A $2.9-million expansion is officially underway in Niles following groundbreaking ceremonies today at the Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital there designed to expand heart and vascular services. Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital Niles, located at 31 N. St. Joseph Avenue, will see the creation of 3,760 square feet of new clinical space, including 10 state-of-the-art exam rooms. The project is part of an overall facility investment approaching $3-million, which also includes renovations to the hospital’s orthopedic and bariatric units.
Once construction is complete, the building that currently houses Lakeland Heart and Vascular, Niles, located at 61 N. St. Joseph Avenue, will be demolished to make room for additional parking. The project is expected to be completed in late summer 2021.
Ray Cruse, President of Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital Niles, says, “The decision to consolidate all heart and vascular services in one location within the hospital will help improve access and convenience for patients seeking cardiac care,” and notes, “The added clinical space will also allow the Niles cardiology group to increase patient volumes while providing a better overall patient experience.”
Dan Hopp, Chairman of the Spectrum Health Lakeland Board of Directors, says, “The Spectrum Health Lakeland board of directors has long held a vision for health care in Southwest Michigan to continuously advance clinical quality by investing in the best facilities, talented teams, and advanced services.” Hopp adds, “We are so pleased to continue that vision here in Niles and know this state-of-the-art expansion will dramatically enhance our services for orthopedic, bariatric, and cardiovascular patients.”
The project was made possible thanks to the generosity of several community donors, including the French family who have been part of the Niles community for more than 150 years.
Kim French, granddaughter of Joseph “Edward” French, who led French Paper Company for many years, says, “Our grandpa had a pacemaker for over 30 years and received amazing care from Spectrum Health Lakeland which allowed him to be in our lives for so long,” adding, “It’s very important to us to ensure that all families in the Niles community and beyond have access to high quality cardiac care for many years to come.”
The Edward F. and Irma Hunter Foundation has also offered to match every dollar contributed by community members up to $200,000. For more information about the project, or to donate, visit this link: http://spectrumhealthlakelandfoundation.org or call 269.927.5145