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UPH unveils Cal clinic plan

CALUMET TOWNSHIP – Expanding service to an aging population and to low-income people is one of the goals of the UP Health System-Portage, and the creation of a new clinic in Calumet Township should help achieve that goal, according to Jeff Lang.

Lang, CEO of UP Health System-Portage (UPHSP), said the 12,080-square-feet facility will be located on U.S. 41 just north of the Sixth Street Extension in Calumet Township. It will be called UP Health System-Calumet. A house on the corner at the intersection will be demolished, and the new facility will include one third of the current Calumet Avenue Business Center, whose current tenants will be relocated to another part of the building. The estimated cost for the new facility is $7 million.

The new facility will include space for the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGLFHC), which CEO Donald Simila said will help them improve service development.

“The Calumet project is a special project,” Simila said. “It’s near and dear to all of our hearts.”

The UGLFHC has locations throughout the Copper Country and Upper Peninsula. The Sixth Street office in Calumet will relocate to the new building.

Simila said the new clinic will provide “totally integrated, wrap-around services for patients in a single location, with the emphasis being on prevention and primary health care.”