Lakeland Health Foundations Welcome New Leadership, Honor Legacy
May 2, 2017 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – Lakeland Health recently named Brandi Smith-Gordon as Vice President of Philanthropy and President, Lakeland Health Foundations. Prior to assuming this role, Smith-Gordon served as Director of Development, Lakeland Health Foundations. Smith-Gordon comes to Lakeland with 20 years of experience in development, journalism, television & film production and marketing. She is also working toward her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Michigan to be completed in May of 2018. Smith-Gordon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University.

“I consider it a tremendous privilege to serve Lakeland Health Foundations in a capacity which connects the community through their generosity to the mission of our health system,” said Smith-Gordon. “I intend to continue to build upon the strong philanthropic foundation that David Burghart and those before him have established.”

After seven years serving as Vice President of Philanthropy and President, Lakeland Health Foundations, David Burghart, CFRE, retired in April. In his time at Lakeland, Burghart oversaw the volunteer and chaplaincy programs and led the Foundations team to raise a total of $25 million for a number of different projects including: The Marie Yeager Cancer Center, expansions at the Niles and Watervliet Emergency Departments, the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center, da Vinci robotics in Niles, the new Niles Pathway, and the new Lakeland Medical Center Pavilion. In retirement, Burghart said he looks forward to consulting with hospitals across the country as they look to enhance their fundraising programs.

“It has been a privilege to lead the fundraising efforts of Lakeland Health Foundations for the past seven years,” said Burghart. “The good we have been able to accomplish is not the result of any particular person, but the result of the philanthropy of many.  A host of people have given from their heart and now the whole community benefits.  I can't think of a more noble cause to be affiliated with.”

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