Spectrum Health Lakeland

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Spectrum Health Lakeland
TypeNon-profit hospital
Year Founded1899
Service AreaSouthwest Michigan
Number of Employees3934[1]
Hospital TypeTeaching[2]
Affiliated UniversityMichigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Spectrum Health Lakeland is a nonprofit community-owned health system in southwest Michigan.[3] The health system comprises three hospitals, an outpatient surgery center, a regional cancer center, rehabilitation centers, two long-term care residences, home care and hospice services, and 34 affiliate physician practice locations. More than 470 primary and specialty care physicians and other licensed providers practice medicine at Lakeland Health, which makes the system Berrien County's largest employer.


For over a century, Spectrum Health Lakeland has served the community of southwest Michigan. Since its inception the health system has experienced mergers, consolidations, and growth.

  • 1899 - Mercy Hospital opens in Benton Harbor (building demolished beginning November 7, 2016)[4]
  • 1951 - Memorial Hospital opens in St. Joseph
  • 1977 - Memorial Hospital (St. Joseph) and Mercy Hospital (Benton Harbor) merge to form Mercy Memorial Hospital
  • 1992 - Pawating Hospital (Niles) merges with Mercy Memorial Hospital, forming Lakeland Regional Health System; Pawating Hospital becomes Lakeland Hospital, Niles
  • 1994 - Berrien General Hospital merges with Lakeland
  • 2002 - Center for Outpatient Services opens in Royalton Township, St. Joseph
  • 2009 - Inpatient addition opens at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph
  • 2010 - Southwestern Medical Clinic becomes a Lakeland HealthCare Affiliate; Community Hospital of Watervliet merges with Lakeland
  • 2011 - The Marie Yeager Cancer Center in Royalton Township opens; Hospice at Home becomes a Lakeland HealthCare Affiliate
  • 2012 - Lakeland Medical Suites, Niles opens to the public
  • 2013 - The new and expanded Emergency Department opens at Lakeland Hospital, Niles; Hanson Hospice Center opens to the public; Pine Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation opens to the public
  • 2015 - Lakeland HealthCare announces corporate name change to Lakeland Health[5]
  • 2015 - Lakeland Health joins Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network[6]
  • 2015 - Six Michigan health systems align to form integrated care network[7][8]
  • 2016 - Lakeland Board of Directors approve five-story, $160 million expansion to St. Joseph campus[9]
  • 2018 - Lakeland Health and Spectrum Health announce a possible merger to be determined by October 2018;[10] merger proceeded


Spectrum Health Lakeland provides both inpatient and outpatient medical services throughout southwest Michigan. Lakeland Hospital, Niles and Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph are two of 14 hospitals in Michigan accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, has recognized Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph and Lakeland Hospital, Niles with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.


  • Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph
  • Lakeland Hospital, Niles
  • Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet
  • The Lakeland Health Park, St. Joseph
  • The Hanson Care Park


In 2013, Lakeland Health, as it was known then, provided a total of $22.1 million[11] in community benefits to improve quality of life in southwest Michigan:

  • $15.5 million in financial assistance and subsidized care
  • $3.6 million in medical education
  • $2.7 million in community outreach and leadership
  • $.21 million in cash and in-kind donations


  • 2014 Advisory Board Engagement Award[12]
  • 2014 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient[13]
  • 2014 Governor’s Fitness Award Outstanding Healthy Workplace Diamond Level Winner[14]
  • 2014 Governor’s Award of Excellence for outstanding inpatient clinical achievement in the acute care hospital setting[15]
  • 2015 "100 Great Community Hospitals" by Becker's Hospital Review[16][17]
  • 2015 Most Wired List[18]
  • 2015 Patient Centric Imaging Award[19]
  • Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award[20]
  • Stage 7 by HIMSS Analytics[21]
  • U.S. News & World Report 2016 Best Hospitals List[22]
  • 2017 15 Top Health System by Truven Health Analytics[23]


  1. ^ 2015 Corporate Annual Report
  2. ^ Graduate Medical Education
  3. ^ Harvard Business Review: Innovation Starts with the Heart not the Head
  4. ^ Matuszak, John (November 8, 2016). "Mercy meets its end". The Herald-Palladium. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  5. ^ Herald Palladium: Name change for Lakeland
  6. ^ Moody on the Market - New Rehab Network for Lakeland Health
  7. ^ MiBiz: 6 Michigan health systems join care network to drive best practices
  8. ^ Allegiance Health: Six Michigan Health Systems Announce Formation of Clinically Integrated Network
  9. ^ MiBiz: West Michigan Business News and Information
  10. ^ "Spectrum Health eyes new merger". MLive.com. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  11. ^ 2014 Corporate Annual Report
  12. ^ Advisory Board: 2014 Engagement Award Winners
  13. ^ HIMSS: Lakeland HealthCare Selected as 2014 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient
  14. ^ Michigan Fitness Foundation: 62 Michigan Residents Named Governor’s Fitness Award Finalists
  15. ^ MPRO
  16. ^ Becker's Hospital Review: 100 great community hospitals | 2015
  17. ^ Moody on the Market: Lakeland Ranked Among Top 100 in U.S.
  18. ^ Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine 2015 Most Wired List[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ HealthImaging 2015 Patient Centric Imaging Awards
  20. ^ Healthgrades Overall Hospital Awards
  21. ^ HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Case Studies
  22. ^ U.S. News & World Report
  23. ^ Truven Health Analytics

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