AEP Foundation Donates $375,000 to Lakeland Medical Center Pavilion
Jul 18, 2017 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – Indiana Michigan Power and Cook Plant, on behalf of the American Electric Power Foundation, announced Monday, July 17 a $375,000 grant pledged in support of the Lakeland Medical Center Pavilion. Funds will support a second location for the Lakeland Center for Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine, and a patient waiting area to be located on the second floor of the new Pavilion. Lakeland’s founding Wound Center is currently located in the Lakeland Medical Suites, Niles.

“Part of our mission at AEP is to develop innovative solutions that power communities and improve lives,” said Shane Lies, Site Vice President, Cook Nuclear Plant, Indiana Michigan Power. “That makes us a perfect match to fund Lakeland’s new Wound Center. This is truly the beginning of a new and brighter future for our customers and communities.”

“AEP is in the business side-by-side with us of helping to save lives,” said Loren B. Hamel, MD, President & CEO. “The Wound Center and hyperbaric chamber will help care for some of the sickest patients among us, not only to save lives, but also to save limbs, which is a really special thing to us. Investing in health care is not just investing in today, it’s investing in a generation, and we are very grateful for the donation here today.”

The Wound Center specializes in the treatment of patients with wounds as a result of diabetes, circulatory issues, or trauma. The St. Joseph location will feature the same state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen chambers currently located in Niles which deliver high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream and assists in healing wounds, stimulating the growth of new blood vessels, improving circulation, and helping to fight certain types of infections.

To date, community members have donated more than $4.8 million in support of the Pavilion which is slated for completion in 2020. For continued updates on the project, including architectural animations, visit To learn more about how you can support the project, contact the Lakeland Health Foundations at (269) 927-5143 or visit

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