Aspirus to open new clinic

HOUGHTON – Aspirus is constructing a new multi-service health care clinic in Houghton which will provide patients easier access to a variety of services in one location. The clinic will bring family medicine, pediatrics, oncology, orthopedics, women’s health, outpatient therapies, pharmacy, lab services and diagnostic imaging, including mammography, into one facility. Construction will begin later this month and the clinic will open in June 2014.

“We’re increasing the number of doctors and specialists under one roof to save patients time and energy going from one clinic to another for various procedures and tests,” Aspirus Keweenaw Medical Director Dr. Jerry Luoma said in an Aspirus news release. “We’re going to do more for the patient right here than most free-standing clinics around the country currently offer.”

The $5.4 million, 18,389-square-foot clinic will be located near Walmart and Country Inn and Suites. In addition to all of the other services supported, the facility will hold 19 exam rooms dedicated to primary and specialty care.

“While our current Medical Arts clinic has served the community for a number of years, it became apparent that we needed to expand our facility with the addition of services and physicians to our Houghton health care team,” Aspirus Keweenaw Chief Operating Officer Mike Hauswirth said. “The new construction design gives us the ability to work around the changing needs of the community. We are consolidating our clinic and therapy services, plus adding space to support the most-needed specialty services.”

Luoma said the new clinic gives Aspirus Keweenaw greater capacity for the Women’s Health program. Women will have comfortable, convenient access to routine screenings including breast and pelvic exams, bone density tests, lab work and other related services, all in one location.

Aspirus Keweenaw Chief Executive Officer Chuck Nelson said the new clinic represents the evolution of Aspirus Keweenaw and the entire Aspirus health care system in the Upper Peninsula.

“We are able to leverage the resources of the Aspirus system to develop facilities that are most appropriate for the communities we serve,” he said. “In all facets, we present the best opportunity for our patients to be treated in the best way, in the best facilities, in the best surroundings.”