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SO EXCITED! We're nearing the finish-line for voting! Have you liked Lucky's Market's post for Traverse Health Clinic? Remember your vote only counts if you LIKE the comment on their post that has us tagged in it -- liking other comments (or even this post), or writing our name in won't count. 😁 ...

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Voting is still open! You can help make us one of the next 3 Lucky's Markets Bags for Change non-profits!


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Got questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace? Did you know there's a new EARLIER deadline for open enrollment? Join us at the TADL Main Branch to find out about navigating health insurance enrollment! ...

Understanding Your Health Insurance Options

October 25, 2017, 6:00pm - October 25, 2017, 7:00pm

Navigating Health Insurance Enrollment in the Current Market Open Enrollment starts November 1. This year the window to enroll in or renew a plan is just 6 weeks long. Come learn about options that are available for coverage, current healthcare laws, and ways you can access affordable healthcare. When? Wednesday October 25 6pm-8pm Where? Traverse Area District Library Woodmere – Thirlby Room Free to attend, however space is limited. To reserve as seat, please call Enrollment and Eligibility Specialist, Erin Paull at: 231-642-5812 or email [email protected]

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Have you voted yet? It's easy! Just go to Lucky's Market's post, click on "Comments" and "Like" the comment for Traverse Health Clinic! The 3 non-profits with the most "Likes" get to be part of the next Bags for Change fundraiser!


It's time to choose Bags for Change partners for the next quarter! We've chosen 5 finalists, and our 3 highest vote recipients will be our next partners. In the comments below, you'll see local organizations listed with a brief description. Vote through October 22nd by liking their name in the comments! *Please be sure you vote by liking our comment with the organization you support so your vote counts! *To learn more about our areas of focus, visit our website: bit.ly/2ttGRKm

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Today's the day! Voting is open for Lucky's Market Traverse City next group of Bags for Change non-profit partners! Help get us into the top 3 so we can be part of the in-store fundraiser by "Liking" the comment about Traverse Health Clinic on the Lucky's market post. Thanks! 😊 ...

It's time to choose Bags for Change partners for the next quarter! We've chosen 5 finalists, and our 3 highest vote recipients will be our next partners. In the comments below, you'll see local organizations listed with a brief description. Vote through October 22nd by liking their name in the comments! *Please be sure you vote by liking our comment with the organization you support so your vote counts! *To learn more about our areas of focus, visit our website: bit.ly/2ttGRKm

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We're at Sojourn Church from 10 to 2 today for #TCCares! ...

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Posting a Pink Selfie today to talk about Breast Self-Awareness! Because taking care of yourself begins with knowing yourself 🎗️🎗️🎗️
Assess YOUR Breast Self-Awareness:
1. Do you know your family Breast Cancer history on BOTH your mother's and father's sides?
2. Have you talked to your doctor about your risk factors?
3. Have you and your doctor established a screening schedule that's right for you based on your risk factors?
4. Have you noticed any breast changes that aren't part of your regular, monthly cycle?
5. Are you doing what you can to maintain a healthy weight, get exercise, and limit your alcohol intake?

As women, we're great at taking care of others. It's important we take are of ourselves too ☺️

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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.”


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:
(for established patients)

Business Office

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