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SO EXCITED that we can FINALLY announce we're part of High Impact Productions - SwingShift and The Stars 10th Anniversary Million Dollar Challenge! Even MORE EXCITED to announce our dancer is none other than the incomparable Mary Bevans Gillett!

Check back soon for info on how to donate and purchase tickets to the big night!

Here's to an amazing season!!!
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Proud to be part of this awesome event tomorrow! Know any youth ages 14 - 24 facing housing instability/homelessness? Youth Connect 2017 will put them in touch with vital community resources -- and BATA and Benzie Bus will provide them with FREE transportation to the event if they say they are going to Youth Connect! ...

Youth Connect 2017

August 16, 2017, 1:00pm - August 16, 2017, 7:00pm

Free event to connect youth to community resources which can help them navigate possible and existing housing instability. FOOD, MUSIC, AND OVERALL GREAT TIME!

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It's HERE: National Health Center Week! (And let's not forget Governor Rick Snyder proclaimed it Health Center Week here in Michigan too!) A healthy community is a STRONG community and that's why we #ValueCHCs! #NHCW17 #FQHC ...

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Who are Community Health Center patients? Great question! Over 25 million Americans from all walks of life -- including 7.5 million children and more than 300,000 of our veterans -- make Community Health Centers their health care homes! Don't have a primary care provider of your own? Call us for an appointment today (231) 935-0799 and join the ranks of our friends and neighbors who can say #IAmAHealthCenterPatient !

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Health center patients are people from all walks of life and every corner of the country. They live and work in rural and urban communities, and come in all shapes and sizes, genders and ages, ethnicities, faiths and political beliefs. More than 25 million people in all 50 states, U.S. territories and the nation’s capital rely on their local Community Health Center for care. Learn more about America’s Health Centers: www.nachc.org/about-our-health-centers/. #FQHC #ValueCHCs #IAmAHealthCenterPatient

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TRAVERSE HEALTH CLINIC OFFERS CAMP AND SPORT PHYSICALS

Traverse Health Clinic, now in its convenient new location at 1719 S. Garfield Ave., offers $40 camp and sport physicals.

Camp physicals are available for all ages. Sport physicals are available to all middle and high school students.

Students under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent and must bring school/MHSAA physical examination and medical clearance form or camp physical forms signed by parent/guardian and student.

Evening appointments are available, but spots fill quickly. Call (231) 935-0799 to schedule.

Jill Strahan, L.M.S.W. Joins Traverse Health Clinic

Traverse Health Clinic Now Offering Behavioral Health Services to Patients Ages 12 and Up

Traverse Health Clinic is pleased to announce the expansion of its behavioral health services to patients ages 12 and up. With the recent addition of Jill Strahan, Licensed Master Social Worker (L.M.S.W.), to the team of therapists, behavioral health services are now available to both adults and adolescents. Traverse Health Clinic’s behavioral health services are open to anyone in the community, regardless of where they receive primary medical care. Traverse Health participates with most insurance plans and also accepts Medicaid and Medicare. An income-based sliding fee scale is available for those without insurance.

In addition to experience with adolescents, Jill specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, stress management, trauma, and parenting issues. Jill works Monday Through Friday, including some evenings, and is accepting new patients, ages 12 and up. To schedule an appointment call: (231) 935-0799.

Before earning her M.S.W. from Wayne State University, Jill graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Sociology. Prior to joining Traverse Health Clinic, Jill was an outpatient therapist with Centra Wellness Network, working with parents, children and adolescents, and providing outreach therapy to students in surrounding school districts. Jill was previously a clinical social worker with the Michigan Department of Corrections and interned with both Toledo Children’s Hospital and Hands Across the Water, an adoption and foster care service agency in Southwest Michigan.

Jill joins a dynamic behavioral health team at Traverse Health Clinic that includes program manager Jennifer  Strange (LMSW, CAADC); clinical social workers Kristy Wiersema, (LMSW) and William C. Fowle (LMSW, LMFT, CAADC), as well as substance use counselor Tom Gilbert (JD, MA, CAAC).

