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10767 Traverse Highway
Traverse City, MI 49684
Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. provides primary medical, dental, and support services throughout seven counties and surrounding areas: Antrim, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie,
Manistee, Mason, and Oceana Counties.
Larry Van Sickle
Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. provides quality medical and dental primary care services to persons of all ages in Northwest Lower Michigan in a culturally appropriate manner.
In 1968, Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. (NMHSI) was established in response to an urgent need for culturally appropriate health services for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers. Over four decades later, a thriving agricultural economy continues to demand a flexible workforce and draws an estimated 13,000 – 15,000 farm laborers and their families to Lower Michigan’s Northwest region. In communities of growing diversity, the need for culturally appropriate health
care is increasing.
In 2010, NMHSI expanded its mission to offer services to the general public in addi- tion to its agricultural population. There are no eligibility restrictions that impede access for anyone seeking health care. Walk-ins are welcome.
Patients from over a dozen nations have found a caring medical home at Northwest Michigan Health Services. Professional teams provide medical, dental, and social support services through over 20,000 patient visits each year. Over 90% of NMHSI patients live in poverty and 82% have no health insurance. Discounted fees are offered on a sliding income scale to ensure that services are affordable for everyone.
NMHSI operates three community clinics that provide the full range of primary medical, dental, diagnostic and treatment services, including physical examinations and immunizations. Practitioners make referrals for specialty care as needed.
NMHSI provides medical interpretation services 24 hours, seven days a week in hospitals, medical offices, and other settings. This invaluable service helps doctors, dentists, nurses, and support staff to communicate effectively with their non-English-speaking patients and strengthens the quality of care. Qualified medical interpreters help to reduce cultural and language barriers and avert poor health outcomes and costs that are attributable to communication failures.
In local communities, countless individuals have become unemployed, uninsured, and underserved. In response, NMHSI is
expanding its programs to serve a rapidly growing number of individuals and families who need affordable care. NMHSI’s goal is to add 400 hours of additional medical and dental services to its clinic operations in 2011. New equipment, more supplies, and additional professional staff will make this expansion of services possible. NMHSI urges community members, leaders, and partners to participate by making a generous donation.
NMHSI, a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 entity, depends on financial support through donations, grants, and patient service fees.
The staff works closely with numerous community partners to effectively coordinate quality services and ensure good stewardship of resources.
At NMHSI, staff provide vital health care for patients who would otherwise have little or no access to affordable services. NMHSI welcomes donations from individuals who would like to make a difference in a very meaningful way. Donations can be sent to the address on top of this page.