Groundbreaking set for Bellin’s Iron Mountain clinic


IRON MOUNTAIN – Invited guests of Bellin Health will break ground on Thursday, Oct. 27 to mark the beginning of construction of its new Iron Mountain-based clinic.

The ceremony, scheduled for 3:30 p.m., will take place at 440 Woodward Ave., the former site of Dickinson County Hospital and the future site of the $3 million, 18,300-square-foot Bellin Health Family Medical Center-Iron Mountain.

Bellin serves patients in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and across Northeast Wisconsin. Construction of a new clinic will enable the health system to begin consolidating some of its area clinic practices.

“This construction project illustrates our long-standing commitment to providing first-class health care to residents in the Iron Mountain and surrounding areas,” said Amy Dettman, vice president of Bellin Medical Group. “We are excited at the opportunity to offer area residents enhanced, affordable and conveniently-located health care services at a more spacious, but inviting state-of-the-art facility.”

In 2007, several long-term area physicians joined Bellin, a leader in primary care. That current team of physicians – Stephen Leonard, James Batti, Douglas L. Villa, Dennis Ziemba, Ellen VanLannen and Daniel McMahon – has played a pivotal role in guiding the clinic project and the ongoing effort to address the Iron Mountain community’s growing health care needs.

Upon completion of the clinic, several health care services will be available to area patients including telephone access to schedule appointments 24 hours a day, seven days a week; same day appointments; and a 24-hour community health line staffed by registered nurses who answer health-related questions and direct callers to appropriate care, as needed. The clinic also will feature the expertise of Dr. Alexander Judy, cardiologist Barbara Washington, and nurse practitioner Rebecca Larson.

Other enhanced services include patient health education for managing diabetes, smoking cessation and weight management programs, telemedicine and convenient access to specialty providers; and an expansion of laboratory and radiology services.

Bellin is in discussions with local health care partners to provide laboratory, X-ray and other potential ancillary services at the clinic.

“Our health system has a history of working cooperatively with local providers and keeping health care local,” Dettman said. “We plan to continue this well-established pattern with our Iron Mountain clinic as we help fill unmet health care needs within the local community and work to achieve our lofty, yet attainable vision of ensuring that the people in our region are the healthiest in the nation.”

The construction project will rely on local contractors and subcontractors for a majority of the build, as part of Bellin’s focus on “keeping it local,” Dettman said.

Construction on the clinic project is expected to be completed in spring of 2012.