Traverse Health Clinic Celebrates 40 Years

Traverse Health Clinic Celebrates 40 Years

Traverse Health Clinic is celebrating 40 years of building healthy families in our community.  Originally established by a group of volunteer physicians and nurses who saw the need to provide (limited) free health services to people in need, Traverse Health Clinic is today a Community Health Center with a staff of 41, providing comprehensive primary care to families five days a week.  Traverse Health, who has welcomed 1,197 new patients this past year, serves all ages and accepts all insurances, yet remains true to our roots by continuing to care for the uninsured.

Medical Director Named

Traverse Health Clinic Announces Medical Director


Traverse Health Clinic (Traverse Health) announces the appointment of a new Medical Director.  Anne Cavanagh, MD, certified in internal medicine and palliative care, assumes the role this week as Dr. Lynn Swan steps down.  Dr. Swan, who has held the position for four years, will continue her involvement with Traverse Health’s Quality Committee as well as other volunteer efforts.

Traverse Health has undergone dramatic changes since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, most notably transitioning from a free clinic to an affordable community health center, welcoming people of all ages with all types of insurances, in addition to the uninsured.  Among other leadership roles, Dr. Cavanagh has prior experience as Medical Director for Thunder Bay Community Health Service, also a community health center, and looks forward to this role at Traverse Health.  She will continue to provide patient care and is accepting new patients.

Arlene Brennan, Executive Director at Traverse Health Clinic stated, “We are very pleased that Dr. Cavanagh has accepted the position as Medical Director for our organization.  She joined Traverse Health earlier this year and her expertise will be instrumental as our health center continues to serve an increasing number of families in our community.”

Save a Smile Rallies Community Support

The 7th Annual Save a Smile toothbrush donation drive will be held throughout the month of September to benefit local families served by Traverse Health Clinic.


Hundreds of local families are in need of basic oral health care supplies and Traverse Health Clinic can get them in the right hands!  Traverse Health Clinic is asking our community  to  create happy, healthy families by helping others establish healthy brushing habits from a young age.


Donations of child and adult toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss are being accepted throughout September at the following locations:


  • All Tom’s Food Market locations
  • Traverse Health Clinic, 3147 Logan Valley Road, Traverse City


Financial gifts may be made on-line at or sent to Traverse Health Clinic, 3155 Logan Valley Rd, Traverse City, MI 49684.

$40 Sport Physicals–Fast!

Don’t let your kids show up for sport team tryouts in August without a completed sport physical!  Traverse Health Clinic offers $40 sport physicals for all middle and high school students.  Children and teens do not need to be current patients at Traverse Health Clinic to get one! A flat fee of $40 applies, but insurance plans are also accepted, with co-payment required at time of service.  Appointments are necessary and available Monday – Friday, with some evenings.  Appointments available in a week or less, until crunch time! Call today 231-935-0799 to schedule!

Students under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent and bring school forms please.

Resolution Run/Walk 5K to start families off to a healthy 2015

The second annual Resolution Run/Walk 5K will be held January 1, 2015 at 11:00 in downtown Traverse City.  Benefitting Traverse Health Clinic, the race offers runners and walkers the opportunity to participate in a healthy event while helping the Clinic provide health care to families in the region.

The Resolution Run will start and end at Little Fleet and follow a course through downtown Traverse City.  Online registration opens November 1 on this website, is $35 and includes a t-shirt if registered before December 22nd at

Will you start 2015 on the right foot January 1?

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


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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