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Lake Superior Community Health Center preps new clinic for opening

The space at 2222 E. Fifth St., a former grocery store, was designed for growth.

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Lake Superior Community Health Center staff prepare the new clinic at 2222 E. Fifth St. in Superior, Wis., on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. The building, which has a larger footprint than the current clinic, is expected to open to patients Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — Lake Superior Community Health Center will open for patient care at its new Superior facility, 2222 E. Fifth St., on Thursday, Feb. 3.

The move signals the end of a three-year journey to create a new space in Superior.

Lake Superior Community Health Center could move its Superior practice to the new location by January 2022.

“Our current location on Tower Avenue has served us incredibly well over the years, but we just ran out of room,” said Jessie Peterson, chief executive officer.

The clinic’s footprint will increase from 18,000 to 25,500 square feet, making workflows more efficient and allowing for expanded services in key areas like dental care, she said.

“We planned the building with the intent of growth,” Peterson said.

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It will also bring all Superior services — medical care, dental care, behavioral health and outpatient substance abuse services — under one roof and allow for regular outpatient substance abuse groups to meet. Peterson said future plans include the addition of chiropractic services.

“We currently offer chiropractic in Duluth, and it has been just a wonderful success, and really well accepted for our patients,” Peterson.

The clinic is located in the former East End Super One Foods building, which has been vacant since 2014. The construction project reflects a several million dollar investment in the community, Peterson said of the lease-to-own property.

The center, with clinics in Duluth and Superior, has expanded its offerings.

The federally-qualified health center has clinics in Superior, Duluth and Carlton and employs a staff of about 120, Peterson said. Of those, about half work at the Superior site. A look at the website indicates more staff are being sought, from dental and medical assistants to referral coordinators and mental health therapists.

“Of course we need the professional, clinical staff, but in order to see more patients, it’s actually the support staff that are so critical,” Peterson said.

Lake Superior Community Health Center facilities in Duluth and Carlton will continue to offer the same services.

“We’re just making this investment over here in Superior,” she said.

Patients have been informed of the move via letters and maps. Care coordinators will be calling patients with upcoming appointments to ensure they know of the new location.

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“We’re doing everything that we can to make sure our patients know how to find us,” Peterson said.

She’s eager to welcome staff and patients to the new space, which is on a main bus line and nestled in the city’s East End community.

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Lake Superior Community Health Center's new clinic at 2222 E. Fifth St. in Superior, Wis., is pictured on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. The building is expected to open to patients on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram

An open house will be planned in the future when the weather is better. The big message, Peterson said, it that starting Feb. 3, the new clinic will be open for business.

“And that it is a place where we want everyone to come in, whether you’ve been a patient for life, or whether you’ve never heard of us or you’ve heard of us, but don’t quite know what services we offer, we just really want people to feel welcome to come in to check us out," Peterson said.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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