It was under construction for 6 years, but it is now finally complete and open. Grand Valley State University has opened a science health building at 333 Michigan Street. The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health is the latest addition on Medial Mile.

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The building is a state-of-the-art simulation center for the health sciences program operated by Grand Valley State University. It's one of the largest in the entire state. It includes several dummies that can simulate real-life hospital experiences including a mannequin that gives birth to another, smaller mannequin. The new place plays host to GVSU students who are studying the health disciplines at GVSU.

GVSU Provost Maria Cimitile told Fox 17,

"It is an enormous advantage for our entire community."

166,000 square feet is now available for students. Inside the building, 400 pieces of artwork are spread out. The art is set to promote empathy and understanding in scientific fields. Beside art and mannequins, the building features a mock operating room, virtual reality simulation room, and real-life home settings for occupational therapy students to learn in a realistic setting.

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The building is the second building in Grand Valley’s Health Campus expansion which began in 2018 with the opening of Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall. Spaces in the new building include an electronic 3D modeling and imaging of the body and its organs plus 17 classrooms and 12 interactive laboratories.

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Grand Valley is the top provider of health science professionals in West Michigan and is a primary talent pipeline for the state. 92% of GVSU health alumni stay in Michigan and 62% stay in West Michigan.

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