]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2009 Excellence Through Insight Award from HealthStream Research
  • 2009 Diabetes Champion of the Year from American Diabetes Association
  • 2009 Outstanding Performance on Dysphagia Screening from the Michigan Department of Community Health
  • 2009 Outstanding Patient Experience Award from HealthGrades
  • Inducted into the Environmental Leadership Circle (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Top 20 in Most Beautiful Hospitals by Soliant Health (2010, 2011, 2013)
  • 2010 Merck Excellence in Diabetes Care Award from the American Osteopathic Foundation
  • 2010 ASGE Certificate of Recognition of Quality in Endoscopy from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • 2010 West Michigan Glycemic Collaborative (WMGC) with Saint Mary’s Health Care and Spectrum Health and Diabetes Care Centers from the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan[12]
  • 2011 Silver Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology Foundation
  • 2013 Women's Choice Award including America’s 100 Best Hospitals award[13]
  • 2016 Women's Choice Awards including America’s 100 Best Hospitals award, the America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care award, the America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics award and the Best Hospitals for Orthopedics award[13]
Panorama of Bill & Bea Idema Healing Garden at Metro Health Hospital

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Metro Health Hospital". Metro Health. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kent County Osteopathic Association". Kent County Osteopathic Association. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Shellenbarger, Pat (11 Mar 2007). "'They've come a long way'; Doctor's wife was first patient at what is now Metro Health". The Grand Rapids Press. 
  4. ^ "History - Metro Health Hospital". Metro Health Hospital. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Czurak, David (2 December 1996). "Metropolitan Hospital Unveils New Healthcare Plan". The Grand Rapids Business Journal. 14 (44): 9. 
  6. ^ Westaby, Juanita (21 May 1999). "Hospital meets new opposition". The Grand Rapids Press. 
  7. ^ Hoekman, David (30 October 2000). "What's Ahead For Proposed Heart Hospital?". The Grand Rapids Business Journal. 18 (44): 1. 
  8. ^ Sanchez, Mark (12 March 2001). "Metro Proposes Health Care Village". The Grand Rapids Business Journal. 19 (11): 3. 
  9. ^ Tower, Mark (16 December 2016). "Metro Health in Grand Rapids joins forces with University of Michigan". MLive. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Metro Health Hospital Services". Metro Health. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Quality & Safety Achievements". Metro Health. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Quality & Safety Achievements". Metro Health. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Metro Health Hospital, Wyoming, MI -Among America's Best". Women's Choice Award. 29 September 2016. Archived from the original on 29 September 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016.