Becoming One

Foundations Merge to Form Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation

Last year, Lakeland Health Foundations in Niles and Benton Harbor/St. Joseph and Community Hospital Foundation Watervliet, along with more than 60 board members, had a vision of becoming one united foundation. In May, a formal signing ceremony was held and the merger became official in June, now operating as Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation.

“Over the past year, our foundation leadership began evaluating whether becoming one foundation would help us operate more efficiently and continue our commitment to exemplary stewardship of community resources,” said Brandi Smith, vice president, philanthropy, Spectrum Health Lakeland. "Overall, the answer was a resounding yes. In the years to come, we look forward to fostering continued philanthropic support as one entity which is vital to our mission to enhance health and serve our community.”

“Spectrum Health Lakeland is working every day to deliver an integrated system of care that is accessible, affordable, and compassionate,” said Dana Wales, chair, Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation. “Moving to a single, integrated board was the right thing to do as we continue this great work.”

The new Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation board consists of 36 directors representing our entire service area in Southwest Michigan.

Dana Wales Shane Shidler Lisa Kuehnle-2017 Lucas Brown
Dana Wales Shane Shidler Lisa Kuenle Luke Brown

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