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      Northstar Health has new affiliation with Aspirus

      Northstar Health System in Iron River recently became affiliated with Aspirus, which is headquartered in Wausau, Wisconsin. The new affiliation will allow Northstar to access new resources and expand their services. On Wednesday, members of Aspirus came to Northstar for a tour of the facility and said they're looking forward to serving the western Upper Peninsula.

      ??One area that seemed to be ripe for affiliations was the U.P. because many of the hospitals up here were unaffiliated at the time,?? said Aspirus Senior Vice President of Regional Operations, Rick Nevers. ??That has changed and is changing rapidly as we speak.??

      ??I think people can expect to receive the same level of care that they have always received,?? said Northstar CEO, Connie Koutouzos. ??If anything, I think that what they're going to notice is that we're going to be able to expand our services here, and have the ability to do more things, and do things continuing into the future.??

      This is Aspirus' fourth hospital partner in the Upper Peninsula after affiliations in Ontonagon, Keweenaw, Laurium, and Ironwood.