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Dr. Kroll & PatientOur History

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) began in 2009 as a vision of Dr. Catherine Kroll to provide quality healthcare for all people in the Upper Great Lakes region. Since then, the health center has grown from a single location to 12 clinics in 10 locations serving more than 25,000 patients every year.


2009 - UGL becomes an FQHC look-alike.  

2013 - UGL adds 6 new clinics in Houghton County

2013 - UGL receives Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status.

2014 - Ontonagon Community Health Center and Menominee Family Health Center join UGL.

2014 - UGL provides behavioral health services at Hancock Family Health Center - Family Practice 

2015 - UGL provides oral health care services at the Sawyer Family Health Center in Gwinn

2016 - UGL expands oral health services to the Calumet Family Health Center

2020 - UGL adds the Marquette Family Health Center 

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) is a Federally Qualified Health Center and is a Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Deemed Facility.
UGL receives funding from The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has Federal Public Health Service deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims for itself and its covered individuals.
This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H80CS26511 Health Center Cluster, total award amount of $1,839,050 with 89.9 % financed from nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.