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Clinic to promote health care for low-income, senior residents

By KURT HAUGLIE

khauglie@mininggazette.com

CALUMET TOWNSHIP – Almost from the beginning of the partnership in 2013, when Tennessee-based LifePoint Hospitals acquired the hospital in Hancock now known as UP Health System-Portage (UPHSP) hospital, CEO Jeff Lang said there were discussions of improving access to health care for elderly and low-income patients.

“It’s something we’ve been looking at for years,” he said.

Lang said it is because of the partnership with the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGLFHC) that so many services will be able to be offered in the new location.

“This is unique and new,” he said.

UGLFHC offers several health care services beyond what traditional medical clinics have provided, CEO Donald Simila said. As an example, he noted the Calumet facility will also offer oral health care.

All services will be provided on a sliding scale based on family size and income.

Lang said services offered by the various current UPHSP and UGLFHC locations will remain. The services to be offered at the new clinic include lab work, X-rays, medical speciality services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and ultrasound.