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      Aspirus Houghton Clinic officially opens

      Aspirus, Inc. President and CEO Matt Heywood (left) and Aspirus U.P. Regional CEO Chuck Nelson (right) cut the ribbon at the new clinic in Houghton

      The new 18,000-square-foot Aspirus Houghton Clinic was officially opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon showcasing an array of services offered under one roof.

      Aspirus U.P. Regional CEO Chuck Nelson said the clinic even offers services like orthopedics and cancer care, and most notably provides full-scale womenâ??s health services including mammography and ultrasounds.

      â??Space constraints really didnâ??t allow us to offer the full scope of services that we wanted to to accent that service for women in the community,â?? said Nelson. â??With this new clinic, weâ??re able to offer multiple opportunities for people to receive care, especially women in this setting.â??

      Seventeen patient exam rooms, two procedure rooms, and three outpatient therapy treatment rooms make up the clinic along with x-ray services, on-site lab work, and a pharmacy.

      Aspirus, Inc. President and CEO Matt Heywood said itâ??s a real benefit and more efficient to have everything in one building.

      â??With our weather, I think, as a patient, I would not want to be getting in and out of my car, going back and forth to various sites,â?? said Heywood. â??So, having everything under one roof and being able to walk around and get everything you need in one location, I think, is a great thing for here in the U.P.â??

      Heywood said the opening of the new Houghton clinic allows Aspirus to expand its services across the U.P. by collaborating with other hospitals in the Aspirus network.

      â??For our services to be at the highest quality, you need to have the volume. You need to have the procedures and the experience for our physicians and staff,â?? he explained. â??So, being able to have four sites that we can share our service across, I think, will keep a lot more in the communities locally than weâ??ve been able to in the past.â??

      State Representative of the 110th District Scott Dianda was at the ribbon cutting ceremony as well and said aside from a variety of services offered within the clinic, it offers another healthcare option for the community to utilize.

      â??Thereâ??s a great economic impact that happens when we get more choice and more people being able to look at relocating to our area,â?? said Dianda. â??They want to have a lot of choices around them for great healthcare, and this is a wonderful example.â??

      Nelson said itâ??s an example of commitment to the community and said Aspirus plans to continue to invest in the U.P. in the years to come.

      â??We think it is the cornerstone of building the next level of care in this community, so weâ??re pretty excited about it,â?? he said. â??A lot of services are going to be offered here that we couldnâ??t do before just due to sheer space constraints, so a lot more offerings to the community in a very appropriate setting.â??