On February 3, 2014, Cherry Street Health Services officially opened Barry Community Health Center in Hastings, Michigan. It is one of the newest Health Center delivery sites in the state, and is part of a nationwide network of more than 1,200 Health Center organizations that are increasing access to care.
Cherry Street Health Services received funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the new Health Center on November 7, 2013. That’s when HHS announced a total of $150 million in fiscal year 2014 grant awards under the Affordable Care Act to support 236 new Health Center sites across the country, including $6.2 million to nine organizations in Michigan. The funding will ultimately enable an additional 42,210 Michiganders to access health care at a Michigan Health Center.
Barry Community Health Center, located within the existing Barry-Eaton District Health Department, provides medical and behavioral health services, and it anticipates serving over 3,700 Barry County residents with over 11,600 visits during its first year of operation. It is open Monday through Friday, 8 am-5 pm, with extended hours on Tuesday until 7 pm to offer the community more access. For more information about Cherry Street Health Services, Barry Community Health Center, and the other Health Centers that Cherry Street Health Services operates across West Michigan, visit cherryhealth.org.
Today, 39 Michigan Health Center organizations provide quality, affordable primary and preventive care—regardless of an individual’s insurance status or income level—for over 600,000 Michiganders at 230-plus Health Center facilities across the state. To learn more about how the other Michigan Health Centers are using the new access point funding announced in November 2013 to meet health care needs across the state, click here.