Metro Health-U of M Health Break Ground On New Allendale Office
With a fast-growing community at hand, Metro Health-University of Michigan Health has started work on a new, larger office in Allendale Township. This comes more than a decade after opening its outpatient clinic.
Clinic staff and Metro Health leaders gathered Monday evening for a groundbreaking for the 15,000-square-foot office to be built at the northwest corner of 48th Avenue and Lake Michigan Drive. This comes more than a decade after opening an outpatient clinic in Allendale Township. Health leaders say the township has grown 29-percent since that first office opened, which makes it one of the fastest growing communities in the state.
Dr. Raki Pai is the Chief Population Health Office and President of the Medical Group, Metro Health – University of Michigan Health. He says community growth, coupled with the pandemic increased the need for a larger space.
“But one of the things we realized is, our current Allendale office is inadequate to meet the needs of the community. And we wanted to have better visibility, be a little closer to the Grand Valley campus, where we also take care of their students at their Grand Valley student health center.”
All the providers from the current location are relocating to the new site, which is about two miles east of the existing office. The office will continue to offer comprehensive services plus they’re looking at offering even more.
Dr. Pai says the office is expected to open in spring 2022, replacing the current clinic that opened in 2009. Plus, Health Leaders say it’s located along the Rapid bus line, which gives patients better accessibility.