Corewell Health Lakeland Hospital opens new pavilion expansion to the public

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ST. JOSEPH, Mich. – Lakeland Hospital, part of Corewell Health South, is showing off its new medical pavilion expansion.

It’s been a long process getting this project off the ground — all in an effort to provide a more comforting and modern healthcare experience to patients in Southwest Michigan.

The project’s inception began around ten years ago, though the official groundbreaking wouldn’t occur until 2016. Now, with $168 million invested — the hospital’s expansion has added 250,000 square feet to the facility, both above and below ground — and now it’s open to the public.

The new pavilion not only provides a welcoming entrance for patients, but it's also moving some of its healthcare services into new, modern spaces — as well as adding some new clinical services to the hospital.

This includes a short-stay medical unit, a short-stay surgical unit, a new chapel space, new workspaces and a healing garden.

Corewell Health South’s pharmacy is also moving into the hospital from their Clinical Outpatient Center on Hollywood Road, and it will be the only pharmacy in Berrien County to be open later than 8 p.m., and it will service patients every single day of the year.

“We believe this is a facility that will help provide great care for the next generation,” Dr. Hamel said. “It will also help us recruit caregivers —the next generation of doctors, nurses and other clinicians. We want to make sure that we have this facility in a shape that is good enough for another generation.”

There is still some work to be done before some of these services, such as the chapel and pharmacy, will be available to the public — but for now, the pavilion is open and ready to serve patients.

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