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      Northstar Health System in Iron River now affiliated with Aspirus

      Northstar Health System in Iron River is now formally affiliated with Aspirus headquartered in Wausau, Wisconsin.

      The official papers were signed this afternoon at the Northstar Health System hospital. This is the fourth Upper Peninsula Aspirus Affiliate after affiliations in Ontonagon, Keweenaw, Laurium, and Ironwood. According to the administration, the decision and affiliation has been a long time coming.

      "Having the U.P. with three hospitals already and adding another hospital will allow us to continue to build in Iron River the services that are offered and leverage those with our other community hospitals we have in the U.P.," says Aspirus CEO, Matthew Heywood.

      "The ability to grow services is particularly important in this health care climate right now," says Northstar CEO Connie Koutouzos.

      Administrators say the Northstar Health System name will remain the same for a while longer. The official affiliation start date is July 1.