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Clinic receives designation as a Community Health Center

November 21st, 2013

Traverse Health Clinic is thrilled to have received word that we have received designation as a Community Health Center.  "This designation allows us to receive annual grant funds from the federal government which will help us expand services.  It has been a long and challenging road navigating all the changes that health reform has brought to our community clinic, "stated Arlene Brennan, Traverse Health Clinic's Executive Director.  "We worked very hard to achieve this, for it will allow the Clinic to continue providing necessary health services to many in our community."

 

Every week, the Clinic currently sees 15-20 new people coming for care.  "We know we will be serving even greater numbers of people beginning in 2014.  While this designation will bring grant funding annually to the Clinic, it will initially be helpful to in part replace $1 million in funds lost due to The Affordable Care Act.  Community support will continue to be an important part of what we are able to do," stated Sherri Fenton, Development and Marketing Director at  Traverse Health Clinic.  "Additional funds remain critical to the Clinic's ability to deliver affordable health services to those most in need in our region.  Together with continued community support, this designation and ensuing grant will further prepare us to continue as the region's primary care safety net, providing more individuals and families with access to high quality affordabel health care now and in the future."

Resolution Run 5k

November 1st, 2013

January 1, 2014, 11am

Downtown Traverse City

 

Start Your Year Off on the Right Foot!

For Details and to register click on:  www.traversehealthclinic.org/resolution-run

Get Tickets for The Cooks’ House 3rd Annual Benefit Pig Roast!

September 20th, 2013

The Cooks’ House is roasting up a pig for a giant block party unlike any other, for Traverse Health Clinic.? The Cooks’ House teams up with other restaurants for an old-fashioned pig roast – but with a different twist – sure there’ll be live music, but you can get yourself a tattoo, watch wild antics of skilled skateboards and bid on one of 30 originally designed, one of a kind skateboard decks.? The third annual Swine & Shred Pig Roast, Sunday, October 6th, 2-5pm adjacent to The Cook’s House.?? Tickets are 30-bucks in advance and 35 the day of the event.

 

To purchase tickets today, go to our donation page, enter $30 x the number of tickets you wish, and put ‘Pig Roast’ in the “in honor of” line.? Print your receipt and bring it with you on the 6th!? See you then!

Utopia Foundation to match gifts for pediatric supplies!

September 12th, 2013

In the last year, since opening our doors to serving children, we have provided care to 62.  In the upcoming year, the Clinic expects to serve 100 children, often from families experiencing challenging circumstances.  We seek support for basic pediatric equipment and exam room supplies as the number of children served grows.  Your support will fund basic health care essentials at the Clinic as we care for these children.  These items include tongue depressors, BP cuffs, thermometers, band aids, pediatric epipens, small ear speculums, a hemoglobin machine with hand held microcuvettes, an audiometer, a computer and much more.

 

You could impact the health of a child.  Would you consider making a gift to Traverse Health Clinic to help us care for our community’s children?  Our immediate goal is $6,000.  If you are able to make a tax-deductible gift of any amount to be matched, please do so on on the following website www.utopiafound.org/utopia-gifts.

 

Thank you for your support of our ‘kid kare!”

Traverse Health Clinic designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike (LAL)

August 26th, 2013

After much community collaboration, many necessary organizational changes and a long wait, we are thrilled to let you know that we were successful in being granted designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike (LAL).  Thank you!  We could not have achieved this without community support.

 

What this means to Traverse Health Clinic is that we will receive enhanced reimbursement for every Medicaid and Medicare enrolled individual who comes to us for care.  While it won’t cover all our costs for care, nor cover all of the people we serve, it will give us some revenues to help replace those that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is taking away.

 

Approximately 25% of the people we serve are currently enrolled in Medicaid and a small number of patients have Medicare.  If Medicaid expansion is approved and implemented here in Michigan, about 60 – 65% of our currently uninsured patient population would become eligible for it and therefore have coverage.  Having the LAL designation will be a financial help, especially if Medicaid expansion occurs and the number of uninsured patients we serve decreases.  So, while this LAL designation and related reimbursements are not enough to cover all costs for those in need of services, it is a wonderful step forward in this uncertain world of health care.

 

We truly value your past support and still need your continued support so that we can continue to be the area’s primary care safety net for those who fall through the inevitable cracks and are unable to pay for their own care.

 

Thank you for your incredible support of the Clinic during this transition.  We couldn’t have done it without the community.  We extend special gratitude to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Rotary Charities of T.C., The Art and Mary Schmuckal Foundation and the Oleson Foundation for operational support of the many critical internal changes necessary for our application to be eligible for consideration.

Local Health Care Leader Honored for Distinguished Service

August 12th, 2013

At the Michigan Primary Care Association’s (MPCA) 34th annual awards ceremony held August 6, 2013, the non-profit association representing Michigan Health Centers honored Sue Murchie, programs director at Traverse Health Clinic, for her distinguished service. 

 

The MPCA Distinguished Service Award recognizes commitment, dedication and outstanding service on behalf of the state’s medically underserved and Michigan Health Center patients.

 

“Sue has been a dedicated and committed director for Traverse Health Clinic’s Coalition Health Access Program,” said Sibilsky, Executive Director, and Michigan Primary Care Association.  “Under her guidance and leadership, this vital program connects uninsured adults in Benzie, Grand Traverse, and Leelanau Counties with health care provided by a network of health professionals, organizations and volunteers.  Were it not for this program, many of its beneficiaries would otherwise go without care.”

 

Since the mid-1970s, Traverse Health Clinic has provided safety net health services to thousands of individuals and families experiencing challenging circumstances, and to those who lack access to primary and preventive health care.

Traverse Health Clinic to offer Sports Physicals

July 25th, 2013

Traverse Health Clinic will offer $40 sport physicals for all middle and high school students on select dates throughout August.  Friday afternoon appointments will be held between 1:00 – 3:00pm on Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23.  Wednesday evening appointments will be held between 5:00 – 7:00pm on Aug 14 and Aug 21.  Appointments needed — call 231-935-0799 to schedule.

 

Students under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent and must bring school physical cards signed by partner/guardian and student.  Traverse Health Clinic is located at 3147 Logan Valley Road, across from Logan’s Landing on S. Airport.

 

October 6th, Save the Date

June 25th, 2013

October 6th,  SAVE THE DATE for The Cooks’ House Pig Roast!

Medicaid Expansion and Reform Bill

June 24th, 2013

Traverse Health Clinic was disappointed that the Michigan Senate did not opt to take action last week on the recent Medicaid expansion and reform bill.  Reportedly, members of the Senate will continue to explore revisions to the issue over the summer, and have another reform bill to present to the Senate in late August.

 

Medicaid reform will directly impact an estimated 5,000 individuals in Grand Traverse County alone, providing access to preventive health services, and cutting down on unnecessary use of our hospital emergency rooms.

 

We serve about 2,500 people every month — 79% of whom have no health insurance.  We see daily reminders of why it is important that Michigan help provide access to health services for all people.

 

Traverse Health Clinic will continue to keep you appraised regarding progress in this important issue, and thank you for your continued advocacy.

 

Arlene Brennan

Chief Executive Officer

Traverse Health Clinic

TC Roller Derby features the Traverse Health Clinic May 18th

May 6th, 2013

May 18th the TC Roller Derby will feature Traverse Health Clinic as their charity of choice.  Various fundraising activities including a silent auction will benefit the Clinic’s pediatric  services.  The bout takes place at Howe Arena inside the Civic Center and begins at 6pm.  Stop by to say hello to our volunteers and help us bring Kids to Care.

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