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Published on August 27, 2018

MidMichigan Partners with Studio 23 to Connect New Health Park in Bay City with Community

Photo of Cheryl Yesney, director, MPG and Valerie Allen curator at Studio 23 holding a piece of artwork that will be displayed at MidMichigan Health Park - Bay.The new MidMichigan Health Park – Bay has partnered with a local art institution, Studio 23, to bring community culture and history into its design. Here, Cheryl Yesney, M.H.A., director, MidMichigan Physicians Group, and Valerie Allen, curator at Studio 23, hold a piece of the facility’s new artwork that represents the Industrial Works era in Bay City. MidMichigan Health Park – Bay, located at 3051 Kiesel Rd., Bay City, opens in September with a public open house planned for Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The new MidMichigan Health Park – Bay has partnered with a local art institution, Studio 23, to bring community culture into its design.

This new state-of-the-art facility will provide a one-stop shop for the most frequent health care needs of Bay City and surrounding areas. It will include family medical care, sports medicine and orthopedic care for adults and children, Michigan Medicine specialty clinics, as well as services such as X-ray and imaging, physical therapy and more. Cheryl Yesney, M.H.A., director, MidMichigan Physicians Group, is overseeing the project.

When designing the new facility, according to Yesney, MidMichigan strived to make the wants and needs of the Bay City community members a priority.  “We went out to the public and asked, ‘What do you want your health to look like?’” she said.

Features of MidMichigan Health Park – Bay developed from public input include an online registration system, which eliminates the need for waiting rooms, and a staff of friendly greeters rather than a front desk with a queue. Building designers also worked to create comfortable environments for patients and visitors, such as living room-like relaxation zones for family members, soothing lights and music. “It will feel like home when they walk in,” said Tara Welch, executive director of Studio 23.

Both MidMichigan and community members felt it was important to feature pieces of artwork and décor from Bay City itself. The design of the building has included themes of the town’s culture and history. Artwork is being provided by local artists through Studio 23.

Studio 23 is an arts center in Bay City whose mission is to make the arts relevant and accessible to everyone. It offers art classes and provides a space for local artists to show off their work.

“Our goal is to showcase the talented artists in Bay City and the Great Lakes Bay Region,” said Valerie Allen, curator at Studio 23, adding that many of the pieces of art at MidMichigan Health Park – Bay are inspired by the town and the bay. For example, a park bench the studio is constructing will be engraved with a representation of the Saginaw River. At the building’s entrance will be a rotating gallery showcasing new works by local artists.

Other pieces of art will be distributed throughout the facility. Visitors will be able to view oil paintings, photography, and sculptures produced by area residents. These features are designed to connect the facility to the people and the greater community on a more familiar level.

MidMichigan Health Park – Bay, located at 3051 Kiesel Rd., Bay City, begins operations on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. A public open house will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the facility, meet the health care providers and staff, and enjoy light refreshments. A ribbon cutting will be held at 6 p.m.

Those interested in more information on MidMichigan Health Park – Bay may visit www.midmichigan.org/bay. Those interested in scheduling an appointment may call (989) 778-2888.