Beaver Island Rural Health Center

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Beaver Island Rural Health Center

Emergency/Ambulance Call 911
(Important 911 Instructions Here)
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

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The Health Center’s is delighted to announce that Joan Matejovsky, FNP-C, a seasoned Nurse Practitioner who knows the island’s culture and Center’s service model has accepted an offer to rejoin the Health Center Medical Team as a Nurse Practitioner.  Ms Matejovsky begins work in August.

Joan Matejovsky earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix (AZ) and a Masters in Science in Nursing from Spring Arbor University (MI).  She has been an RN since 1988 and became a Nurse Practitioner in 2018.  Joan has worked in orthopedics and neurology and has 15 years of experience in emergency rooms and urgent care.  She is certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACL), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Basic Life Support.(BLS).  Her NP degree certification is from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).  Ms Matejovsky has extensive work history in a variety of medical facilities, including the Coldwater (MI) Community Hospital and Cameron (IN) Memorial Hospital and was previously employed by the Health Center in 2019/20.

Joan Matejovsky will be working with Scott Spencer, the Center’s other full time Nurse Practitioner.

Please join the Health Center’s search committee in expressing “one hundred thousand welcomes” to Joan Matejovsky.

Island Health Center Announces New Hires

The Beaver Island Rural Health Clinic is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicole Leigh Shepardson as the Center’s new Services Coordinator effective July 11, 2022.

Additionally the Health Center has announced the hiring of two seasonal (temporary) employees to assist the Center’s medical team during the busy summer season.  Natalie Cocagne, is the Seasonal (temporary) Services Coordinator at the Center.  Amanda McGee, is the Seasonal (temporary) Medical Assistant at the Center.

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Beaver Island Health Center Announces New Hires

The Beaver Island Rural Health Clinic is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicole Leigh Shepardson as the Center’s new Services Coordinator effective July 11, 2022.

After starting her medical career in 1998 at the Hope Network Rehabilitation Services in Grand Rapids, Nicole Shepardson worked her way up to Residential Supervisor of Ada House (rehabilitation). In 2018 she was selected to become the Patient Services Representative for the University of Michigan Health-West at the Grandville (MI) Health Center.

Ms Shepardson is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and is a Michigan native. She replaces Ann Partridge who was promoted to Managing Director of the Health Center in January of 2022.

Additionally the Health Center has announced the hiring of two seasonal (temporary) employees to assist the Center’s medical team during the busy summer season.

Natalie Cocagne, is the Seasonal (temporary) Services Coordinator at the Center. Ms. Cocagne is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree (Nursing).

Before moving to Beaver Island she was employed by Trinity Health of Grand Rapids as a Microbiology Assistant.

Amanda McGee, is the Seasonal (temporary) Medical Assistant at the Center. She is a graduate of Arizona State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Nursing) and an Associates Degree (Psychology) from Mesa Community College.

Amanda is credentialed by the states of Arizona and Michigan to be a practical nurse. Before moving to Beaver Island Ms McGee worked in the Trauma Center of the Owosso Hospital, Owosso, MI.

Beaver Island Rural Health Center
Covid-19 Testing, Reporting & Treating

The Beaver Island Community is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. The current guidelines from the CDC indicate people should mask after known exposure, avoid crowd situations, and test after five days. Anyone with symptoms should isolate and test immediately. It is important to keep in mind that there is no “one-size fits all” guideline. Each person/case has many variables including risks for serious illness and/or hospitalization as well as options for treatment.

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center has At-Home test kits available, as well as Point-of-Care tests administered at the Center. We ask anyone utilizing a Home Test to report the results to the Health Center by calling 231-448-2275 so we can include this valuable information in our community numbers. This will let people know the extent to which the virus is present on the Island and help them make appropriate decisions regarding social gatherings, etc.

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If you are experiencing symptoms, and test positive, you may be eligible for one of the oral anti-viral treatments available at the Health Center if you are at risk for moderate to severe illness. Call 231-448-2275 for more info or to be evaluated by a provider.

Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters is still the best way to prevent serious outcomes of COVID-19. Call the Health Center at 231-448-2275 to sign up for your booster as soon as you are eligible.

Be Prepared — Tick Season is Here!

  • Use a chemical repellent with DEET, permethrin or picaridin on exterior light-colored protective clothing only, not directly on skin.
  • Tuck pant legs into socks and secure other clothing openings.
  • Check yourself, your children, and your pets daily for ticks. Carefully remove any ticks with tweezers (or a special tool) by pulling gently straight out, do not twist.
  • Early removal is key. A tick needs to remain attached for 36 hours before Lyme disease can be transmitted through its saliva, so remove any ticks as quickly as you can.
  • See a health care provider immediately if the tick has burrowed into skin or if the head, mouthparts, or other tick remains cannot be removed. You may be prescribed a single dose of an antibiotic to help prevent Lyme disease.

Career Opportunities

Currently No Open Positions

Board Meeting

BEAVER ISLAND RURAL HEALTH CENTER
Board of Directors Special Scheduled Meeting
July 15, 2022 at 4:00pm
will be held at the
Peaine Township Hall
36825 Kings Hwy
Beaver Island, MI 49782

Announcements

New Hires
Covid-19 Testing, Reporting & Treating
Tick Season Precautions

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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