Van’s Medical Equipment Returns to Independent Business, Ending Joint Venture With Lakeland

Recognizing that the ever-changing realm of healthcare and the medical equipment industry is evolving once again, the team at Van’s Medical Equipment and Spectrum Health Lakeland have arrived at the conclusion that Van’s can provide a greater value to the community at large as an independent business. As a result, the two have ended a 12-year long joint venture first established back in 2008.

Effective at the first of the year, last week, on January 1st,  Spectrum Health Lakeland and Van’s Medical Equipment ended the joint venture wherein the two organizations had partnered to provide a full line of home medical equipment for the Southwest Michigan community. Going forward, Van’s Medical Equipment will operate as a single business, independent, entity. All of their existing products and services will remain available including their main retail facility located at 323 W. Glenlord Road in St. Joseph.

Melinda Gruber, PhD, Vice President of Continued Care Services for Spectrum Health Lakeland, says, “With many recent changes to the medical equipment industry, regulations, and payment structures we realized both organizations can provide greater value to our community as separate community partners than as a joint venture,” and adds, “Going forward, we remain committed to ensuring our patients receive the highest quality care and medical equipment as they transition home from the hospital and will continue to work closely with Van’s Medical Equipment as a valued community partner.”

Tim Van Antwerp, owner of Van’s Medical Equipment of Lakeland says, “The Van Antwerp family made a commitment to meeting the healthcare needs of Southwest Michigan residents over 100 years ago and have long enjoyed our collaboration with Spectrum Health Lakeland.” He concludes, “We will continue our tradition of high-quality products and outstanding customer service that you have come to expect.”

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Van’s Medical Equipment specializes in a variety of home medical products including:

  • Hospital beds
  • Oxygen concentrators and portable oxygen
  • Nebulizers
  • Walkers
  • Wheelchairs
  • Lift chairs
  • Bath safety and more

For more information, you can call 269.927.8635 or visit online at: