Welcome to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, located on Beaver Island, Michigan.
News Release: BIRHC Progress on Obtaining Dental Care
At the 2/15/18 meeting, the Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board discussed the growing concern of access to dental care for island residents. The BIRHC Board is committed to finding a solution and updating residents on its efforts. The two initial challenges are to secure high-quality dental equipment and to find qualified clinical staff to provide oral health services for all residents.
The BIRHC Board is exploring many options and has engaged in initial conversations with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. The Health Department of Northwest Michigan promotes access to oral healthcare through a network of eight dental offices known as Dental Clinics North. The locations include East Jordan, Petoskey/Harbor Springs, and Mancelona, among others. Dental Clinics North caters to families with Medicaid, Healthy Michigan Plan, Dental Healthy Kids, MIChild, private insurance, and offers an income-based sliding fee scale for uninsured clients. Dental Clinics North offers services, including: oral exams, cleanings, fillings, fluoride treatment, sealants, pediatric dentistry, dentures, crowns, and other dental procedures.
The BIRHC Board is currently working with Patterson Dental, a large distributor of dental equipment, supplies, and technology, to understand our heeds to build an operational dental clinic. We have also had initial discussions with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan to explore opportunities to acquire donated dental equipment.
On behalf of the BIRHC Board, we recognize the need for access to dental care, and we're committed to finding a solution for our residents. Dental Clinics North's website is http://nwhealth.org/dcn.html. and their phone number is 1-877-321-7070 for residents interested in making appointments or learning more information. For residents who are visiting a provider in Charlevoix County, the Charlevoix Transit bus will provide transportation to and from appointments for a small fee, or free for seniors, provided they have 24-hr notice.
Donna Kubic, Managing Director
Beaver Island Rural Health Center
37304 Kings Highway
Beaver Island , MI 49782
Phone: (231) 448-2275
Fax: (231) 448-2348
For Emergency/Ambulance, dial 911
Career Opportunity Nurse Practitioner /Physician Assistant
Relocation and sign on bonus.
A unique opportunity to live and work on a beautiful island located 32 miles from Charlevoix, Michigan accessible by ferry and air service.
The position for a Family Nurse Practitioner
- - Collaborative practice with another NP in a new beautiful health clinic
- -Clinic hours, an eight hour shift, three days a week shared with another Nurse Practitioner
- -On-call coverage shared between the two nurse practitioners who work together on developing schedules (minimal amount of monthly calls)
- -An opportunity for a family nurse practitioner to know and treat patients of all ages, providing primary health care, managing chronic and acute problems and developing wellness programs
- -Provide emergency services in collaboration with the EMS
- -Collaborate with off-island physician on appropriateness of care
- -Benefit Package:
- -Rural Site Qualifies for student loan repayment
For Your Medical Needs
We are open Monday thru Friday by appointment, with 24 hour urgent care available.
You can call 231-448-2275 to set up an appointment or for more information.
2017 Flu Shots available – call 448-2275 for an appointment
What do I do if I have a medical emergency on Beaver Island?
If the emergency is life threatening, call 911. Remember to stay on the line, as there will be up to a 30 second delay. DO NOT HANG UP. If a 911 call is placed, EMS will respond to the scene. Depending on the situation, the patient will either be brought to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center via ambulance to be treated by the care provider on call or arrangements will be made to have the patient flown to one of the local hospitals.
If the need is urgent but not life threatening, call the Health Center at 448-2275.
The Health Center is open from 8:30 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday (Closed 12-1 PM for lunch). Urgent patients can be seen immediately during regular hours. If you call the Health Center when it is closed your call will be automatically forwarded to the cell phone of one of our two care providers. They are on call 24 hours a day and can meet you at the clinic within 20 minutes. After evaluation by the care providers, the patient will be treated at the clinic and released, the patient will be instructed to go to the ER on his own or EMS will be notified to evacuate the patient to the appropriate hospital.
For directions or map to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, go here.
2018- 2023 Strategic Plan Available Online
BIRHC 2016 Community Update
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Do you have high blood pressure?
There’s only one way to know, and that is to have it checked!
Stop by the Beaver Island Rural Health Center for a free blood pressure check.
High blood pressure adds to your heart’s workload and can damage your arteries and organs over time, according to the American Heart Association. People with high blood pressure are more likely to have a stroke, more likely to develop congestive heart failure and more likely to develop coronary heart disease, which can lead to a heart attack.
High blood pressure has no symptoms, which is why it is called the “silent killer.” High blood pressure can usually be controlled by diet, more exercise and medication.
While you are at the Health Center, check on other diagnostic tests that are available to residents of the Island. Women who are ages 40 through 64 may qualify for free mammograms and Pap tests.
The BIRHC mission is to provide high-quality, low-cost health care to all on the island, regardless of ability to pay. Contact Managing Director Donna Kubic at 448-2275 for more information about our sliding fee scale. Depending on your income and family size, you may qualify for a discount of up to 75% on services provided at the Health Center.
Remember, call us at 448-2275 for a free blood pressure check.