New Health Clinic to Impact Thousands in Mason County

“Healthcare costs are out of control. They’re a large portion of our employee costs and we’re trying to reduce that,” Great Lakes Castings President and CEO Rob Killips said.

Many are excited about a new clinic in Northern Michigan — that aims to offer cheaper care to certain people.

Flora Craft, Great Lakes Castings, Metalworks, Western Land Services and Whitehall Ind. worked together to open the new clinic. The United Way of Mason County and the Pennies from Heaven Foundation were also involved.

It will provide care to employees of those companies and their families. The new “Learn Wellness Center” is in Ludington in Mason County.

“Very convenient. It’s right around the corner from our offices,” Great Lakes Human Resources Generalist

A new health center — dedicated to the people who work for five Mason County companies.

The employees are excited about what it can offer them. For Brandi Verheek, it equals time and gas money.

“I currently drive from Manistee, and I have a primary care physician in Manistee, which I’m very happy with,” Verheek said. “However, to get hours outside of 5 o’ clock, I don’t make it back into town by 5 o’ clock.”

The clinic is inside All Access-Care in Ludington. It has no copays and no fees for lab tests.

“I have to have some lab tests done so I can bring those labs. The lab orders here to this clinic and they can draw do the lab draw there, and I can be on my way really quickly.”

The clinic is open from 11 to 7.

So employees and their families will have somewhere to go after typical business hours.

“We are an eight to five company, and sometimes it’s really hard to get ourselves or our kids or our family members into the clinic or their doctor’s office,” Western Land Services Human Resources and Benefits Coordinator Meaghan Greene said.

The services are centered on primary care.

“This is an opportunity for them to get services that they may not be getting now. Not everyone in our company has a primary healthcare physician. This allows them someplace to go on a regular basis,” Killips said.

There are about 1,000 employees in the five companies combined. Add in spouses and children, and the clinic could impact thousands more.

“This is trying to make sure our employees aren’t having to run to the emergency room because we don’t have a clinic here that’s got a wide variety of hours or can meet people in the middle of the night if need be.”