A Brief History of the Traverse Health Clinic
Over 40 years, Traverse Health evolved from a free community clinic to becoming one of the strongest providers of high quality care in the region.
In 1975, the organization founded when a small group of generous physicians began volunteering their services to people who could not afford to pay. Originally known as the “Community Health Clinic,” it expanded over decades as many more practitioners became involved, all equally passionate about community health.
As demand for services grew, the clinic developed into much more than a walk-in acute care clinic. In 2005, it merged with the Grand Traverse Regional Health Care Coalition to provide a referral network including approximately 400 physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, podiatrists, optometrists, hospitals, clinics, and organizations. Thanks to a generous and increasing support of the mission in the community, the clinic continued to expand programs and staff and finally simplified its name to Traverse Health.
As the healthcare landscape evolves, we evolve with it, always keeping an eye on the future. Because the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided Americans more access to care than ever before, our original flagship program (CHAP) is no longer needed. As we move forward, we continue to focus on providing high quality care to the region while still remaining dedicated to the large number of people who fall through the healthcare cracks and are detrimentally un- or underinsured. Accepting Healthy Michigan, Medicare, private insurance, and offering a sliding scale for the uninsured, we remain true to our roots as a strong community safety net and will never turn anyone away because of inability to pay.