Munson Healthcare Opens Foster Family Primary Care


Munson Healthcare is expanding access to primary care in Northern Michigan with the opening of a new clinic in Traverse City, another step in the health system’s Regional Care Transformation Plan announced earlier this fall. 

The Foster Family Primary Care clinic, located at 550 Munson Ave. within the Foster Family Community Health Center, will offer primary care services to community members. Providers at the new clinic will see a wide variety of patients, including infants, adolescents, and adults. The new clinic officially opens on Monday, November 27. 

Dr. Thomas Yax, Dr. Joanna Heindl, and Sarah Shepler, PA, will be accepting new patients at this location. The clinic is actively recruiting new providers to join the clinic and is pleased to announce the arrival of Susan Cogswell, PA, effective December 18. The clinic will be open Monday 7 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is best accessed through the building’s north entrance, off Munson Avenue.  

“As a part of Munson Healthcare’s Regional Care Transformation plan, we’re committed to expanding the outpatient services our patients are asking for throughout our regions," said Laura Glenn, Chief Operating Officer, Munson Healthcare. “Opening new primary care clinics is part of our commitment to enhance access to care as well as offer convenient locations for patients to seek the services they need most close to home.”   

Munson Healthcare announced its Regional Care Transformation Plan in September. The plan highlights include investing in outpatient services and primary care; adopting a more patient centric model; expanding virtual care access and regionalizing some inpatient services to maximize resources across the rural healthcare system.  

The primary care clinic’s location in the Foster Family Community Health Center also gives patients greater access to services located within the building, including laboratory, radiology, and pharmacy services. Appointments can be made by calling 231-935-8460