Message from the President - Spring 2017

The Next Generation of Caregivers

As our population continues to grow, and grow older, the need for physicians has increased. As a result many communities across the nation are experiencing significant doctor shortages—but that's not the case in southwest Michigan.

Last year alone, 21 new physicians (MDs and DOs) and 31 advanced practitioners, including physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwives joined our medical staff. This is in large part because, over a decade ago, Lakeland made a commitment to recruit and retain elite, next generation physicians and surgeons.

Not only are we focused on attracting the next generation of medical professionals, we are also honored to play a role in training them.

Beginning in 2010, Lakeland began serving as a base hospital for medical students completing their clinical training rotations through a partnership with the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. In July of 2011, the program welcomed three internal medicine and six emergency medicine residents who would be with us for the next three years.

Since then, 37 physicians have completed their residencies at Lakeland Health and we are currently training 61. Of those, 18 have chosen to continue practicing medicine in southwest Michigan after graduation.

As residents began relocating to Lakeland it provided us with a unique opportunity to transform the former site of the Lakeland Continuing Care Center in St. Joseph into a modern residential community, Lookout Point, which opened its doors in June 2016.

Another significant accomplishment last year was the accreditation of our emergency medicine residency program by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). As one of only five programs in the nation, we now have the opportunity to train both allopathic physicians (MD) and osteopathic physicians (DO).

Most recently, the Lakeland Board of Directors made the decision to once again invest in our facilities through the creation of a 260,000 square foot Pavilion at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. The new Pavilion is a medical facility for the future, not only for the patients we serve, but also for the next generation of caregivers.

As you can see, we are honored to play a critical role in shaping future doctors and the future of health care in our region. In the years to come you can continue to expect the very best talent, knowledge, and clinical care from our enhanced physician team.

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