EagleHerald/Wes Beyer

The new Aurora Health Center on 10th Street in Menominee.

MENOMINEE — The new Aurora Health Center has been open on 10th Street since August, making a little easier for Aurora patients to receive care.

Melanie Tiedt, who oversees the clinic, said the clinic held a virtual open house on the day of their opening, which is still viewable on the Chamber’s website. “That was something new and different that we had not done previously. Because of COVID, we wanted to maintain our promise that our patients were well cared for. We did not want to have an open house and bring in (vulnerable) members of our community and others, so that was a unique way to do that,” she said.

Tiedt said that as Aurora was evaluating where their needs were in preparing to open the clinic, they also wanted to support the community in which they serve. “We wanted to be sure that we were able to support them where they were. Our goal has always been to have a community clinic that met the needs of the patients that we serve.”

“Whenever you’re in a community where there is a neighboring site, you’re always evaluating what is the best way to manage our patients and to provide care in the communities that we serve. I think moving into Michigan has always been something that was on our radar as a potential,” Tiedt said.

Tiedt said one of the biggest draws to the clinic is the fact that patients are receiving care from others who live in and have a stake in the community. “Our physician lives within walking distance of the clinic. He understands the people, he understands the community and the culture of those he’s serving, and that’s important,” she said.

Other than that, she said the Menominee clinic is able to offer any of the other services offered at other clinics within their network. “Ultimately, it’s about making sure that we’re able to provide people better care than they can get anywhere else and having that access to quality care that’s convenient to them,” she said.

She said there are same-day appointments available at the clinic. “We always reserve time in our providers’ schedules so that if someone has a more immediate need, they’re able to be seen timely. We certainly want to make sure that everyone understands that we are doing the proper cleaning, wearing the proper PPE (personal protection equipment) and making sure our social distancing is such that patients aren’t interacting (directly) with others,” she said.

“It’s a valuable resource right in the community, and we’re so very pleased to be open in Menominee.”