Awards from respected, national organizations help Lakeland benchmark against a national stage and ensure that we are performing in the top tier of healthcare systems.  This means better outcomes for the patients we serve.

Over the past year, Lakeland was honored to receive the following recognition on the community, state, and national levels.

  • Spectrum Health Lakeland received a three-year full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. The NAPBC is a group of 20 national organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast.
  • The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Lakeland hospitals in Niles and St. Joseph with Chest Pain Center Accreditation for their demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain.
  • Lakeland Health was recognized with a Governor’s Award of Excellence on behalf of the organization’s work in four key areas including: diabetes management, heart health, adult immunizations, and lowering the risk of infections.
  • For the third year, Lakeland Health was named to the Most Wired™ list, released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. Most Wired hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth, and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information.
  • Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph was awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Primary Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. 
  • Van’s Medical Equipment of Lakeland, a durable home medical equipment company, achieved the Award of Accreditation from the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation. This accreditation is awarded to home medical equipment companies that demonstrate a high level of quality practices in their business operations and patient care techniques.

Top Honors

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Lakeland Named One of the Nation's 15 Top Health Systems 

Spectrum Health Lakeland was named the only hospital in Michigan and northern Indiana to be named to the nation’s 2019 15 Top Health Systems by IBM Watson Health™. The study spotlights the best-performing health systems in the U.S., based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data.

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Lakeland Named 100 Top Hospital 

IBM Watson Health™ today published its 2019 100 Top Hospitals® study naming Lakeland Medical Center and Lakeland Hospital Niles among the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. based on overall organizational performance. The federal government recognizes the two hospitals as a single entity; thus, the recognition applies to both hospitals. 

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Lakeland Recognized Nationally for Medical Excellence, Patient Experience

Lakeland Health has been named among the top 10 percent of the nation’s hospitals for medical excellence in cancer care, orthopedics, neurosciences, and general surgery by CareChex® — an information service of Quantros, Inc. Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet was also ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for patient satisfaction. 

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Spectrum Health Lakeland Earns Straight ‘A’s’ in Patient Safety 

All three hospitals at Spectrum Health Lakeland recently achieved straight ‘A’s’ in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade, ranking the organization among the safest hospitals in the United States.

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Lakeland Health Orthopedic Care Among Top 10 Percent in Nation

Lakeland hospitals in Niles and St. Joseph were recently named among the top 10 percent in the nation for overall orthopedic services (2017-2018) and are one of only seven hospitals in Michigan to receive the Healthgrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ for two years in a row (2017-2018). In addition, Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet was a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ and named among the top 10 percent in the nation for outstanding patient experience.

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Lakeland Health Named One of the Nation's 15 Top Health Systems 

Lakeland Health was recently named one of the nation’s 15 Top U.S. health systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson HealthTM business. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. Lakeland Health was also recognized as a Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospital in 2014.


Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph and Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles were named as being in the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

HIMSS Stage 7 Award

Lakeland Achieves Electronic Health Record Milestone
First in State of Michigan to be Recognized for Digital Excellence

Lakeland Earns Award for Electronic Health Record Implementation
The Davies Awards program promotes electronic health record-enabled improvement in patient. 
Lakeland is the first organization in Michigan to receive this honor.

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