Traverse City, MI April 17—Traverse Health Clinic is in the end phase of a $1.5 million capital campaign which will allow a move into a new, larger clinic facility later this year!
Last year, as the Board of Directors identified acquiring new, better space as a major priority, an opportunity to apply for a federal Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) capital grant for infrastructure became available. The maximum grant was $1,000,000. The board decided that this was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up, so a project for new space for Traverse Health was developed and we submitted our application. We were thrilled when we received notice that HRSA was awarding us the $1 Million as requested! Because of this grant and community support, we can make a new location reality.
Our new facility address is 1719 South Garfield Avenue, within the building where the former Cherryland Antique Mall was located. We will pay the renovation costs to convert the existing space into a clinic facility, and have a long term lease. The new space will nearly double our square footage and increase exam rooms from 8 to 12. The floor plan will allow for more patients to be seen and make workflow much more efficient. The new site, being on a major road, will have greater and easier accessibility and visibility as well as a conference room large enough for community outreach programs. There will be space to accommodate some nursing and medical students, as well as other functions, such as lab draws, that just cannot occur in the existing location.
The new health center will help facilitate the “health care home” concept whereby teams of providers and staff give comprehensive primary care including behavioral health counseling. Because of this new space, we will be able to increase our number of patient encounters for primary care and behavioral health counseling. Projections are for about 17,000 total encounters by 2018, enabling us to comfortably serve over 4,000 people annually.
“We invite you to join us as we push to raise the remainder of money to complete this project which is vitally important for the health of our community! Our total campaign for all renovation, furnishings and equipment is $1,500,000 and we are 85% there,” stated Sherri Fenton, Development and Marketing Director. “A final push for $215,000 will help us reach that goal.”
If you have not yet, and would like to be a part of our capital campaign, please contact Fenton in the development office at 231-935-0412 or make your tax-deductible gift online at www.mykeytocare.org.
HRSA Acknowledgement and Disclaimer:
This project is supported by the Health and Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number C8DCS29205, Health Infrastructure Investment Program, in the amount of $1.0M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsement be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.