Holland Hospital breaks ground on new medical building in Saugatuck

SAUGATUCK — Residents of Saugatuck and surrounding communities will soon have a new
option for primary care close to home. Holland Hospital held a groundbreaking ceremony for
a new medical building in Saugatuck on Wednesday, April 26.
The 16,940-square-foot facility, located at 6940 Blue Star Highway, is expected to open next
spring and will have seven physicians in the building.
Services will include primary care, routine diagnostics, physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Hospital officials said there’ll be room to add more providers in the future.
Holland Hospital currently operates a medical office in Douglas in the former Douglas
Hospital, but has outgrown that space.
“We’re in a little corner of the former Douglas Hospital right now, and we really could only
have two providers there every day,” said Michelle Doctor, vice president of the Holland
Hospital Medical Group.
The new facility will provide more opportunities for care for residents of Saugatuck, Douglas,
Hamilton, Fennville and the surrounding area. Mark Pawlak, executive vice president, said
Allegan County’s status as the fourth fastest growing county in the state means increased
demand for healthcare.
“This new facility in Saugatuck/Douglas is our latest effort in bringing the best care in West
Michigan closer to home,” said President Patti VanDort. “We will continue to grow to provide
convenient access to quality care throughout this lakeshore region.”
When it opens, the building will offer family medicine providers, pediatric services, physical
therapy, radiology and lab services. Doctor said lab services, which have high demand in the
Mitchell Boatman
The Holland Sentinel

area, will be “doubled and expanded to expedite service.”
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The new space will also enable “more same-day services, next-day appointments and even
virtual and walk-in options,” Doctor said.

— Contact reporter Mitchell Boatman at mboatman@hollandsentinel.com. Follow him on
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