Roger Gerstle, M.D. Joins Traverse Health

Traverse Health Clinic, now in its new location at 1719 S. Garfield Avenue, is very pleased to announce that Roger Gerstle, MD, has joined the clinical team as a primary care physician and the medical director. Dr. Gerstle is accepting patients, both children and adults.  He joins a growing provider staff that currently includes 6 nurse practitioners –   Virginia Barrett, FNP; Patricia Bauer, FNP; Jennifer Bowling, AGNP; MaryLee Pakieser, FNP; Linda Rasmussen, ANP; and Donna Rinker, FNP.

Dr. Gerstle has been a physician in Traverse City for more than twenty years, most recently serving as the medical director of Munson Hospice, Palliative Care, and Home Care.  Prior to that, he had 19 years as faculty and practicing family medicine physician at Munson Family Practice Center and the Munson Family Practice Residency Program.

Rotary Charities Awards Challenge Grant to Traverse Health

American Proficiency Institute has offered a $25,000 matching challenge to the community.  The dollar-for-dollar match will be made for gifts up to $25,000 towards Traverse Health Clinic’s Clinical Care Expansion Campaign.  Funds raised will support expanded provider hours at the family care clinic.

Stated Sherri Fenton, Traverse Health Clinic’s Development and Marketing Director, “We are very grateful and excited for this community challenge from American Proficiency Institute.  We are experiencing a 30% increase in new patient demand for services and looking forward to adding evening hours in order to meet community needs.

Private community gifts and pledges, along with a successful matching challenge grant from Rotary Charities, grant support from The Art and Mary Schmuckal Family Foundation, The Les and Anne Biederman Foundation, Community Foundation FOCUS Fund and the Rotary Good Works Fund have allowed the Clinic to already begin adding provider time earlier this year.

“While we do accept insurance, we currently have 650 uninsured individuals with whom we are providing care.  Community gifts are what allow us to provide health services to the uninsured – of all ages,” stated Fenton.  “We hope American Proficiency Institute’s challenge inspires other businesses and individuals to support our organization – which provides primary care for many working members in our community,” she added.  Gifts may be made 0n-line at www.traversehealthclinic.org or by calling the development office at 231-935-0412.

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

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.

 

Traverse Health Clinic Offers Camp and Sport Physicals

Traverse Health Clinic is holding $40 sport physicals for all middle and high school students and $40 camp physicals for all ages. All insurance plans are accepted, co-pay required. Appointments are needed and fill up fast — call 231-935-0799 to schedule.

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

D.O. Joins Traverse Health Clinic as it Expands Capacity

Traverse Health Clinic is pleased to announce a new member of their provider team. Dr. April Kurkowski received her degree in Osteopathic Medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and comes to the Clinic with an extensive background in primary care, most recently as a family medicine physician at Kalkaska Memorial Health Center Rural Health Clinic.

Dr. Kurkowski joins the team as it expands capacity to meet increasing requests for care as Healthy Michigan unfolds.

New Exam Room at Traverse Health Clinic Opens Doors for More Patients

Traverse Health Clinic (Clinic) is announcing that it is accepting new patients at its location just off South Airport Road. After receiving grant funding from the Rotary Club Good Works Fund and the Community Foundation FOCUS Fund, the Clinic added another exam room to make room for an expected increase in demand due to Healthy Michigan enrollment opening this month. The Clinic will accept all Medicaid plans under Healthy Michigan and all types of insurances, as well as continuing to serve the uninsured. No longer having any age or residency restrictions, access to health services at the Clinic is available for all members of a family. As always, the Clinic will never turn anybody away who is unable to pay. Traverse Health Clinic is open Monday through Friday by appointment which can be made at 231-935-0799.

Clinic receives designation as a Community Health Center

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.”

Hours

Monday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

After hours care:
1-877-673-0237
(for established patients)

Business Office

1719 S. Garfield Avenue
Traverse City, MI 49686
Main Line:
231-935-0799 / 1-866-483-6987
Media Inquiries:
231-642-5895