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Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - Munson Healthcare to Donate $300,000 to Traverse Health Clinic

Munson Healthcare to Donate $300,000 to Traverse Health Clinic
The action will help ensure continued access to care for the uninsured

The Munson Healthcare Board of Directors announced it has approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Traverse Health Clinic to provide $300,000 of direct financial support for the clinic to provide primary care during the next year. This support will strengthen the clinic’s safety net services for the uninsured during this uncertain time of health care funding.

Recognizing the important benefit provided by the Traverse Health Clinic, Munson Healthcare joins the community’s strong support of the clinic’s mission.

“Traverse Health Clinic is an important, independent part of our health care community,” said Ed Ness, President and CEO of Munson Healthcare and Munson Medical Center. “We believe in investing in our community, especially when it relates to meeting health care needs. Health care reform is all about delivering quality care in a low cost, outpatient setting and that is exactly what the clinic provides. We need this service in our community.”

“During the past seven years, Munson Healthcare has donated more than $11 million in services to our patients,” said Arlene Brennan, Traverse Health Clinic Executive Director. “Both Traverse Health Clinic and Munson Healthcare believe that integrated and regular access to primary care provides the best approach for improving the health status of individuals while reducing inappropriate use of the emergency department. We’re very thankful Munson has stepped up with this cash gift to assist us in this time of transition.”

Traverse Health Clinic provided access to health services to nearly 3,000 individuals in 2011. An estimated 18,000 uninsured people live in the clinic’s three-county service area.

The two organizations have formed a task force to explore how to best continue meeting the needs of the underserved population in the community for the long term.

About Traverse Health Clinic
Traverse Health Clinic is the major local provider network, including volunteer physicians and practitioners, delivering health care to the uninsured. The organization began in 1975 when a small group of northern Michigan physicians and nurses came together to provide free health care to the region’s needy. Today, a combination of 35 employees and 500 volunteer providers ensure that the region’s uninsured and underserved receive the health care they need.

The clinic serves about 2,500 individuals each month, providing access to services ranging from primary care, specialty, vision, dental, and mental health services, to outpatient services at participating hospitals. In 2011, $7,402,472 worth of medical services was provided to clinic patients at no charge. The non-profit organization is supported by private donations, grants, and state and federal funds designated for indigent care. Traverse Health Clinic is headquartered at 3155 Logan Valley Road in Traverse City, but physicians in Benzie, Grand Traverse, and Leelanau counties serve patients throughout these counties in northwest lower Michigan. For more information, visit the website at traversehealthclinic.com or Facebook at facebook.com/traversehealthclinic.

About Munson Healthcare
Munson Healthcare is a non-profit system of seven hospitals and related organizations delivering a broad array of health care services to residents of the northern portion of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The system consists of a major tertiary referral medical center, six rural-based hospitals, including three Critical Access Hospitals, extensive outpatient treatment and rehabilitation facilities, and emergency, transportation, and home-based medical services that cover 24 counties in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula and the eastern portion of the Upper Peninsula. Munson Healthcare includes owned, managed, and affiliated hospitals that serve patients close to home across northern Michigan. Munson Healthcare employs more than 6,500 people system wide. In 2011, Munson Healthcare provided more than $44 million in community benefit.

Munson Healthcare owns Munson Medical Center, Munson Mobile Imaging, the Munson and Kalkaska Dialysis Centers, North Flight Inc., and Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital in Frankfort. Munson Healthcare has joint ownership of Great Lakes Mobile PET, Munson Home Health and Home Services, Munson Hospice & Palliative Care, Northern Michigan Supply Alliance, and the Northwest Michigan Surgery Center. Munson Healthcare manages Kalkaska Memorial Health Center, and has affiliation agreements with Mercy Hospital Cadillac, Mercy Hospital Grayling, Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord, and West Shore Medical Center in Manistee.