Bellin Health Escanaba Clinic to host groundbreaking

11/19/2010

Ceremony highlights plans to start construction of new facility

ESCANABA – Bellin Health will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 23, to mark the start of its project to build a new Escanaba-based clinic.

The ceremony, scheduled for 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., will take place at 600 S. Lincoln Road, the future site of the planned 18,000-square-foot Bellin Health Family Medical Center-Escanaba.

The day’s events will include refreshments and health-related activities. Event organizers also will offer free health screenings including blood pressure, heel scan and diabetes screenings among others. Children’s activities also will be offered.

Visitors also will be able to meet the clinic’s health care providers – Drs. Tangerine Dupuis, Elizabeth Wilson and Kimber Gauthier and physician assistants Sandy Kraemer-Keeker and Gloria Ryno – and members of the clinic’s care team.

Green Bay-based Bellin Health has served the people of Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for more than 100 years. In 2007, eight independent physicians from Iron Mountain, Kingsford and Norway joined the health system and became part of Bellin Medical Group.

Bellin’s goal has been to strengthen the level of health care services available to people living in the Upper Peninsula.

“This clinic project illustrates our long-standing commitment to providing first-class health care services to residents in the Escanaba and surrounding areas,” said Amy Dettman, vice president of Bellin Medical Group. “We are pleased to be able to continue to help enhance the quality of health care services offered in the Upper Peninsula.”

Several features will now 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.

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Bellin Health, www.bellin.org, is an integrated health care delivery system based in Green Bay. It has serviced people in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since 1908. It is comprised of Bellin Hospital, Bellin Psychiatric Center, 29 Bellin Health Family Medical Center primary care physician clinics, and several retail health clinics known as Bellin Health FastCare. Bellin also operates Bellin Health Partners, a physician-hospital organization with more than 230 specialty physician members, the Oconto Hospital & Medical Center, a critical care access hospital in Oconto, Bellin Fitness Center with four locations, and Bellin College. With its more than 3,000 employees, Bellin Health is known for its emphasis on preventive health care and is the region’s leader in cardiac, orthopedics, sports medicine, digestive health, mental health, and primary care medicine.