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.

The Mission Is Giving, a holiday arts and craft benefit sale December 8!

November 28th, 2012

Where:  Black Star Farms on Old Mission

When:   Dec. 8th for the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WOMPs) Annual Day of Giving when Black Star Farms supports the Clinic with 15% of all sales.

Time:     11 – 5


Enjoy browsing the art and craft bazaar while you enjoy tasting the area’s best wine!

Traverse Health Clinic receives $100,000 award from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

November 27th, 2012

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., November 26, 2012 – Traverse Health Clinic was today honored with an award in the amount of $100,000 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM).  The award will support the clinic’s plan to transition from a free clinic model to a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and continue as the major primary health care safety net provider in the community.  The transition to a FQHC will help the clinic remain financially viable and help sustain its health care programs.


“Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, which has a strong social mission, has been a longtime partner and major supporter of the Traverse Health Clinic,” said Traverse Health Clinic Chief Executive Officer Arlene Brennan.  “We are thrilled to once again have their support as we undertake this major change.  This $100,000 grant will enable us to apply to become an FQHC look-alike.  As an FQHC, Traverse Health Clinic will continue to grow and serve everyone in our community, including people who have no other place to go for health care.”


Traverse Health Clinic serves a low income population, including working families.  The clinic is the medical home for more than 1,700 patients, providing nearly 6,000 primary care visits, more than 460 specialty visits and 1,500 dental cases annually.  The clinic has experienced tremendous community support and works with over 500 medical provider community volunteers, representing 75 percent of local health care providers, in addition to over 200 clinic volunteers.


The award was presented to Ms. Brennan by BCBSM President of West Michigan Operations and Managed Care Jeff Connolly, at an event held this morning, in which patients, State Senator Howard Walker and State Representative Wayne Schmidt spoke on behalf of the great health care the clinic has provided to those in need in the Traverse City region.


“Traverse Health Clinic provides an important and irreplaceable service to many families in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties who otherwise would not have access to quality health care,” said State Senator Howard Walker.  “This Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan award is a lifeline for many of our neighbors.”


“Traverse Health Clinic and its dedicated team of staff and volunteers deliver outstanding service to our community and this award is the result of a strong partnership between our community and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan,” said State Representative Wayne Schmidt.


“Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is proud to support the Traverse Health Clinic and the great health care services it provides to so many in the region,” said Connolly.  “The Blues are committed to improving access to health care for all Michigan residents and a facility such as Traverse Health Clinic, which provides essential care to so many families that are uninsured or underinsured, plays a crucial role in Michigan’s health care system, by offering quality health care to the people who need it the most.”


Since 2005, the Blues have provided over $8 million in charitable contributions to locally operated clinics across the state that provide helath care services at no or low cost.  The funds serve to help the clinics cover the cost of daily operations and enhance the health care services they offier.


Blue Cross Blue Shield is commited to increasing access to quality health care services and to improving the health status of all Michigan residents.

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