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Beaver Island Rural Heath Center

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Non-Emergency 231-448-2275

37304 Kings Highway – Directions

We are open Monday thru Friday 8:30 AM – 5 PM by appointment
24 hour urgent care available

Holidays Hours – The Health Center is closed on the following holidays:

New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, Day Before or Day After Christmas, Christmas Day


The Board of Directors of the island’s Rural Health Center have approved the appointment of Ann Partridge as the Center’s new Managing Director. Partridge was selected after a national search and will begin her new appointment immediately.

Partridge is the third managing director of the Center. She is responsible for a budget of just under $1,000,000 and works with a mix of administrative, dental, and medical professionals. In addition to overseeing Center operations she is the spokesperson for the Center. The Island’s Rural Health Center provides primary care and preventive health services (medical and dental) for the residents of the island’s two townships.

“The Search Committee made an excellent recommendation,” said Frank D’Andraia, President of the Board of Directors. He added, “I’m delighted that Ann Patridge has accepted this critical leadership position as Managing Director of the Center. Her solid record in administration and service and her longstanding commitment to the Island make her an ideal choice to lead the Health Center.”


Ann Patridge, whose hire comes on the heels of a six months-long search led by the late Kate Leese, the former Board Treasurer who died in a November plane crash along with her husband Adam Kendall. In addition to Leese, the other members of the search committee included the Center's Dr. John Martin, Board member Cody Randall, and former Board member Maura Turner. Partridge came to the Center after working for the Commission on Aging and the BIC center.

“It is such an honor to be appointed managing director,” said Partridge. “I look forward to continuing my association with the Center's incredibly talented team to deliver rigorous, professional, and trustworthy health care.”

Ann Partridge is a native Michigander and grew up in the Grand Rapids area. She has been an island resident for over 15 years and a property owner for 24 years. Ann Partridge resides in Peaine Township.


The Beaver Island Rural Health Center invites applications and nominations to serve on its Board of Directors.

The nine member Board seeks to fill two at large positions. Board terms are three years and directors are not compensated. Generally, the BIRHC Board meets, at a minimum, four times annually. Directors are expected to attend most of the meetings either in person or via audio/video conferencing.


Candidates should be team players who will champion the cause of the Health Center and be willing to contribute their time and talents to Board activities. Year round and seasonal residents are encouraged to apply.

Board members are not required to have a medical background but preferably can contribute expertise, guidance, and dedication in areas that strengthen the Is;land's Health Center's ability and capacity to pursue its mission.

The Board is responsible for overseeing the fulfillment of the organization's mission, strategic planning, financial oversight, fundraising and contributing to organizational growth through dedicated committee and team work.

To apply.please send a letter which states your interest and provides the Selection Committee a little about yourself. Letters may be emailed to the attention of Ann Partridge: (place "Board Application" in your "Subject" line) or mailed to Ms. Partridge c/o the Rural Health Center Board of Directors Selection Committee, PO Box 146, Beaver Island, MI 49782. Mailed application letters must be received by Tuesday February 1, 2022. Emailed applications must be received by midnight February 1, 2022

More information about the Health Center operations and services, as well as the Board of Directors may be found on the BIRHC webpages:

The Selection Committee will begin reviewing applications and scheduling interviews in February. Should you have any questions regarding the application process, please email or phone: 231-448-2275


After nearly four decades of service to Beaver Island residents, Dr. Edward E. Newcomb retired as the Health Center’s Medical Director on December 31, 2021. Newcomb joined the Center’s medical team in 1985. During his tenure with the Center Dr. Newcomb practiced his specialty, family medicine.

During the past ten years Dr. Newcomb has been working closely with Dr. Daniel M. Mann to address the medical needs of Beaver Island residents. Doctors Mann and Newcomb are graduates of the Wayne State University School of Medicine. This January Dr. Mann stepped up to replace Dr. Newcomb as the Center’s Medical Director and will now visit the Health Center twice monthly.


“Dr. Newcomb has been a big factor in the success of the Health Center,” said Ann Partridge, Acting Managing Director of the Center. “He’s a great physician. He has successfully treated a variety of patients, some of whom had significant chronic ailments. His patients often expressed their gratitude for having such a skilled physician conveniently available here on the island. And Center staff will also miss his humor," she added, "for medical duties aren’t always cheerful and Dr. Newcomb has the ability to use his wit to take the negative out of medical work and turn it into something that will make people smile. We are grateful for his 37 years of service to our community both as a practicing physician and as Director of Medical Services at the Health Center. We wish Ed Newcomb all the best."

Dr. Newcomb is affiliated with many hospitals including McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital and the Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital. He and his wife Pamela are residents of Charlevoix Township.


We are overwhelmed by the generosity of so many individuals and businesses who contributed to our 2021 Year-End Campaign. Your support demonstrates your belief in our organization and a commitment to the work of the island’s Health Center.

With most of our event-based fundraisers canceled this year due to COVID, support was most definitely needed more than ever before to help us continue to support the many services and programs the Center provide to residents. We are so thankful for all the donations received and would like to give special recognition these very generous individuals and businesses below who helped make this campaign a tremendous success!

Career Opportunities

Nurse Practioner/Physicians Assistant

Board Meeting

Beaver Island Rural Health Center
Board of Directors Meeting
January 13, 2022 at 4:00pm
Meeting will be held at the
Beaver Island Community Center Auditorium
26215 Kings Hwy Beaver Island, MI 49782


Ann Partridge is New Managing Director
Board Member Vacancy
$3,000 grant from Elks
Joe Reed passes away

Support Beaver Island Rural Health Center

OUR MISSION: To provide high-quality, cost effective patient treatment and wellness services and to serve as a primary care facility to the Beaver Island community.

OUR VALUES: The Beaver Island Rural Health Center (BIRHC)

  • Believes that access to high quality-healthcare is a basic community need, regardless of a person’s ability to pay.
  • Adheres to practices that promote financial integrity and accountability.
  • Provides services with care, respect, and sensitivity for patient’s needs and seeks always to have the patient’s trust.
  • Is dedicated to and complies with medical best practices
  • Reflects in its board membership the Island’s diverse community

OUR VISION:  BIRHC accommodates expanding demand for medical services, including accredited emergency care, community education programs, prevention and wellness activities.  The Center is staffed by a team of family practice physicians, nurse practitioners, and technicians who provide primary care to most year round and seasonal residents.  Basic financial stability is secured by reliable local funding, growing state and federal funding, and community contributions and income from the Center’s endowment. The Center is highly networked with other Northern Michigan medical organizations –collaborating and sharing resources.  BIRHC professional administrative staff works in partnership with a dedicated Board and community leaders to make sure programs and services are aligned with community needs and resources.

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