The way people receive their health care is changing steadily. Through a new downtown facility, Spectrum Health is looking to stay ahead of the curve.

Last week, the Grand Rapids-based health system opened the doors at Strive, a primary care facility that blends the core tenets of a wellness center into its fabric. Housed on the ground floor of the Waters Center Building, 161 Ottawa Ave. NW, the 4,500-square-foot space includes four exam rooms, a wide-open lobby area and the atmosphere of a comfortable co-working space as opposed to the stiff, fluorescent washed grays typically associated with the doctor’s office.

“I hope when you walk in, you see it’s warm and inviting, feels like it has some energy to it because we want that space to be used by our members and we’re going to have classes out there,” Spectrum Health Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President Roger Jansen said. “That space is modular, we want to make sure that’s comfortable, something we can move around, but the big thing is we think one of the most personal relationships you can have is with the person who’s caring for you. So, the space should be conducive to making you feel comfortable and the clinician comfortable.”

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