Lakeland Gala Raises $125,000 in Support of New Pavilion
Nov 18, 2016 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – More than 340 southwest Michigan residents recently attended the annual Lakeland Health Foundations Gala, held at the Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College. Through sponsorships, ticket sales, a silent auction, and a raffle, the Gala raised $125,000 – the highest amount generated at a Foundations event to date – to benefit the 260,000 square foot Pavilion at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph which is slated for completion in 2020.

“Each year, the Lakeland Gala brings together community members from all walks of life who are passionate about making a difference in the health of the communities they live and work in,” said David Burghart, President of the Lakeland Health Foundations and Vice President of Philanthropy, Lakeland Health. “Through their generosity, we are one step closer to building a world-class medical facility right here in southwest Michigan.”

During an evening in “New York, New York” guests enjoyed fine dining, live entertainment, and dancing. Loren B. Hamel, MD, President and CEO of Lakeland Health, shared stories of patients, including Dan Bledsaw who credits the Heart Center staff and cardiothoracic surgeon, Samuel Durham, MD, for saving his life.

The Hanson Heart Center – recently named in recognition of Merlin and Carolyn Hanson’s philanthropic support – will be an integral part of the new Pavilion offering patients access to a multidisciplinary cardiac and vascular team, state-of-the-art procedure and treatment rooms, a cardiac rehabilitation area, as well as nuclear medicine and stress testing exam rooms. Plans for the Pavilion also include new state-of-the-art medical and surgical suites, a short stay unit, imaging centers, an intensive care unit, and education and community rooms. A new main entrance to the facility will focus on visitor amenities including areas designated for healthy living and additional outreach programs.

“We can provide great care in our existing facility, but if we really want the right experiences for our patients and providers, we have to continually invest,” said Dr. Hamel. “Our hope is that through modernizations and the latest technology we will be able to save more lives, restore health to more patients, and provide the quality health care our community needs so that they can remain close to home.”

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