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Spectrum Health finalizes merger with 3-hospital system

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spectrum Health completed its merger with St. Joseph, Mich.-based Lakeland Health on Oct. 1.

Although Lakeland is now a division of Spectrum, it will continue to be governed by a local board of directors.

"Lakeland Health is an exceptional organization and we are thrilled they are part of Spectrum Health," said Tina Freese Decker, president and CEO of Spectrum. "I am inspired by the enormous possibilities that lie ahead for the team members and physicians at Lakeland as well as throughout our entire health system."

Lakeland, which will be renamed Spectrum Health Lakeland, includes three hospitals and has 4,000 employees.

"Healthcare is constantly changing, and even as we embrace those changes, what hasn't changed is our commitment to take great care of our friends and neighbors," said Loren B. Hamel, MD, president and CEO of Lakeland Health. "Being part of the Spectrum Health family is an exciting new chapter for us and will only enhance our efforts to fulfill that commitment."

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