Borgess Medical Center is nationally recognized for specialty services in cardiovascular, pulmonary, orthopedic, bariatric, and stroke, among others.
Ascension Borgess Hospital is nationally recognized for specialty services in cardiovascular, pulmonary, orthopedic, bariatric, stroke, rehabilitation and spine care, among others. Ascension Borgess is also a major referral center regionally for emergency and trauma services; a behavioral health crisis center; the Diabetes and Endocrine Center; diagnostic services & radiology; sleep medicine; women’s health; the Birthing Center; and sports medicine. Borgess physicians offer primary care services at more than 120 locations.
Ascension Borgess is deeply involved with the community, supporting major community initiatives like the annual partnership with the YWCA and others for the Kalamazoo Cradle project; Ministry with Community; the Go Red! Luncheon; United Way; and more. Ascension Borgess also is the founding and lead sponsor of the annual Ascension Borgess Run for the Health of It, which draws more than a thousand runners for its 5K, 10K, half and full marathons. There is also a Kids Fun Run, a Fitness Walk and numerous other health-related family activities associated with the weekend in May. Partners include nearly every major organization in the region.
Ascension Borgess was founded in 1889 with a $5000 grant from Bishop Caspar Borgess, at the request of Monsignor Francis O’Brien, who founded the first hospital in the region when the Sisters of St. Joseph accepted his invitation to come take care of the sick. In 1889, Kalamazoo was a bustling center of 17,000 citizens with much to be proud of. But for those who became ill or wounded, the only options were traveling by train or buggy to Battle Creek, Grand Rapids or Detroit. The poor took care of themselves in whatever manner they could. Once the 11 nuns arrived from New York, everything changed. They started in a mansion. A young doctor, Homer Stryker, tinkered in the basement with ways to improve care for his orthopedic patients. Dr. William Upjohn and his three brothers moved to Kalamazoo to sell pills. Eventually, with the visionary leadership of Sister Eugene, the hospital evolved into Ascension Borgess Hospital, a collection of hospitals and ambulatory sites that is fully integrated into the community. The legacy began with spiritual as well as physical and emotional care, and that legacy continues today. The Ascension Borgess mission, vision and values puts the person at the center of care, with grateful acknowledgment of the role of family and loved ones in that care.