LVD Expands Health Care Services
Last week, the Watersmeet, Michigan-based Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, along with the Lac Vieux Desert Health Center, announced that a new satellite health clinic will open in Eagle River, Wisconsin early next year. The new clinic will focus on quality and expedient primary care service and will offer both scheduled and same day (for urgent needs) visits, as well as lab and x-ray services.
According to a press release, patients will receive the same level of care that they know and trust from the LVD Health Center at the Watersmeet location. The new facility will accept BadgerCare and Wisconsin Medicaid plans, as well as multiple private insurance plans. The main providers will be from Eagle River, making it a true example of hometown care. In addition, medical systems will be integrated to maximize quality and continuity of patient care.
The main health center in Watersmeet opened in September 2016. The $13 million, 33,000 square-foot facility offers a full spectrum of services to Tribal members as well as the general public, including primary care, dental, optometry, pharmacy, podiatry, chiropractic, and behavioral health.
LVD also operates Big Picture Loans and Ascension Technologies as part of the Tribe’s financial services offerings. Revenues from these businesses contribute more than 40 percent of the Tribe’s general fund, supporting health care for Tribal members as well as improved cultural preservation efforts, housing, law enforcement, elder services, education, and infrastructure in and around their reservation.
The Eagle River Clinic will be located at the intersection between highways US 45 and 17 at 302 W. Pine Street, Eagle River, Wisconsin.