Every community has its own vocabulary -- the names and places that make it feel like home. Here's an insider's look at the history, culture, and special character of a place called West Michigan. By the time you're done reading, you should be able to find us on The Mitten, name some of our beautiful beaches and local celebrities, describe the function of the Fish Ladder, and identify why dentists have a special place in their hearts for Grand Rapids. For extra credit: what world-famous architect designed our downtown amphitheatre?
This multi-billion dollar section of Michigan Street has transformed the heart of downtown Grand Rapids into a world-class health care destination. It is home to the area's premier clinical, research, and academic institutions, including Spectrum Health Medical Center, consisting of the Meijer Heart Center, Van Andel Research Institute, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine - Secchia Center, Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences - Grand Valley State University, Lemmon-Holton Cancer Pavilion, and Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.
Other top-flight health care facilities in the area include Metro Health Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital and Holland Hospital.
Download a brochure of all 57 Reasons to Love West Michigan (pdf). This information has been provided by The Right Place.