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Health providers partner on clinic for underserved

May 28, 2014
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Health providers partner on clinic for underserved
Peoples’ Health Centers for Michigan is an integrated clinic in Grand Rapids and a partnership among providers in the region to serve “underserved patients.” Photo by Rachel Cohen

Three health care organizations are partnering to operate an integrated clinic that offers medical, dental and behavioral health services to underserved patients in the region.

Metro Health, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and Hope Network said last week that they’re collaborating to create an integrated health care center on Hope Network’s campus in Grand Rapids, at 781 36th St. SE.

The collaborative health care center, Peoples’ Health Centers of Michigan, will serve “low-income families and others without reliable access to medical care.”

"In need"

Mike Faas, president and chief executive officer of Metro Health, said the partnership among the three organizations is a result of James K. Haveman’s vision of a collaborative center providing patient care for all types of medical needs. Haveman is the director of community health for the state of Michigan.

“It is the first piece that brought it all together,” said Faas, referring to Haveman’s idea. “This type of clinic is what is coming. This is the model that people will be copying and duplicating, not just in Michigan, but across the country. It’s the precursor of evolution in health care.”

During the dedication of the Peoples’ Health Centers of Michigan last Wednesday, Haveman said the collaboration among the three partners is a step toward improving care provided to residents in need.

“As the health care industry continues to move toward a model focusing on integrated care that serves the whole person, collaborations such as these serve as an integral part of our communities,” Haveman said.

Integrated services

Peoples’ Health Centers of Michigan will house several medical programs: the Metro Health Community Clinic, Metro’s residency programs, hands-on teaching experience for Ferris State University’s pharmacy students, Mercy Health Dental Clinic and behavioral health services provided by Hope Network and Network 180.

The clinic will offer a range of services for people in need: maternal-infant health programs; emergency food pantry; on-site social workers; osteopathic manipulative medicine; ultrasounds; urology services; preventative and restorative dental services and more.

Medical

The Metro Health Community Clinic is relocating from its location in Grand Rapids on Breton Road SE to the Hope Network campus to fully connect with the two other organizations to expand services to patients.

“Metro Health really believes in partnerships and aligning with those in the community . . . that have the same kind of vision of taking care of everyone,” Faas said. “Partnerships are the best way to get to clinical integration.”

Metro Health operates a 208-bed hospital in Wyoming, and the system has a number of outpatient centers in the region.

Faas said the Peoples’ Health Centers of Michigan will benefit patients through its location and accessibility, the design flow of the space, which is set up to hold a high volume of patients, and their visiting one location for comprehensive medical care.

Behavioral health

Phil Weaver, president and chief executive officer of Hope Network, said the nonprofit provides behavioral health services at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Heartside Clinic and Clinica Santa Maria and will partner with Peoples' Health Centers of Michigan to offer the same services.

“With one in four people living with mental illness and 60 percent of those not getting help, it’s important to make treatment more accessible to people in need,” Weaver said.

Hope Network is based in Grand Rapids. The nonprofit has provided neuro-rehabilitation, behavioral health, developmental and support services for people who suffer from physical, mental or social conditions for more than 50 years.

Dental

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s will offer dental services at the clinic through the Mercy Health Dental Clinic. Bill Manns, president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids, said dental care access is a key need for the community and patients of Mercy Health.

“The new Mercy Health Dental Clinic expresses our mission as a health care home, and we value the collaboration that has made this facility possible,” Manns said.

The Mercy Health health care system serves the region and is a regional health ministry of CHE Trinity Health. The system includes primary care providers, specialists and five hospital campuses.

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