EVART — Dozens of area residents stopped by the Evart Family Practice clinic in Evart last Thursday to take part in the facility’s festive Open House.

The Open House gave many people a chance to get acquainted with staff and learn what programs and opportunities are available through the clinic, and also gave old friends of the medical practice an opportunity to renew old friendships and just say “Hi.”

The Open House was held in large part to welcome and introduce two new healthcare providers to the clinic team — Robert N. Shannon, MD and Susan Kaap, BSN, MSN, FNP.

Dr. Shannon is the new medical director of Spectrum Health Evart Family Practice. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State where he graduated with honors. He then went on to Wayne State University School of Medicine where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree, also graduating with honors. Dr. Shannon performed his internship in family practice and residency in internal medicine, both at Southwestern Michigan Area Health Education Center in Kalamazoo.

Sue Kaap is a family nurse practitioner. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s of nursing from Grand Valley State University. She is a member of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Those attending also learned of new extended hours being offered for patients.

“With four highly qualified providers and our new extended hours, we now offer plenty of convenient opportunities to visit our practice for area residents’ health care needs,” explained Sue Snavely, Spectrum Reed City communications director.

Evart Family Practice also recently announced the implementation of a new and improved phone system along with a new toll free number: (855) 878-2865.

“To ensure a smooth transition for your patients, our previous phone number will also remain active for the next few months,” said Snavely.

Evart clinic hours are:

Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The clinic is located at 5991 S. 95th Ave. in Evart