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

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.
  • Wear light-colored protective clothing.
  • 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.

Scott Spencer Joins BIRHC Team…ASAP!
BIRHC Announces New Nurse Practitioner

Scott Spencer, of Traverse City, MI has been appointed as a Nurse Practitioner at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center effective March 4, 2022.

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center announces that Scott Spencer, a Family Nurse Practitioner, has joined the Center’s medical team.

Scott Spencer earned his dual Board Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner from Vanderbilt University. In addition, he holds Paramedic and Registered Nurse credentials.

“I am very excited to have Scott Spencer join us at the clinic,” said Dr. John Martin, “He brings an incredible array of skills and training and will be a great asset to the Island and the clinic.”

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A native Northern Michigander, Scott enjoys, “all that this Up North paradise has to offer...including jogging, water sports, hiking, pickleball, skiing, snowmobiling, and relaxing” …especially with his ‘Bernedoodle’ buddy Glen, who is always up for a romp, no matter whether it’s snow, sand, mud, or water.

Ann Partridge, Managing Director of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center said, "We are extremely pleased to have attracted an individual of Scott's caliber to the Island. He has outstanding credentials, significant work experience as both a Registered Nurse and Paramedic and shows exceptional
promise. He is a great addition to our medical team."

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Beaver Island and excited to join this amazing community,” shared Scott.

Leslie Visser, a member of the search committee and the Center's Board of Directors, noted, "Scott brings the latest updates in education and experience to our Island healthcare.” She added, “We are excited to have his perspective to strengthen our services and operations.”

Scott Spencer earned his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University (Psychology) and received his Associates Degree in Nursing from Northeast Michigan College. He was previously
employed as a Registered Nurse with Munson Medical Center and as a Paramedic with North Flight Emergency Medical Services, and the Life Ambulance Company. In addition, Scott Spencer is a United States Soccer Federation Certified Referee and Michigan High School Athletic Association Referee.

In mid-Spring the Beaver Island Rural Health Center will provide an opportunity for the Community to ‘Meet and Greet’ Scott Spencer.

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is a non-profit organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

HEALTH CENTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPOINTS NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR

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.”

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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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS VACANCIES ANNOUNCEMENT

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.

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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 island'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: ann@biruralhealth.org (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 8, 2022. Emailed applications must be received by midnight February 8, 2022

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

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

Career Opportunities

Seasonal/Temporary employment opportunity available for the 2022 Summer Season. Applications are due by 5:00pm, Monday, May 16, 2022. For questions or more information, please call Ann at 231-448-2275
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Board Meeting

BEAVER ISLAND RURAL HEALTH CENTER
Board of Directors
PUBLIC NOTICE OF WORKING SESSION
May 19, 2022 at 4:00pm
BIRHC Audit 2021 Presentation from
Auditor Mark Lockwitz of Maner Costerisan will be held at the
Beaver Island Historical Society
Print Shop Museum
26275 Main Street
Beaver Island, MI 49782
For more info call 231-448-2275

Announcements

Covid-19 Testing, Reporting & Treating
Tick Season Precautions
Scott Spenser Joins BIRHC
Ann Partridge is New Managing Director
Board Member Vacancy

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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