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      Aspirus breaks ground on $5.4 million Houghton clinic

      In a ceremonious groundbreaking Monday afternoon, Aspirus officially announced the beginning construction of a new 18,000-square-foot clinic in Houghton off Razorback Drive. The $5.4 million clinic will house 19 exam rooms for primary and specialty care.

      Regional CEO of Aspirus, Chuck Nelson, said it will combine a multitude of services in one facility.

      ??You really create a one-stop shopping experience for the patient,?? said Nelson, ??so they don??t have to go to multi sites for different things that they may need in their health care needs and services. So, we can really accomplish a lot in one site.??

      The new clinic will include services like pediatrics and family medicine, oncology, orthopedics, lab work, and a pharmacy. Aspirus sought to strengthen their women??s program through the clinic as well.

      ??Mammography is going to be one of the biggest developments that we??re going to see in the clinic here so that it??s going to reduce your need to go to the hospital setting for those kind of services, as well as bone density is going to be able to be measured in the facility itself,?? Nelson explained.

      Wisconsin-based Miron Construction is heading up the project. Project superintendent and Copper Country native, John Griffin, said getting to work on a building that his family will get to utilize is that much more meaningful.

      ??I have family members working for Aspirus, and it??s just an honor,?? said Griffin. ??It??s just been a great, great deal to work in this area and be able to do a world-class clinic for them.??

      The project is expected to be completed and open for business at the end of May 2014. Nelson said Aspirus is looking forward to their continued service to the community.

      ??Taking advantage of the most innovative and creative ways to deliver care to our community all in one project,?? he said. ??So, we??re pretty excited about it.??