Lakeland Health Breaks Ground on $160 Million Medical Pavilion Expansion
Oct 20, 2016 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – A groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday for the $160 million medical facility expansion at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, located at 1234 Napier Avenue. A total of 260,000 square feet will be added to the hospital with an additional 70,000 square feet of renovation. Construction on the project will begin in March of 2017 with scheduled completion of the new pavilion in 2019 and completion of the renovations in 2020.

“This project is the culmination of our plan to expand our flagship facility, which has included the new bed tower, refurbishing many areas of the hospital, the parking garage, and now this medical and surgical addition,” said Dan Hopp, Chair, Lakeland Health Board of Directors. “I'd like to acknowledge and thank the many hospital and community leaders who have served Lakeland throughout the past generations.  Their wise decisions and stewardship have ensured the launch of such an ambitious project.”

“I am pleased to officially break ground our latest building project which will drastically change the way in which we provide quality, compassionate health care to our community,” said Loren B. Hamel, MD, President and CEO, Lakeland Health. “We’re building for the future, not only for our friends and neighbors who we serve, but also for the next generation of clinicians, the world-class talent that we want to attract.”

The project will be led by the architectural firm, SmithGroup JJR out of Chicago. Plans for the pavilion include five floors featuring 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.

“As the design process continues to unfolded, our team has quickly discovered the visionary aspirations of the leadership team at Lakeland Health, and together we will embrace the opportunity to truly transform the future of this organization,” said Coty Sandberg, Lead Architectural Designer, SmithGroup JJR. “Our team is honored to be part of this project and eager to bring to fruition a facility worthy of the community Lakeland serves.”

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