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3155 Logan Valley Rd.
Traverse City, MI 49684
Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.
Dan Edson, President
Carl Benner, M.D., Vice President
Edward Carlson, Treasurer
Pat Nestor, Secretary
Raymond Bohrer, M.D.
T. Michael Jackson
Daniel Webster, M.D.
The mission of the Traverse Health Clinic is “to provide access to affordable health services through community collaboration
to people in need.”
The Community Health Clinic developed its roots in 1975 as a free clinic when several physicians informally began providing free health services to people who could not afford to pay. Over the years, the “clinic” expanded as many
practitioners volunteered their services. Likewise, demand for services grew and the clinic developed into much more than a walk-in, acute care clinic, becoming a primary care clinic for hundreds in the community.
In 2003, the Grand Traverse Regional Health Care Coalition was formed to address access to health services for adults in
Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties. Its main approach was to develop, implement and manage programs, but not provide direct care. It expanded the original “clinic” network of physicians and hospitals to become a much larger,
more comprehensive provider network.
In 2007, these two complementary organizations mission merged, now being called the Traverse Health Clinic. Today, this network of providers donates millions of dollars of services each year to patients served by Traverse Health Clinic. About 2,300 lives are touched each month by the programs and services offered.
Traverse Health Clinic is the only community organization which offers access to comprehensive health care services (primary care, specialty services, medications, hospital outpatient services) for uninsured and economically disadvantaged adults who meet our eligibility criteria in our region.
Traverse Health Clinic goals are to expand capacity and availability of services and programs in the three counties and to
develop additional effective systems to support the Clinic.
We want to continue reaching the thousands of uninsured residents in need in our communities, to help provide access to health services and to encourage change toward more healthy lifestyles.
Volunteers are the backbone of Traverse Health Clinic, and go back to our roots. We have volunteer opportunities for clinicians as well as clerical help, interpreter services, mailings and fundraising, and would be interested in hearing from you. We are a community partnership effort!
In addition to the annual campaign, we have several small events to raise both awareness and community partnerships, including private parties. If you are interested in hosting or attending one of these events, please contact our development office.
The need for primary care and specialty health services is always great, especially with the current economy. However, two
large areas that are seeing growing demand are dental care and mental health services. Our organization has made both of these a high priority for our clients. Our ability to connect people in need with health services depends upon the continued support of this community.