On October 19, community members, government
officials, and Lakeland team members gathered with golden shovels in hand to break ground on the new
$160 million medical facility expansion located at
Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph.
Daniel Hopp, Chair, Lakeland Health Board of Directors,
addressed the crowd stating, “I’d like to acknowledge and thank the many hospital and community leaders who have served Lakeland throughout the past generations. Their wise decisions and stewardship have ensured the launch of such an ambitious project.”
The project is being led by SmithGroup JJR, an
architectural firm out of Chicago. A total of 260,000 square feet will be added to the hospital with an
additional 70,000 square feet of renovation. After
site preparations are complete, construction on the
project will begin in March with a completion date
slated for 2020.
“I am pleased to officially break ground on our latest building project which will drastically change the way
we provide quality, compassionate health care to our community,” said Loren B. Hamel, MD, President and CEO, Lakeland Health. “We’re building for the future, not only for our friends and neighbors we serve, but also for the next generation of clinicians, the world-class talent that we want to attract.”