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Health Center to Receive $1,000,000 to Increase Access to Health Care in Gwinn

Tuesday, May 10, 2016  
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GWINN, MI – Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) was awarded $1,000,000 to expand their site located in Gwinn, Michigan.  

This funding will be used to renovate the existing facility, the Gwinn Family Health Center, by adding an additional 2500 square feet in new construction and updating the current structure to facilitate modern health care delivery. 

Built in 1987, the current facility, is simply too small for UGL’s anticipated growth, said Elise Bur, UGL’s Administrative Director.  The proposed project is designed to create the space and functionality necessary to meet the demands of a modern health care center with a “team based” Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model.

The project will reduce congestion, improve patient flow, enhance provider productivity, allow for more hours of service, improve the exchange of information between patients and their health care team and eliminate space issues. It will also provide more individuals and families with access to health care by allowing UGL to add additional health care providers.

Health and Human Service Secretary, Sylvia M. Burwell announced the award as a part of $260 million in Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center funding awarded to 290 Health Centers throughout the country. 

“Health Centers are cornerstones of the communities they serve,” said Secretary Burwell.  “Today’s awards will empower Health Centers to build more capacity and provide needed health care to hundreds of thousands of additional individuals and their families.”

UGL is one of only ten Health Centers in Michigan to receive this award.  Each of the Michigan Health Centers were award $1,000,000 to expand their services. 

The construction project will be staged to allow Upper Great Lakes Gwinn Family Health Center to continue seeing patients during the expansion project.     

Media Contacts:
Iola Brubaker, Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center- Outreach Coordinator, 906.370.4075,

About Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center is your community based primary care center.  We are designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) dedicated to providing exceptional health care services for all people in the Upper Great Lakes region regardless of their ability to pay.


Our team of health care providers and support staff has adopted the model of practice known as the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). PCMH is a model of healthcare based on an ongoing, personal relationship between a patient, doctor and the patient's care team. Whatever the medical needs – primary or secondary, preventive care, acute care, chronic care, behavioral health, or end-of-life care – the patient has a medical "home"; a single, trusted doctor and care team, through which continuous, comprehensive and integrated care is provided. 



Source: Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center

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