Drs. Smith and Harburn Honored!

Two well-known physicians were recently honored after announcing their retirement. Edward Smith, MD and Todd Harburn, DO have played key leadership roles with Mackinac Straits Health System.

Dr. Smith officially retired this summer after more than 33 years of treating patients in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. His career started in St. Ignace working in the hospital’s emergency department and the primary care clinic. He then focused on treating cancer patients as an oncologist, leading the staff in growing the patient base with the new oncology clinic. Dr. Smith helped developed the No Cancer Patient Left Behind Program and the Hooping For A Cure basketball event. He has served as Chief of Staff and on the Hospital Board. In 2018, Dr. Smith received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Lake Superior State University. Ed and his wife Jill still have their home in St. Ignace and plan to remain involved with the community.

Over his career, Dr. Harburn has treated orthopedic patients across Michigan. Most recently, he was seeing patients in clinic at Mackinaw City and performing outpatient surgical procedures in St. Ignace. Dr. Harburn was instrumental in developing the outpatient surgical services at Mackinac Straits Hospital and also represented the medical staff of the Hospital Board. Todd and his wife Shirley have moved downstate to be closer to family, but still plan to come back north for different events, including the Fort Michilimackinac Pageant over Memorial Weekend each year in Mackinaw City.

Retail Pharmacy

Our retail pharmacy is open seven days a week at Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace! Straits Area Pharmacy is located on the first floor near the Emergency entrance. It is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Weekends & Holidays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The 1,675-square foot pharmacy offers prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and other health-related supplies such as bandages, skin lotions, and more. Four parking spaces have been constructed in front of the pharmacy area next to the sidewalk leading to the exterior pharmacy door. Recent Community Health Needs Assessments identified a need for more retail pharmacy services in the area. MSHS worked with Munson Healthcare consultants on the project. For more information, call (906) 643-7298.