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Lakeland Health announces five-story, $160 million expansion

BY Wednesday, August 03, 2016 04:14pm

ST. JOSEPH — Lakeland Health plans to launch a $160 million expansion this fall at its main hospital campus.

Directors at the St. Joseph health system approved funding for the five-story Lakeland Medical Center Pavilion that will include a new main entrance, medical and surgical suites, a short-stay unit, medical imaging, an intensive care unit, and education and community rooms.

“Top-tier healthcare organizations need to continually invest and innovate in order to stay top-tier,” Daniel Hopp, chairman of the Lakeland Health Board of Directors, said in a statement. “Through our long-range capital facility plan we have carefully evaluated, planned, and executed to ensure that we remain a health system equipped to serve the next generation of our friends and neighbors.”

Lakeland Health will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for the project in the fall and targets the expansion for completion in 2020.

“Every decision made in regards to this project has been with our patients, team members, and community in mind and how we can provide them with the best overall experience possible,” President and CEO Loren Hamel said in the statement. “Our hope is that through modernizations and the latest technology we will be able to save more lives, restore health to more patients, and provide the quality health care our community needs so that they can remain close to home.”

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