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Message from the President

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Happy New Year!
By: Loren Hamel, MD - President & CEO, Lakeland Health
Jan 09, 2018

It’s a greeting that has been shared many times in the last week or two.

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Blessed to Give
By: Loren Hamel, MD -- President & CEO, Lakeland Health
Dec 20, 2017

It’s been said that it’s more blessed to give than to receive.

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Love Those Genes
By: Loren Hamel, MD - President & CEO, Lakeland Health
Dec 06, 2017

Six pounds three ounces. My wife Ann and I sat staring into her beautiful face, hoping to make eye contact.

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Perfect Smile
By: Loren Hamel, MD -- President & CEO, Lakeland Health
Nov 13, 2017

I met Melissa for the first time in the community room at Lakeland Hospital, Niles.

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It’s over. It begins.
By: Loren Hamel, MD - President & CEO, Lakeland Health
Oct 11, 2017

Another fiscal year has come to a close.

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A Loving Team
By: Loren Hamel, MD - President & CEO, Lakeland Health
Aug 23, 2017

Her headache just wouldn’t go away.

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Higher Aim
By: Loren Hamel, MD - President & CEO, Lakeland Health
Jul 25, 2017

Better health. Better health care. Lower cost.

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Sunshine
By: Loren Hamel, MD - President & CEO, Lakeland Health
Jul 11, 2017

It’s summer and it’s sunny. It’s hard not to feel grateful for blue skies and warm temperatures.

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Good Night
By: Loren Hamel, MD - President & CEO, Lakeland Health
Jun 06, 2017

How did you sleep last night?

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The Heart of Lakeland
By: Loren Hamel, MD - President and CEO, Lakeland Health
May 16, 2017

By now you should have received your new “badge backer.” It has a new message on it: “I’m the Heart of Lakeland.”

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We’ve Been Blessed
By: Loren Hamel, MD - President & CEO, Lakeland Health
Apr 25, 2017

He wasn’t our typical volunteer. He was younger than average. In fact, he had not completed high school. But he was a volunteer in our emergency room in the Medical Center in St. Joseph.

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Too early?
By: Loren Hamel, MD - President & CEO, Lakeland Health
Apr 11, 2017

It’s a common reaction. Most of us would rather put off “the discussion” as long as possible. But it’s not as difficult as most people think, and it’s easier now than it will be later.

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New Season
By: Loren Hamel, MD - President & CEO, Lakeland Health
Mar 28, 2017

Time passes. Things change. It’s as inevitable as the arrival of spring. So, what’s your reaction? Does this season make you wistful? Or, does it make you hopeful? Maybe it’s so predictable that you don’t even stop to think about it anymore.

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Behind the Awards
By: Loren Hamel, MD - President & CEO, Lakeland Health
Feb 28, 2017

So maybe it’s not exactly like Hollywood. There are no expensive gowns, tuxedos, paparazzi, and no political views.

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Enough Love?
By: Loren Hamel, MD - President & CEO, Lakeland Health
Feb 13, 2017

A lot of love will be shared this week. In fact, 150 million cards and more than 220 million roses will exchange hands. About six million Americans expect a marriage proposal on February 14.

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So Much with So Little
By: By: Loren Hamel, MD - President & CEO, Lakeland Health
Feb 01, 2017

The excitement in her voice was unmistakable. Her stories were almost unbelievable. Dr. Kim Stillman, a third-year emergency medicine resident at Lakeland, had just returned from Mattru Hospital in the West African country of Sierra Leone.

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A Life Saved
By: Loren Hamel, MD - President & CEO, Lakeland Health
Jan 17, 2017

The pain was excruciating. My brother-in-law, Lewis, lay in a crumpled heap, on the ground—he was going into shock. His gray roan horse, Smoke, was galloping back to her stable.

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Pardon our Dirt
By: Loren Hamel, MD - President & CEO, Lakeland Health
Jan 04, 2017

Perhaps you’ve seen the common “Pardon our Dust” sign—it’s often located near a facility where construction or renovation is taking place. Given what is happening to the Lab and Tower parking lots at the Medical Center in St. Joseph, that sign seems completely inadequate.

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Warm and Cozy
By: Loren Hamel, MD - President & CEO, Lakeland Health
Dec 21, 2016

​You saw the headlines early this week—record cold across the U.S., potentially one of the coldest holiday seasons ever. It makes me want to light a fire in my fireplace and watch the snow fall from the comfort of my warm home in the woods.

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Triple Aim, Triple Play
By: Loren Hamel, MD - President & CEO, Lakeland Health
Dec 06, 2016

What Ida wanted most was to be able to care for her family. She was only 45 years old and suffered from hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease, and congestive heart failure. Her diseases were taking a toll.

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