Lakeland Health Care

Our History

The history of Lakeland HealthCare begins in 1907 with the inception of Mercy Hospital located in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Since that time mergers, consolidations and growth have taken place to create the Lakeland HealthCare system we know today.

Please take a moment to watch a short video on the great history of Lakeland HealthCare.

Below is an overview of the growth of Lakeland HealthCare:

  • 1907 Mercy Hospital opens in Benton Harbor
  • 1951 Memorial Hospital opens in St. Joseph
  • 1977 Merger of Mercy and Memorial creating Mercy-Memorial Medical Center
  • 1986 Conversion of Mercy Hospital to Clinic Facilities
  • 1992 Mercy-Memorial merges with Pawating Hospital in Niles, Michigan, forming Lakeland Regional Health System
  • 1994 Lakeland Health System Merges with Berrien General Hospital, Berrien Center Michigan

Lakeland's history has created the financially strong institution it is today. We are a not-for-profit, community-owned system of care serving Southwest Michigan - Berrien, Cass and VanBuren counties. In 2002, Lakeland built a state-of-the-art outpatient center in St. Joseph. Lakeland's present day health system consists of the following primary facilities:

  • Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph
  • Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles
  • Lakeland Specialty Hospital, Berrien Springs
  • Lakeland Continuing Care Center, St. Joseph
  • Lakeland Center for Outpatient Services, St. Joseph
  • Longmeadow Medical Suites, Niles

Our system includes over 300 physicians offering a wide range of specialties, 360 short-term acute care beds, a Heart Center, a Cancer Care Center, two outpatient Dialysis Centers, and Orthopedic services including a total joint camp.

In addition, our community benefits from services such as health, safety, wellness and prevention events and various instructional courses.

We are proud of our growth and success which has allowed us to offer our community the highest quality health care available.

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