West Michigan Community Celebrates New Health Center

Kathy Sather, Family Health Care President & CEO, and Board Chair Corey Van Fleet cut the ribbon on Nov. 9 to officially open the new Family Health Care in White Cloud. They are surrounded by James Turner, USDA State Director; Eric Rudert, Board Member, Capital Campaign Cabinet; and board members Rev. Larry Doorn, Ruth Ann Harris, and Gerald Anderson.

There’s a new world of health care in White Cloud now that Family Health Care has opened its state-of-the-art Community Health Center in West Michigan’s Newaygo County.

This new 32,000 square-foot facility consolidated the services formerly provided at two Health Centers in this rural community, whose aged and small facilities were barriers to meeting growing patient need.

The array of services provided at the new Health Center are impressive. Residents of Newaygo County now have a place they can go for medical, behavioral health, and dental care, as well as lab work and x-rays, pharmacy services, and health education — all under one roof.

“West Michigan residents have relied on Family Health Care for quality, affordable, accessible health care for 44 years,” said Kathy Sather, Family Health Care President and CEO. “Under the guidance of our dedicated board of directors, the staff is committed to continuing that valuable service for years to come.”

Family Health Care opened the first Community Health Center in Michigan in 1967. Today it operates Health Centers in Lake, Wexford, and Missaukee Counties, in addition to Newaygo County. It also administers school-based health centers in Baldwin, White Cloud, and Grant Public Schools, and employs a school nurse at Hesperia Community Schools.

Family Health Care is one of Michigan’s 32 Community Health Center organizations. Together they provide care for nearly 600,000 patients at 185 delivery sites each year. For more information about Family Health Care, go to www.familyhealthcare.org. For more information about Michigan Community Health Centers, please visit www.mpca.net.

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