Window to the Womb

Marquette Care Clinic gets 3-D/4-D equipment update

From left, Dr. Eric Jentoft and Care Clinic Nurse Manager Jocelyn Mattson perform an ultrasound on Johanna Lieber during a demonstration of the new ultrasound machine at the Marquette location recently. Fundraising and training for the machine, which is capable of transmitting 3-D and 4-D images to a smart TV, took a little over a year. (Journal photo by Lisa Bowers)

MARQUETTE — The “best room” in the Care Clinic of Marquette just got a whole lot better.

About 50 people attended a ribbon cutting ceremony and demonstration of the new ultrasound machine at the clinic on north Third Street recently.

The $35,0000 machine, paid for with funds raised by the local Knights of Columbus as well as the National Supreme Council and the Superior Health Foundation, is capable of 3-D and 4-D images that can be transmitted directly to a smart TV.

Thanks to the donation, Care Clinic Director Cindy Asher said the facility can offer better care to its patients by providing vital information to expectant parents.

“The heart of our mission here at the clinic is to meet a woman right where she is, with no judgement, and treat her with dignity and respect. And our goal is to empower her to have the knowledge to make an informed decision for her and her unborn child,” Asher said. “The ultrasound is crucial, as a powerful tool that helps her see the life inside her womb, and when she gets to see baby growing inside her for the first time, her heart is often changed.”

Ultrasounds have been offered at the Marquette Care Clinic location since 2006, when the location became a limited medical clinic with ultrasound capability, but Jocelyn Mattson, who is nurse manager and director of client services, said the technology was in dire need of an upgrade.

“You need good quality images. You need good quality equipment,” Mattson said. “Our equipment allows us to see the baby that much earlier, which can be huge, it can make a really big impact on the life of the baby and the lives of the parents.”

Johanna Lieber, a Care Clinic patient who volunteered to help demonstrate the machine, said the new ultrasound technology is an improvement.

“This is so much better than the ultrasound I had here with my last child,” she said. “You can see so much more detail. It really is amazing.”

In September 2016, the Superior Health Foundation and an anonymous donor provided funding Mattson’s ultrasound training, Asher said.

The Care Clinic, established in 1973, also offers free pregancy tests to expectant mothers as well as community agency referrals to assist with housing, education, employment, adoption, Medicaid, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutritional services and mental health services are also offered at both the Marquette and K.I. Sawyer clinic locations.

For more information, visit the Care Clinic website at careclinicmqt.org or call 906-228-2273 for the Marquette location, 906-346-2606 for the K.I. Sawyer location or the helpline which is available 24 hours a day at 800-712-4357.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.