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HOUGHTON – After a year of construction, the Portage Health-University Center renovation and addition is complete.

Portage Health University Center Ribbon Cutting

Community representatives from Portage Health, Moyle Construction, Michigan Technological University and several contractors cut a ribbon during a ceremony on August 29, 2012 announcing the completion of the $4.2 million addition and renovation to the Portage Health-University Center location.

The number of exam and procedure rooms has doubled, the waiting room is more than double the size and offers a more comfortable experience, and the Apothecary has a modern look that allows patients easy access to pharmacists.

“The University Center has been a vital healthcare link for members of our community for more than a decade, and this update ensures that access to healthcare will remain unabated for many more,” said Jim Bogan, president and CEO of Portage Health.

Michigan Technological University students will be one of the largest beneficiaries of the update. Students will have easier access to medical professionals right where they spend most of their time.

“Michigan Tech is pleased that Portage Health has made improvements and expanded their health clinic on our campus to better serve students, faculty, staff and the community,” said Glenn Mroz, president of the university.

The total cost of the project is about $4.2 million. Construction included more than 75 local trades people, 700 cubic yards of concrete, 24,000 bricks, 280,000 pounds of structural steel, a new energy-efficient automated HVAC and lighting control systems, was completed ahead of schedule and, most importantly, involved zero injuries or safety violations.

“When Portage Health invests in a community, it keeps jobs here and keeps people busy, which is what we all need and appreciate,” said Tom Moyle, CEO of Moyle Construction, the lead contractor throughout the project. “I’m very proud of Portage Health, Michigan Tech and all the contractors involved for bringing this project to completion so seamlessly.”

The clinic and Apothecary are now open for regular business hours in the new space, including the Copper Country’s only drive-thru pharmacy. Learn more about the project by visiting portagehealth.org/universitycenter.

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