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 www.brasforacausetc.com.
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.
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.
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.”
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: www.blackstarfarms.com/winery/tasting/oldmission
See you there!
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.”
January 1, 2014, 11am
Downtown Traverse City
Start Your Year Off on the Right Foot!
For Details and to register click on: www.traversehealthclinic.org/resolution-run
Swine and Shred, a block party to benefit Traverse Health Clinic (Clinic) will be held on Sunday October 6th. This 3rd annual pig roast picnic hosted by The Cook’s House in Traverse City was created out of gratitude and a resolve to give back to the Clinic for help once received. Chef Eric Patterson and Chef Jennifer Blakeslee of The Cooks’ House will roast a pig, which will be accompanied with side dishes donated by Bistro Fou Fou, Georgina’s, Great Lakes Culinary School, La Becasse, Mission Table, Morsels, Sweet Mama’s Kitchen, Towne Plaza and Trattoria Stella.
Date: Sunday, October 6th, 2013
Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: The Cook’s House at 115 Wellington St.
The pig roast will feature a variety of foods and cash bar. Entertainment will be by The Reefermen and a skating demonstration by Lifer Skateboard Shop will be held in front of Little Fleet. Inside Little Fleet is silent auction art already on display featuring skateboard decks donated by Front Street Tatoo and hand designed by local and national artists.
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!”
October 6th, SAVE THE DATE for The Cooks’ House Pig Roast!