Message from the President
Over the past year, you might have noticed a change in the Lakeland name, as we transitioned from
Lakeland HealthCare to simply Lakeland Health. I know what you might be thinking – what’s the big difference?
As it turns out, this updated name is about more than just dropping a few letters. It’s a whole new way of looking at
how we meet the needs of our friends and neighbors in southwest Michigan. No longer are we only treating an illness
or injury in the hospital setting. Today, we are just as focused on wellness and prevention initiatives that are designed
to keep you healthy – and out of the hospital in the first place.
You can see that idea at work in this annual report. In the last fiscal year, Lakeland invested more than $28 million in
community benefits to improve quality of life in our corner of Michigan. These benefits included
free classes and screenings, donations to other non-profit groups, and financial help for
those who are unable to pay for their own care – all which fulfill our mission of
enhancing health and serving our community.
One example is a new partnership Lakeland began this year with the Benton Harbor
Housing Commission to offer key wellness services to residents of Harbor Towers, an
apartment complex for the elderly and disabled in downtown Benton Harbor. Because
traveling to medical facilities was difficult for Harbor Towers residents, Lakeland
worked with the Benton Harbor Housing Commission to bring healthcare
professionals to their own wellness center on the facility’s first floor.
Services are also available to other local residents at certain times, which
benefits the surrounding area.
We continue to look for ways to care for our community outside the walls
of our hospitals – helping the elderly in local senior centers, advocating for
victims of sexual assault, connecting therapy dogs with area youth, and so
much more. Whether in the hospital, at your doctor’s office, or anywhere else
in the community, we are honored to meet your family’s health needs
in 2016 and beyond.
Download 2015 Lakeland Annual Report [PDF]