Rotary Charities Awards Challenge Grant to Traverse Health

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 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.


2014 River’s End Block Party, A Benefit for Traverse Health Clinic. Presented by Today’s Golden-Fowler Home Furnishing.

Saturday, September 27th 1-9pm.

Hosted by:   The Cooks’ House, Little Fleet and Front Street Tattoo

Presented by:  Golden Fowler Home Furnishings


Help our gracious hosts raise money for the Traverse Health Clinic and to support our community while having a great time in the process!   Join us for great music, excellent food, fantastic beer and wine and lots of fun!

WHERE?  We are closing Wellington Street between Front Street and the alley and taking up the whole block!

MUSIC/LINEUP – We will have one stage to accommodate five bands from around the state and country beginning at 2:00!

The lineup includes:

THE LONDON SOULS (New York City) Rock/Soul

BOBBY EMMETT (Nashville, TN) Rock/Soul

DEVIL LOCK (Ypsilanti, MI) A tribute to The Misfits. Punk Rock

FRONKENSTEEN (Cincinnati, OH) Instrumental surf style

SPANISH CHARLES (Ann Arbor, MI) Indie Rock

PIG ROAST/FOOD – Enjoy food prepared by Traverse City’s finest chefs, as The Cooks’ House heads a group of local restaurants by providing a pig roast and more!  Once inside the event, purchase a ticket for the pig roast and be delighted by the area’s best restaurants – 100% will benefit Traverse Health Clinc.  Or, purchase from the food trucks on site, and a portion of those sales will benefit the Clinic.  Either way, there will be plenty of food to keep you singing all afternoon and evening long!

TUG-O-WAR – Watch local businesses compete for bragging rights while raising money for the Traverse Health Clinic!

MOTORCYCLE RIDE – Help start the day with a scenic ride around Old Mission Peninsula from 11:30 – 1pm.  Riders will be pulling up to the event to kick off the party!  A River’s End Run T-shirt will be included in the riders admission.

BEER – NEW HOLLAND BREWERY will be joining us and providing a selection of their best beer!

WINE – BLACK STAR FARMS will provide the finest in local wines for your pleasure!

Admission –

$20 PRE-SALE – Includes 1 beer ticket

$25 DAY OF/DOOR – Includes 1 beer ticket

$30 MOTORCYCLE RIDE – Includes 1 beer ticket and t-shirt (space is limited).  Contact Mike at 231-922-9000 for details on the ride!

Tickets available for purchase online at or in person at Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings, The Cooks’ House, Little Fleet or Front Street Tatoo.

More information can be found at our presenting sponsor’s site by visiting


Traverse City Area Room Blocks for River’s End Block Party 2014!

Cambria Suites, King Suites at $239 per night, Double Queen Suites at $259 per night.  Block is under the name River’s End Block Pary and reservations can be made by calling the Cambria Suites at 231-778-9000.   The Facebook page for the Cambria Suites is

Comfort Inn, Double Queen Rooms at $189 per night.  Block is under the name River’s End Block Party and reservations can be made by calling the Comfort Inn at 231-778-8000.  The Facebook page for the Comfort Inn is

Best Western Four Seasons, Queen Hot Tub Rooms at $199 per night.  Block is under the name River’s End Block Party and reservations can be made by calling the Best Western at 231-778-7000.  The Facebook page for the Best Western Four Seasons is

Reservations must be made by September 10th.

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.

Friday, October 10th, the 5th Annual Bras for a Cause will benefit preventive services at Traverse Health Clinic!

In 2013, a total of $22,000 raised at the event was donated directly to the capital campaign for The Cowell Family Cancer Center, which will be part of Munson Medical Center. This year it is our turn! People often come to the Clinic who have gone for years without any health care and present with advanced stages of cancer. Your support can help us provide more services. You can join in by being a sponsor, making a wild bra, being a model (guys only ladies) or just coming to join the fun! For more information visit

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.

‘Heaven D.E.N.T. 2′ Provides More Smiles!

This past weekend, patients of Traverse Health Clinic received the wonderful gift of a new smile. Heaven D.E.N.T., the second volunteer weekend of its kind, was initiated two years ago by an area dentist who heard that there were a bunch of edentulous patients at Traverse Health Clinic in need of dentures. Determined to provide a solution, Dr. David Swan, D.D.S. enlisted the help of Doug Baker, founder of D.H. Baker Dental Laboratory. Between the two of them, they rallied a number of well-established dental professionals. Swan and Baker’s collaboration culminated in Heaven D.E.N.T. (Delighting the Edentulous with New Teeth) and the first event was held in January 2011.

This past Saturday, Heaven D.E.N.T. 2 provided 19 more patients either full 0r partial dentures – and a new reason to smile. Hosted at Traverse Dental Associates, 8 community dentists including Drs. Ron Chao, Stephen Dewey, Macaire Lumbrezer, Heather Pfefferle, Peter Piche, Dave Swan, Josh VanHorn and Phil Yancho enlisted 17 staff volunteers and came together to meet a great community need. Other collaborators included 9 dental technicians from D.H. Baker Dental Laboratory: Jan Babel, Maureen Hubbell, Terry Lalonde, Colleen LaVack, Matt LaVack, Matt Mrozkowski, Megan Sheets, Beth Webster, Valerie Workman, and 4 dental students. Even the non-dental community helped out: Old Mission Multigrain and Big Apple Bagel provided soup and bread to feed the volunteers and patients.

One of those recipients of a new smile gratefully wrote, “I wish to express my appreciation for essentially turning my life around. I was becoming somewhat reclusive regarding my “smile” and facial features while eating. My teeth have been a problem for some time now making me very self-concious. I was totally thrilled with this opportunity.”

Another wrote, “I want to thank everyone who took their time out of their lives to help me. Thank you guys so much. You changed my life more than you’ll every know.”

Day of Giving – Saturday, December 7, 2013, 11am-5pm

Shop Black Star Farms on Old Mission Peninsula on the Day of Giving to help support Traverse Health Clinic, our local safety net for primary care needs.  On Saturday, December 7th, Black Star Farms on Old Mission will be donating 15% of their gross sales to our Clinic.  Then, funds raised will be matched by WOMP, the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula!   Join them in celebrating the season of giving during tasting room hours or by purchasing online at the winery website and entering the code DOG:


See you there!

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.”


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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

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