Bell Babies

Are you a Bell Baby? The Women’s Care team at UP Health System – Bell delivers more than 250 babies every year. With that comes a strong sense of pride and history in healthcare in the Ishpeming community.

In 1952, Ishpeming attorney and Cleveland Cliffs Vice President Francis A. Bell helped transfer ownership of the hospital the company had built in 1917 to the Ishpeming Negaunee Association.

At the time, CCI pledged $650,000 (almost $6,000,000 in today’s dollars) toward the expansion of the hospital. The communities of Ishpeming and Negaunee raised the remaining $350,000 needed for the project.

Since 1952, more than 20,000 babies have been delivered by UP Health System – Bell.

Bell Babies – that is, babies who were born at Bell hospital – are a special breed. Within the unique cultural identity of the Upper Peninsula, Ishpeming residents celebrate a particularly rich history of mining and strong community roots.

Of course, much has changed since the very first Ishpeming community hospital was built in 1872.

Bell Baby Maternity Suites at UP Health System – Bell are setting the standard for the safest and most comfortable birthing atmosphere available. Expectant mothers can experience labor and childbirth all in the same place, without having to switch from one area of the obstetrics department to another.

UP Health System – Bell birthing suites are furnished with a birthing bed, state-of-the-art medical equipment, bassinet cradle and a comfortable rocking chair.

“We just had our third child at Bell and again we are so pleased,” said Daniele Miljour of Negaunee. ”The entire staff has been just fantastic. We are so grateful and blessed for our hometown hospital.”

The Women’s Care team at UP Health System – Bell is composed of a cooperative, integrated team of providers who work together to make sure you and your baby are as healthy as can be. The team is made up of Dr. Kimberly Baker, Dr. Joe-la Dowdy, Dr. Kelly Menge, Kimberly Doppelt, PA and Jamie Kitchel, Certified Nurse Midwife.

Ishpeming, MI is a 15-minute drive from Marquette and the shores of Lake Superior. UP Health System – Bell serves the city of Ishpeming and surrounding area, including the city of Negaunee and the nine townships of Ely, Champion, Humboldt, Republic, Richmond, Tilden, Ishpeming, Negaunee and Michigamme. The service area is home to approximately 22,000 people. It is located in the midst of beautiful inland lakes and streams including Teal Lake, Lake Michigamme, Deer Lake, Craig Lake and the Carp River.

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Community

Ishpeming is a 15-minute drive from Marquette and the shores of Lake Superior. UP Health System – Bell serves the city of Ishpeming and surrounding area, including the city of Negaunee and the nine townships of Ely, Champion, Humboldt, Republic, Richmond, Tilden, Ishpeming, Negaunee and Michigamme. The service area is home to approximately 22,000 people. It is located in the midst of beautiful inland lakes and streams including Teal Lake, Lake Michigamme, Deer Lake, Craig Lake and the Carp River.

Bell History

In 1952, Ishpeming attorney and Cleveland Cliffs Vice President Francis A. Bell helped transfer ownership of the hospital from Cleveland Cliffs to the Ishpeming Negaunee Association. CCI pledged $650,000 towards a $1 million expansion project. The remaining $350,000 was raised through generosity with a pride, a strength and a spirit of the local citizens of Ishpeming, Negaunee and the surrounding communities.

With the discovery of iron ore during the rugged 1840’s in the newly developing communities of Ishpeming, Negaunee and surrounding areas, there became a need for doctors. In the beginning, that need was met by traveling nurses and physicians and a tiny hospital. The first community hospital opened its doors to patients on Canda Street in Ishpeming in 1872. By 1887, the hospital had grown and relocated to the former Legion building on Pine Street with a physician force numbering four.

In 1917, Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company took the lead in building a new 50 bed hospital with the latest medical and surgical equipment. The state of the art facility opened in 1918 and by 1950 there were 68 members on the hospital staff.

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