Lake Shore Clinic offices in Culver to move downtown

Jeff Kenney
Citizen editor

The Culver community's sole medical site for more than five decades is planned to move locations this fall.

"To meet the needs of our community, we will be updating the Lake Shore Clinic’s facilities by relocating to 232 South Main Street this fall," affirms St. Joseph Health System public relations manager Robert Sisk. The site in question is better known locally as the Collins Building, whose layout should give the staff at the clinic a bit more elbow room than the longstanding Lake Shore Clinic at 921 North Lake Shore Drive.

The change was discussed in some depth at last week's meeting of the Culver plan commission, at which Construction Management & Design, Inc., the Collins contracting company planning renovations to the inside of the Main Street facility to facilitate the move. The company presented a site plan for the work, to take place on the ground floor of the Collins Building. That site has been empty for some months, following the departure of a beauty salon and fitness center there within the past year.

Plan commission president Barry McManaway told the Citizen his concern with the proposal pertained to the 12 parking spaces allotted for the medical clinic.

"We (the plan commission) approved that it could pass if there were only four employees (at the clinic)," said McManaway. "We said we would pass it providing the four employees (as described) was true."
McManaway noted building code for medical facilities calls for two parking spaces per examining room and one parking spot per employee. The facility is planned to include four examining rooms, he said.

With the plan commission's approval, a building permit for the work can be issued, it was noted.

The move is the latest in a number of marked changes in a clinic which has remained largely the same for decades in Culver. Earlier this year, Dr. Warren Reiss, who had split his time between Lake Shore Clinic and as one of two Culver Academies physicians, retired (following the retirement of longtime clinic nurse Shelly Drang a few years earlier).

This summer, Doctors Noemi Adame -- whose focus includes pediatrics -- and Rebecca Brice -- whose specialty includes obstetrics -- joined the staff of the clinic as well as assuming the mantles of Culver Academies physicians, a post Dr. Michael Deery departed (though he has remained on staff at Lake Shore Clinic).

Lake Shore Clinic became part of the St. Joseph Health Network in 2011. An exact date for opening at the new clinic site has not been officially released.