Nelson County Health System will reopen the health care clinic, located adjacent to U.S. Highway 2, where Dr. N. Boyd Hagen practiced for decades. Hagen retired in September after practicing in Nelson County for more than 40 years.
The MCMC will open Tuesday, Feb. 2.
Michigan Job Development Authority remodeled the clinic building, which formerly was a car dealership, several years ago before Hagen moved in. The clinic includes two examination rooms, a laboratory and an injection room. Altru Health System in Grand Forks is the clinic’s tertiary referral hospital.
Hagen told Steve Forde, Nelson County Health System CEO, several months ago that he was planning to retire, Forde said. Nelson County Health System, Nelson County’s only health care provider, is made up of a hospital, clinic and nursing home in McVille.
The clinic in McVille, which is the only other in Nelson County, is a distance of 21 miles.
After Hagen told Forde of his retirement plans, Forde, Hagen and members of the Michigan Job Development Authority met to discuss Nelson County Health System operating a clinic in the building.
“Access to medical care is critical for our population in Nelson County,” Forde said.
In addition to the clinic, Michigan Job Development Authority owns buildings that also include the Horse Shoe Saloon and Michigan Hometown Foods grocery store. The job development authority rents the three buildings at cost to the tenants.
“It’s an ongoing thing with JDA, to keep these businesses afloat,” said Rod Fisk, a member of the Michigan JDA board. While the organization could have searched for another tenant for the clinic building members, they chose to rent it to the Nelson County Health System because they believe it is important to have a health care facility in Michigan.
Nelson County Health System will be in the Michigan Community Medical Clinic, rent-free, for the first two years. An anonymous donor gave the JDA $11,000 to cover the rent for that time period.
The donor, who doesn’t want to be named, is “someone that wants to see the town succeed – the best supporter Michigan has ever had,” Fisk said. ”Anytime you need some funds or help, these people are there.”
Darlene Kelly, Nelson County Health System advanced registered nurse practitioner, and Dori Baesler, NCHS family nurse practitioner, will provide patient care at Michigan Community Medical Clinic, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lynette Smaage is the clinic’s nurse and Jill Trostad is clinic manager.
Forde hopes Hagen’s former patients will continue to get primary care at the Michigan clinic.
“We’re excited to be here in Michigan,” Forde said. “It will be exciting to provide services in the northern part of Nelson County. We couldn’t do it without the support of the Michigan community.”
For questions about Michigan Community Medical Clinic, phone (701) 259-2118.