GWINN — One year after they were awarded a grant that would improve healthcare in the area, the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center in Gwinn celebrated their million dollar expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave ten, $1 million grants to ten different facilities across the state. The Gwinn Family Health Center was the only U.P. clinic to receive a grant.

The current facility was built back in 1987. An additional 2,600 sq. ft. of space will allow the medical center to expand their services and add providers to the practice.

“By adding these facilities and improving what already exists, will be able to provide care so that people won’t have to travel to Marquette for services such as X-Rays,” said Elise Bur, administrative director at the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center.

The project is being done in two different phases. According to Bur, the first phase will be done this fall.

Phase two will be done next spring. The clinic’s current operations will not be effected by ongoing project.