Aspirus dream of Houghton clinic now a reality

An exciting chapter in the history of health care in the Keweenaw begins today. Ribbon cutting was held today for the Aspirus health care clinic in Houghton. A multi-service clinic has been a dream of Aspirus for some time with officials barely containing their excitement when ground breaking ceremonies were held last fall.

After months of construction, much of it during the harshest winter in recent memory, that dream became a reality today.

According to Aspirus’ press releases at the time of the groundbreaking, the 18,389-square-foot clinic represents a $5.4million dollar commitment to the area.

In addition to all other services supported, the facility contains 19 examination rooms dedicated to primary and specialty care.

Today’s ribbon cutting, coupled with this week’s announcement of the purchase of Northstar Health Systems in Iron River by Aspirus indicated the depth of the commitment of the Wausau, Wisconsin-based healthcare provider to the healthcare needs of the Upper Peninsula.

In the relatively short time Aspirus has been in the Copper Country, they have certainly shown a great deal of faith in the economic and social development in the region.

Their emergence as a major employer, has been viewed as good news for the area. And with today’s ribbon cutting we have no reason to expect more of the same.