2008-04-12 / Top News

Dr. Weersing To Leave Medical Center

By Ryan Schlehuber

Dr. Don Weersing Dr. Don Weersing Island physician Don Weersing has taken a position at Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace, beginning April 23, and Dr. Karen Miljour of Powers will replace him at the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

Dr. Miljour, originally from Pinconning, has practiced family medicine in Powers for the past eight years and has been a member of Mackinac Straits Hospital's emergency room staff since February.

"I'm excited to come to Mackinac Island," she said. "It's the kind of job I always wanted to do."

Her work in the emergency room at St. Ignace and two stints as a resident physician at the Medical Center have prepared her for her new job, she said. She served one-week resident shifts on the Island in 1997 and in 1998, and she was married at Mission Point Resort's gazebo in 1996 to Dr. Steve Miljour, a psychiatrist working in the Escanaba area.

The couple, who love to hunt, fish, and woodworking, have two golden retrievers, Murphy and Max.

Dr. Miljour completed her undergraduate studies at Eastern Michigan University and earned her Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Michigan State University in 1996. She celebrated her 38th birthday Thursday, April 10.

Dr. Karen Miljour Dr. Karen Miljour "Dr. Miljour is great," said Mackinac Straits Hospital CEO Rod Nelson. "There's no doubt in my mind that she will do fine at that position."

Mr. Nelson said he is seeking a nurse practitioner for the Medical Center to oversee operations as a full-time clinic manager.

Dr. Weersing has been the Island's year-around physician since 2002, when he, his wife, Karen, and their children moved here from Grand Haven.

Of his move off the Island later this month, he said, "It's time to move on."

Three of their five children were graduated from Mackinac Island Public School, Kristi Kamphius in 2007, Sam Kamphius in 2006, and Jill Kamphius in 2004.

Mrs. Weersing, who was a nurse at the Medical Center, moved back to Grand Haven this winter and is employed with Spectrum Health. After April 23, the couple will reside in Grand Haven and Dr. Weersing will commute to St. Ignace to work as a full-time emergency room physician.

"I'm pleased that Dr. Weersing is going to stay in our system," said Mr. Nelson.

Dr. Weersing and Mackinac Straits Hospital are named in a pending lawsuit filed by Medical Center radiology technician Brian Schoenborn last October. Mr. Schoenborn charges he was ostracized and subsequently wrongfully discharged after filing complaints with Mr. Nelson and the Michigan Department of Community Health, alleging inappropriate professional behavior at the medical center. He has sought protection under the Whistleblower Protection Act.

A hearing in 11th Circuit Court was scheduled for Friday, April 11.

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