The health clinic is holding a grand opening on Friday in Manistee

MANISTEE – Manistee has a new health center where people who are underinsured, uninsured, or on Medicaid can see a doctor for a nominal fee.

On Parkdale Avenue near Burger King, a large number of people could be seen on a small lot, celebrating the opening of the clinic run by Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc.

Among those present at the ribbon cutting were several local politicians, including State Senator Curt VanderWall, Chairman of the Manistee County Board of Commissioners Jeff Dontz and a representative from U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow’s office.

The clinic will provide behavioral health, mental health and traditional medicine services.

Lori Bell, director of operations for Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc., emphasized the importance of this clinic.

“The greatest importance of this clinic is finally being here in Manistee. To help the community, we see uninsured and underinsured patients. We have here mental health and primary care as well as community health workers to help with Medicaid insurance claims. We’re super excited to finally have our own building and be able to help this community. I’m from Manistee, so it’s close to my heart that we finally have this to help patients in this community. community,” Bell said.

Larry Van Sickle, chairman of the board of Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc., highlighted the clinic’s ability to serve low-income people and how that makes health care less difficult to obtain.

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“…It makes health care available to low-income people (and) is also available to those who have insurance. But they serve patients here with varying fees. So depending on your income, for 20 or $30, you can get a procedure…” Van Sickle said.

The primary provider at the Manistee Clinic is Faith Kelley, Family Nurse Practitioner. She spoke of her desire to serve the community.

“It’s a big deal. I’ve always wanted to work in primary care, (work in) rural health and I want to be able to provide access to the community around me to help provide access to primary care to the people in the community around here,” Kelley said.

Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit, federally licensed health center with locations in Manistee, Benzonia, Ludington, Traverse City, and Shelby. It also has a mobile clinic and two school clinics – one in Manistee at Manistee Middle High School at 525 12th St. and the other in Mason County at Mason County Central Middle School in Scottville.

The new Manistee Clinic is located at 148 W. Parkdale Ave. and is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The clinic has three patient exam rooms, a wheelchair-accessible ramp, and is open both in-person and telehealth. visits. However, it is not available for walk-ins; appointments can be made by calling during office hours. To make an appointment, call 231-398-2258.

More information about the clinic can be found on the organization’s website

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