Events celebrating National Health Center Week are always special, but this year’s weeklong campaign (August 5-11) to raise awareness about the vital services and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers as local health care solutions is extra special for Thunder Bay Community Health Service. That’s because its board of directors and staff are celebrating 30 years of dedicated service to residents of Montmorency, Presque Isle, Alpena, and Cheboygan Counties.
The theme of this year’s National Health Center Week is “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Powering Healthier Communities” – and that is exactly what Thunder Bay Community Health Service has been doing for three decades.
“Since seeing their first patient in 1982, the dedicated providers and administrators of Thunder Bay Community Health Service have continually adapted their care to meet the changing needs of Northern Michigan families,” said U.S. Representative Dan Benishek (R-1). “By providing preventive services and comprehensive primary health care, Thunder Bay Community Health Service keeps families healthy while also preventing costlier health care alternatives such as emergency room treatment.”
Thunder Bay Community Health Services’ five delivery sites are the medical home for over 14,000 patients in the northeastern Lower Peninsula. A staff of over 100 employees provides a wide array of services ranging from family practice medical care, to dental services, to pharmacy services, and much more. These services are available regardless of insurance status or income, at times that are convenient for patients, and presented in a culturally sensitive manner and in a language patients can understand.
“Michigan Primary Care Association celebrates with Thunder Bay Community Health Services its 30 years as a community-directed health care provider that is meeting the needs of the local community. We look forward to many more years as partners in ensuring the underserved of our state have access to quality health care they need, when they need it, and where they need it,” said Kim Sibilsky, Executive Director, Michigan Primary Care Association.