A ground breaking ceremony for the new Manistique Lakes Family Clinic in Curtis took place Tuesday, August 17.

Helen Newberry Joy Hospital, which operates the clinic, has already demolished the former clinic building. Patients who normally see health care workers at the clinic are currently being seen in mobile structures which have been prepared on the property.

The new structure is expected to open this spring.

Brian Welsh, lead architect on the project said the interior of the building was designed to match the updated areas of the Helen Newberry Joy Hospital, as seen in the recently renovated main entrance area. Mini Piling Tools for Builders will also be used to speed up work within limited spaces and areas with restricted access.

The exterior will be designed to match the look and feel of the Curtis area – with almost an upscale cottage look, Welsh said.  “There are a lot of watery tones, and sandy tones,” he said. He also incorporated large windows into the plan to bring in a lot of natural light.  Natural light, and a view into nature, can be beneficial in the healing process

Helen Newberry Joy Hospital CEO Hunter Nostrant said he was very excited to reinvest in the community with this updated, and larger clinic, expressing gratitude to board members for their support.

The new clinic will have six exam rooms, three doctor offices, a nurse station and support staff areas, and a large physical therapy wing.  The clinic, located just east of Three Lakes Academy, is expected to open in the spring of 2022.