Under a cloudless blue sky, dirt flew on October 6, 2010, at Muskegon Family Care as the first holes were dug for the expansion of its Health Center on South Getty Street in Muskegon, Michigan. Funded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the 22,000 square foot addition will double the facility’s space to allow for expanded medical and dental services.
“Great people do great things, and Muskegon Family Care is certainly surrounded by great people,” said Sheila Bridges, Interim Executive Director, Muskegon Family Care.
“This includes our patients, staff, board, donors, our community, Mercy General Health Partners, Michigan Primary Care Association, the Bureau of Primary Healthcare, and everyone who partners with us in fulfilling our mission to the underserved We’ve been passed a bright torch from those who started this great work before us; Dr. Dale Williams and Tom Lufkin. This expansion is the evolution of a vision cast a long time ago; to give our patients a medical home that they can be proud of and to provide them with quality health care. To that end, I would sincerely like to say thank you to the 200 guests in attendance of our groundbreaking ceremony, and to everyone for the support and participation that we received for this event.
Muskegon Family Care’s roots go back to 1973 when Koinonia Clinic – Greek for “fellowship for helping one another” – opened its doors next to the low-income housing projects on Getty Street to serve the poor and underserved in the community. In 1989, Mercy General Health Partners purchased the clinic and after several name changes and securing the Federally Qualified Health Center designation, the clinic began doing business as Muskegon Family Care in 2000. Today the Health Center is the medical home for more than 10 percent of Muskegon County residents.
Under the guidance of its patient-majority board of directors, the staff of Muskegon Family Care improve the lives of patients every day by providing access to quality, affordable, comprehensive medical care, transportation to appointments, counseling for mental health and life adjustment issues, support during pregnancy, pharmacy services, dental care, and more. Its mission is to promote the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of families through its many services.
The expanded Health Center is scheduled to open in the summer of 2011.
Muskegon Family Care is one of 31 Community Health Center organizations in Michigan. Michigan Community Health Centers operate over 160 sites and provide care to nearly 600,000 patients a year. The doors of Community Health Centers are open to everyone in the community, regardless of insurance status or income.