2017-06-01 / Front Page

Hospital Adds Clinic

By Debra Petkus


A canopy has been installed at the side of the new pharmacy, just in front of the emergency entrance at Mackinac Straits Health System. A video and tube system like those found at banks will be installed for patients to pick up their medicine at the drive-through. The pharmacy will have a door to the front of the hospital and open in June. A canopy has been installed at the side of the new pharmacy, just in front of the emergency entrance at Mackinac Straits Health System. A video and tube system like those found at banks will be installed for patients to pick up their medicine at the drive-through. The pharmacy will have a door to the front of the hospital and open in June. A pharmacy and four handicap parking spaces nearer the entrance will be among new additions to Mackinac Straits Health System at St. Ignace. The new Straits Area Pharmacy is nearing completion and slated for opening in early June. A separate clinic for visiting physicians in a modular building there on Rubin Drive, is planned to open Monday, June 5.

Work crews have been removing concrete and paving to accommodate the new handicap spots and are adding a sidewalk to the pharmacy’s front door. Most of the work is being done on weekends to minimize disruption for patients.


A new modular structure has been placed at the back of the hospital, beyond the Evergreen Living Center and next to the current medical records building. It will be the space that visiting specialists will see patients for the following specialties: dermatology, general surgery, obstetrics, podiatry, and neurology. Monday, June 5, is the first day slated for operation. A new modular structure has been placed at the back of the hospital, beyond the Evergreen Living Center and next to the current medical records building. It will be the space that visiting specialists will see patients for the following specialties: dermatology, general surgery, obstetrics, podiatry, and neurology. Monday, June 5, is the first day slated for operation. The drive-up pharmacy will feature a video screen and a tube, like those used at banks, to send prescriptions out to patients picking them up. A canopy for that has been installed on the same side of the building as the ambulance entrance.

Pharmacy hours are expected to include weekends and some evenings. The pharmacy will offer vitamins, health-related supplies, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medicine.

A new modular unit on the hospital property has been installed to house a visiting-specialist clinic. The temporary clinic is being erected on Rubin Drive next to the medical records building at the end of the rear parking lot. The clinic has six examining rooms and extra parking spots.

Practitioners seeing patients in the new space include specialists in dermatology, general surgery, obstetrics, podiatry, neurology, and urology that have previously seen patients in the hospital building.

Specialists in cardiology, gynecology, oncology, ophthalmology, and orthopedics will continue to see patients in the main hospital building.

The visiting-specialists clinic will allow for more efficient use of space and may open up other opportunities for other specialists to see patients in St. Ignace.

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