Anthony Soave provides support for the new state-of-the art pavilion at St. John Hospital and Medical Center.
It isn’t often a building can upstage physicians and corporate leaders, but that is what the new Van Elslander Pavilion at St. John Hospital and Medical Center did at the Donor Preview prior to the pavilion opening. The pavilion has become the main entrance for the hospital. But that is just one component of the $163 million expansion program planned for the hospital. The W. Warren Shelden Heart and Circulatory Center and the Diagnostic Imaging Department are now open for business and over 100 new private patient rooms.
According to St. John’s President and CEO, David B. Stephens, the goal is to make the hospital a regional destination medical center. By sponsoring the pavilion, Anthony Soave is helping the medical center take a major step in that direction.
“Studies have shown that patients want private rooms,” he explained. “Our goal is to attract patients with not only outstanding staff, but facilities as well. They also want convenience and amenities, and we have incorporated many of not only their requests, but physicians’ requests as well, into the facility.”
If the reaction from guests at to preview gala is any indication, the hospital has met its goals.
“This is such an exciting event,” said Mary Ann Van Elslander, whose family’s foundation contributed the lead gift to the project. “God has been so good to us, and it is important for us to give back. This hospital means so much to so many people, and this building is absolutely beautiful,” she said.
Visitors continue to be struck by the non-hospital feel of the new front entrance which features a large covered arrival area and easy access to parking. Upon entering, the three-story glass atrium allows natural light to flood the lobby and waiting areas, providing an open and welcome feeling to patients and their families.
Nearly an entire floor of the new pavilion is taken up by the W. Warren Shelden Heart and Circulatory Center. Featuring 30 individual waiting rooms, the center allows the hospital to consolidate its cardiovascular services.
The new Diagnostic Imaging Center boasts updated digital imaging equipment, as well as two 64-slice CT scanners and a 16-slice scanner. Another 64-slice scanner will be located in the new emergency room currently under construction. The new area also consolidates the ultrasound, vascular lab and nuclear medicine departments.
The Van Elslander Pavilion is part of the largest expansion program in St. John’s 54-year history. A Capital Campaign Steering Committee, chaired by Grosse Pointe Farms resident James B. Nicholson, raised over $30 million.
“We are deeply grateful to everyone who helped make this extraordinary facility a reality,” Nicholson said. “It was an enormous effort and the support of our community was remarkable.”
In addition to the Van Elslander Family Foundation, other donors recognized at the preview were the John A. and Marlene L. Boll Foundation, the Shelden family, the Manoogian Foundation, Anthony Soave and family, Gretchen C. Valade and Jane and Robert Nugent, as well as the Kresge Foundation, Emergency Medicine Specialists and the St. John Hospital Guild.
About Anthony Soave and Soave Enterprises
Anthony Soave believes strongly in giving back to the community and in addition to his own private contributions and service, he encourages employees at Soave Enterprises to seek out ways to support the local community. By sponsoring programs and events that are near and dear to the employees, each division at Soave Enterprises is able to contribute to their local community in a very personal, effective manner.
Soave Enterprises is a diversified management and investment company founded by Detroit businessman Anthony Soave. It provides strategic planning, financial and other management resources to its affiliated business ventures in the real estate, automotive retailing, beer distribution, scrap metal, industrial services and transportation industries, among others.
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