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Spectrum Health and Lakeland Health to become affiliates in October

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Spectrum Health and Lakeland Health to become affiliates in October. (WWMT/File Courtesy Spectrum Health)

Two health care providers are joining forces to improve the quality of care in West Michigan.

The Board of Directors at Spectrum Health and Lakeland Health announced they plan to become affiliates with each other.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Lakeland Health and admire their excellent clinical care, strong leadership team and commitment to the community,” Spectrum Health President and CEO Richard C. Breon said in a release. “Our board has spent the past year diligently focused on our growth and partnership strategy in the context of current and anticipated future trends in the industry, such as consumer-centric care and precision medicine. This integration brings benefits to both organizations in terms of improving affordability, quality and access. We are confident that with our aligned cultures and a shared focus on caring for our communities, we can achieve significant impact on health improvement.”

Under the plan Lakeland Health would become a division of Spectrum Health, but would keep its local Board of Directors.

Officials said the new partnership would help Spectrum expand and lower costs to patients.

The agreement is expected to be finalized in October.