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    Generations of Copper Country families have counted on Portage Health to provide the highest level of care for them and their loved ones.

    Today, Portage Health is here for your family with 15 board-certified physicians and allied-health providers at four convenient locations. We’re proud of our team of family medicine providers. We’re proud to have them available for you and your family.

    Meet Our Providers 

    Portage Health’s 15 board-certified physicians and allied-health providers have the credentials, experience and passion to provide your family with the highest level of care possible. Our physicians have a variety of specialties, and are available at four convenient locations throughout the Copper Country. Meet them all, and find the right one for your family.

    Family Medicine Clinics

    Located in Hancock, Houghton, Lake Linden and Ontonagon, Portage Health is sure to have a family medicine clinic that is perfectly suited for your family. Each location has board-certified physicians and allied-health providers, the latest in imaging technology, convenient parking, and dedicated staff to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Learn more about our four locations.

    Request Appointment

    Call Portage Health to make an appointment with your family medicine provider. If you can’t get in with your usual provider, be sure to ask about making an appointment with one of our other 14 board-certified physicians and allied-health providers. Call now

  • Express Care

    While we’re proud of the team of family-medicine providers we have available to you, we’re also pleased to offer Express Care as a quick, cheap and convenient way to get the healthcare you need at the moment you need it. Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day this clinic can provide you with quality medical care for a variety of illnesses, aches and pains. See the Express Care webpage for a full list of services.

    Emergency Medicine

    Just like Portage Health was the first area hospital to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons, our emergency department was the first in the state to be verified as a Level 3 Trauma Center by the ACS. This verification means that even in the worst of situations, our staff will be prepared and provide you with the highest quality care possible.

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    • Community Flu Clinic to be hosted Sept. 28 at HCH

      Don’t let the flu bug get you or your family this flu season, join your local healthcare organizations on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Hancock Central High School and be amongst the first in the area to get the flu shot this year.Aspirus Keweenaw, Portage Health and the Western U.P. Health Department host the annual Community Flu Shot Clinic. 

    • Portage Health welcomes Dr. Todd Anderson to University Center

      Portage Health is pleased to announce that Dr. Todd Anderson has joined its team of family medicine providers.  Dr. Anderson is board certified in osteopathic family medicine, and will be providing a full spectrum of family medicine care at the newly renovated and expanded Portage Health University Center clinic.

    • Shifra joins family medicine staff in Ontonagon

      The Ontonagon Community Health Center recently welcomed Rebecca Shifra, FNP, to its staff of family-medicine providers. Shifra joins Dr. Gerald Takala at the clinic, which is co-operated by Portage Health and Marquette General Health System. “My goal is to get to know my patients and work with them to maximize their health,” Shifra said. ”I like working with patients to develop an individualized plan of preventative care to get the best results.”

    • Blake joins Portage Health

      HANCOCK – Portage Health is pleased to welcome Cynthia Blake, FNP BC, as the newest member of the Portage Health Medical Group staff.Blake joins Portage Health as a family nurse practitioner with more than 25 years nursing experience. She will

    • Portage Health scores above region, state and national averages in patient satisfaction

      Portage Health’s commitment to service excellence was rewarded in the most recent data from the HCAHPS survey, with the highest ratings in the Upper Peninsula.The HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) Survey is the first national, standardized, publicly reported survey of patients’ perspectives of hospital care. The survey collects answers to 10 questions from patients, and compares hospitals nationwide. Portage Health averaged 79.2 percent with best possible answers, which is considerably higher than U.P (70.5 percent) state (71.1 percent) and national (70.7 percent) averages. 

    • Portage Health in top 18 percent nationwide, according to The Joint Commission

      Portage Health was named one of the “2011 Top Performers on Key Quality Measures” by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. This recognition places Portage Health in the top 18 percent of hospitals nationwide. The Hancock-based hospital is one of only three hospitals in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to receive the honor and one of 13 statewide. Of those hospitals, Portage Health was one of nine in the state and the only in the U.P. to be recognized in multiple categories.

    • Portage Health earns “A” Grade from The Leapfrog Group

      Portage Health’s commitment to excellence was recognized with an “A” in the latest Hospital Safety Score grading by The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving the highest grade possible from a credible and neutral source is tremendously rewarding for us,” said Jim Bogan, president/CEO of Portage Health. “Our staff is committed to providing the best possible experience for our patients, and ratings like this validate our efforts.” The “A” ranking was awarded to 37 Michigan hospitals, including two others in the Upper Peninsula.

    • University Center expansion and renovation complete

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

    • Effort towards patient-centered medical home pays off with designation

      The effort of Portage Health over the past two years was rewarded this week as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan designated three Portage Health clinics as patient-centered medical home (PCMH) clinics.

    • Transition to electronic medical records completed

      Patient-centered care at Portage Health took a major step forward as Portage Health Medical Group upgraded to electronic medical records.

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500 Campus Drive
Hancock, MI 49930
(906) 483-1000


921 W. Sharon Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 483-1777

Express Care 


945 Ninth Street
Lake Linden, MI 49945
(906) 483-1030


751 S. Seventh Street
Ontonagon, MI 49953
(906) 884-4120


600 MacInnes Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 483-1860

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