2018-04-12 / News

Proceedings concerning state’s Health Specialists moving forward

By Tanya Terry
810-452-2645 • tterry@mihomepaper.com


The former Alternatives for Children and Families building is expected to be remodeled. The former Alternatives for Children and Families building is expected to be remodeled. BURTON — At the most recent Burton City Council meeting, the council voted to approve and authorize establishment of the commercial rehabilitation district to be located at 2065 South Center Road.

The site is expected to house a new location for Michigan Health Specialists. Burton resident, Francine Boone, spoke in favor of the district being established at a public hearing held earlier that day.

“I was in nursing 20 years,” Boone said. “I worked in a nursing home and a hospital. I had to teach myself that I couldn’t be there 24/7.”

Boone said this was because there was a great need for medical services, and some who work in medical facilities don’t care for people as they should.

“I am hoping Michigan Health Specialists offer more and better health services for Burton residents,” she said.


Architectural designs for a new Michigan Health Specialists location have been presented. Architectural designs for a new Michigan Health Specialists location have been presented. The council also approved a resolution approving a commercial exemption certificate application for Michigan Health Specialists at the Center Road location.

James Franklin, business development manager for the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce, spoke in favor of approving the commercial exemption certificate application at the public hearing for

“We’ve been working with them, and we work with companies to attract businesses into Genesee County,” Franklin said.

Michigan Health Specialists represents 24 providers who collectively treated 12,000 unique individuals last year. The practice was established in 1999 and has locations already on Linden Road in Flint Township, on Dort Highway at the border of Grand Blanc and Flint and at 2298 S. Center Road.

The staff at Michigan Health Specialists includes nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants and physicians. In addition to being affiliated with Hurley Medical Center, Michigan Health Specialists is affiliated with McLaren Flint and Genesys Regional Medical Center.

Lord said the exemption certificate requested would cover a period of 10 years, beginning Dec. 31, 2019.

“In terms of the project’s scope and impact, we’re taking a vacant building that’s been unoccupied for the better part of the last three years,” Lord said. “We’re redeveloping 27,000 square feet. Our total investment into this facility is $3.5 million.”

Primary care, pharmacy and imaging services would be offered at the facility.

“We’re also in conversations to maybe open up a surgical center there,” Lord said. For another 10,000 square feet, Michigan Health Specialists signed a lease with Hurley Medical Center to do urgent care and physical therapy.

Michigan Health Specialists hopes to create 20 jobs and retain 12 jobs. About 150 construction jobs are expected to be generated through this project.

Lord presented the council with current images of the building Michigan Health Specialists plans to expand into. He said it had a 1960 fluted block look that was very retro. Lord said they were excited about updating the building with blues and greens: very vibrant colors. He said the architectural designs mimicked what Michigan Health Specialists had done on Dort Highway, with slanted blue metal awnings and a drive-over rotunda. New metal siding, new metal roofing and new paint finish are also depicted in a drawing of the proposed site.

Michigan Health Specialist is part of an accountable care organization, in which practices ban together to take on a shared savings model and treat patients with better care at reduced costs. The new Burton location is expected to be Michigan Health Specialists’ biggest, most central location.

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