Aspirus opens new $8M medical clinic in Iron River
IRON RIVER — Aspirus Iron River Hospital officially took the wraps off its new $8 million clinic Thursday, roughly 10 months after it began construction on the 24,000-square-foot, two-story building.
The hospital had a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to show off the facilities that include physical and occupational therapy, redesigned patient rooms and spacious lobby overlooking Ice Lake.
The new facility combines existing Aspirus Iron River offices into one comprehensive site, hospital officials said. It will features primary and specialty medicine, from pediatric to geriatric care, women’s health, diabetes care, orthopedics, general surgery, imaging, lab and more.
“We couldn’t be more excited about bringing this impressive medical clinic to our community,” Aspirus Iron River CEO Connie Koutouzos said.
“Aspirus recognizes that the best future for us all is one in which the communities we serve are as healthy as they can be,” said Matt Heywood, president and CEO of Aspirus, Inc. “That’s one of many reasons why we continually invest in projects like this new Aspirus Iron River Clinic, where you can access the best physician care, specialists, imaging and rehab all in one convenient location close to home.”
In meetings with Aspirus leading up to starting work on the new building, discussions always centered on what was best for patients, said David G. Voss, CEO of Miron Construction Co, the main general contractor on the project.
“We’ve been working and building and constructing for Aspirus for over 15 years,” Voss said, “… and I’m here to tell you that Aspirus is number one because all they care about is us — you, me and the patient experience.”
The unveiling of the modern clinic provided the community with appetizers and a chance to win several prizes, including Fitbits, snowshoes and a paddleboard.
Aspirus provides jobs for 282 people in the area with more than $16 million in salaries and benefits. “This clinic showcases the investment and commitment that Aspirus brings to our community, not only to provide top-of-the-line health care but to improve our local economic vitality,” said Mark Tousignant, chair of the Aspirus Iron River Hospital Board of Directors.
Chuck Nelson, CEO of the Aspirus Upper Peninsula Region, said the new Iron River clinic is another great example of the health care provider’s commitment to the U.P. “In the past four years. Aspirus has invested in new emergency departments, intensive care units, hospitals and multi-service clinics across the Western U.P. to improve the health of our communities,” he said.