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3155 Logan Valley Rd.
Traverse City, MI 49684
The Traverse Health Clinic provides access to affordable health care services to uninsured adult residents in Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.
Dan Edson, President
Carl Benner, MD, Vice President
Edward Carlson, Treasurer
Pat Nestor, Secretary
Raymond Bohrer, MD
T. Michael Jackson
Beverly G. Toomey, PhD
Daniel Webster, MD
To provide access to affordable health services through community collaboration to people in need.
The roots of our organization’s efforts date back to the mid 1970’s when a group of physicians and nurses came together
to form the Community Health Clinic, which existed as a largely volunteer organization providing free services to people in need for over 25 years.
In 2007, the clinic merged with the Grand Traverse Regional Health Care Coalition (GTRHCC), which was a network developed to provide low income uninsured adults access to various providers and hospital outpatient services in the community.
This created the Traverse Health Clinic, a private nonprofit 501 (c) (3) which is now able to provide both on-site care and access to hundreds of volunteer providers in the community.
Traverse Health Clinic is the local safety net for thousands of lower income adults in our community, a unique organization which offers enrollees access to comprehensive health care services at little or no charge. Without the Traverse Health
Clinic, many individuals would simply forgo seeking the care they need.
Traverse Health Clinic has grown to meet patient needs. Enrollees are assigned to a primary care provider, either at the on-site Clinic or out of a volunteer provider’s private office. That patient is then provided access, as needed, to:
All these programs and services touch the lives of 2,300 people every month, thanks to a large community of support.
Volunteers are critical to the Traverse Health Clinic’s ability to provide so many people with access to such a variety of services. We always invite additional providers to volunteer either at our on-site clinic which sees 1,000 people a month or out of their private offices. Additional opportunities for volunteerism also always exist for fundraising activities, and we invite you to get involved in a wonderful service organization!
The challenging economic environment has impacted many neighbors in our community, making the programs and services offered at the Traverse Health Clinic more important than ever to helping individuals maintain their health and give them opportunities for the future. An urgent need exists in our dental program, in which needs have more than doubled in the past year. Vision services have also doubled, as all our services continue to increase as community health
Our greatest need is for greater support for our programs as a whole and for these emerging areas where needs are particularly acute.
The Traverse Health Clinic depends upon the volunteerism and financial sup- port of the entire community the whole year long. Private donations may be made by phone at (231) 935-0412 or on-line at www.traversehealthclinic.org.