On Thursday, May22, more than 200 people attended the dedication and the tours of the new community clinic and dental clinic, located on Hope Network’s campus at 781 36th Street SE in Grand Rapids. Together, the partners will provide comprehensive medical, dental and behavioral health services to low-income families and others without reliable access to medical care.
“You cannot be in good physical health if you do not have good dental health,” said Randy Wagner, COO, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, during the dedication ceremony the new space where the new Mercy Health Dental Clinic will operate. Bob Kamphuis, director of Community Benefit Ministry, will oversee the operations of the dental clinic.
Metro Health Community Clinic offers a maternal-infant health program, emergency food pantry, on-site social worker, on-site behavioral health services provided by Network 180, prescription assistance program and other services. The new clinic replaces its current clinic, located on Breton. Additionally, Ferris State University will provide hands-on teaching experience for its pharmacy students.
Hope Network, which serves people who suffer from mental, physical or social barriers that impact the way they live, will provide behavioral health services. The clinic starts seeing patients at its new location on June 2, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s will offer dental services, tentatively on June 10.
James Haveman, director of the Michigan Department of Community Health, gave the partnership high praise for providing expanded services to people in need.
“As the healthcare industry continues to move toward a model focusing on integrated care that serves the whole person, collaborations such as these serve as an integral part of our communities,” said Haveman. “I applaud Metro Health, Hope Network and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s for taking steps to better improve the comprehensive care provided to our most vulnerable residents.”