Lakeland Integrating With Spectrum

Lakeland Health has announced it’s integrating with Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health. Spectrum, which is the largest employer in west Michigan with 26,000 employees and 12 hospitals, will make the move with Lakeland official October 1. Lakeland, which has 4,000 employees and three hospitals, says the arrangement will have Lakeland as a division of Spectrum Health, retaining oversight by a local board of directors, local capital investment, and local charitable efforts. A press release from Lakeland says, “Both organizations see the value of coming together to focus on high quality care and improving the health of our communities.” Lakeland says it and Spectrum will be “pursuing a definitive agreement and due diligence over the next few months.”