Quick Facts

UP Health System – Portage supports a multi-specialty medical community of over 40 physicians, over a dozen allied health professionals, and has been serving the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan since 1896. The main campus is a 36-bed hospital, a verified chest pain center through the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), and possesses the area’s only Open Bore MRI. UP Health System – Portage was home to the first Level III ACS (American College of Surgeons)-verified trauma center and emergency department in the state.

Other services include a dedicated physician for hospital stays, cardiopulmonary, arthroscopic surgery, emergency orthopedics, sports medicine, x-ray & diagnostics, advanced wound care center, certified sleep disorder center, two Express Care walk-in clinics, regional dialysis unit, pharmacy, 64-slice CT scanner, nuclear imaging, 3D mammography, radiological and laboratory services, rehab, home care and hospice, and a 60-bed senior living community.


CEO – Ed Freysinger


Hancock, Houghton, Lake Linden, Calumet 

Facility type

General medical and surgical hospital, skilled nursing facility, three free-standing outreach clinics, Express Care, outreach rehab office, free-standing sleep disorders center.

Number of beds

96 (36 general acute care beds and 60 skilled nursing)

Number of employees

659 - second largest employer in Houghton County

Number of physicians on medical staff


Number of volunteers

200 - contributing more than 50,000 hours per year


Inpatient Services

Family Birthing Center 
Elderly/disabled (Intermediate nursing care)
End-of-life services (Hospice, Pain management and Palliative care)
Infection isolation room
Cancer services


Breast cancer screening/mammograms  
Certified trauma center
Fitness center
Geriatric services
Home health services
Kidney dialysis
Physical rehabilitation
Sleep center
Stop-smoking program
Sports medicine
Urgent-care center
Women's health
Wound management services

Patient/Family Support Services

Ambulance services
Help with government services
Chaplaincy/pastoral care services
Cancer services
Patient support groups
Patient representative/ombudsman  
Transportation for elderly/handicapped
Translation services 

FY 2010 Patient Statistics

Inpatient admissions: 1,942 (includes births)

Outpatient visits: 119,623

Births: 399

Surgeries: 475

Emergency Department Visits: 9,514