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Agreement Will Bring New Behavioral Health Services to Southwest Michigan - Archived
(ST. JOSEPH) – Lakeland HealthCare and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center have entered into an agreement which will bring hope to those in our region suffering from the effects of substance abuse.

A memorandum of understanding between Lakeland HealthCare and Sacred Heart, a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Memphis, Mich., will allow for a 12-bed full acute detoxification unit and a 20-bed short-term residential unit for those recovering from addiction to drugs and alcohol to operate at the Lakeland Specialty Hospital facility in Berrien Center. The new services are expected to be available by this summer.

Grady Wilkinson, MSW, President of Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center, said “We have been so impressed with the Lakeland staff and the facility. We’re excited about working to support the strong grass roots efforts in this area to combat drug and alcohol abuse and its related problems.”

Sacred Heart’s mission is dedicated to assisting all people with behavioral health issues, including those with limited means, to improve their quality of life.

“We are very pleased with Sacred Heart’s experience and delighted with their commitment to bringing these much-needed services to our region,” said Loren B. Hamel, MD, President & CEO, Lakeland HealthCare. “We know the new services will be a blessing to those individuals, and their families, who have been impacted by the devastating effects of drug and alcohol addiction.”

About Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center
Sacred Heart began in 1967 as a non-denominational addiction treatment provider. Founded by a recovering priest as a street mission in the City of Detroit, they provided residential treatment for indigent males suffering from alcoholism following the model of Alcoholics Anonymous. Sacred Heart is now nationally accredited, comprehensive behavioral health service provider with 12 locations in eastern Michigan. Learn more at

About Lakeland HealthCare
Lakeland HealthCare is a non-profit, community-owned health system, which includes four hospitals, an outpatient surgery center, rehabilitation centers, long-term care, hospice, home care services, and physician practices. In 2013, Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph and Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles were named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® as ranked by Truven Health Analytics. Lakeland has over 4,000 employees who provide clinical and support services at locations throughout southwest Michigan, and partners with more than 400 affiliated physicians and other providers. For more information, visit

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