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Mom and Baby Tobacco Free Program Graduates

October 20, 2017

In January 2017, Grace Health started a Mom and Baby Tobacco Free Program. This is a smoking cessation program targeted at pregnant women to improve pregnancy health and birth outcomes by helping women quit smoking during pregnancy.  Women who quit smoking are less likely to have a premature and low-birth weight baby.  Staying smoke-free after the baby is born extends a positive health outcome for women and their families. To participate in the Mom and Baby Tobacco Free Program, patients…

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Grace Health Receives Bikes

October 20, 2017

Grace Health recommends that children have a yearly physical exam which is an important step in helping to keep your child healthy. To encourage parents to bring their children in for a well-child exam, children brought in during the months of July and August had their name put in a drawing for a chance to win a new bike and helmet.  Congratulations to our winners:  Avril Elliott, La’ Montiana Walker, Lamar Burton, and James Yeomans.  Grace Health would like to…

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Peter Chang, MD, MPH Appointed as New CEO of Grace Health

June 22, 2017

Peter Chang, MD, MPH Grace Health Board of Directors announced on June 14, 2017 the appointment of Peter Chang, MD, MPH as the new President/CEO of Grace Health.  He will assume responsibilities on July 1, 2017 and will succeed Dr. A.J. Jones who is retiring at the end of June after over 25 years of service. “The Grace Health Board of Directors is confident that Dr. Chang is the right leader to continue to meet the needs of our patients…

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Grace Health Receives Grant from Lions Club

June 22, 2017

The Battle Creek Cereal City Lions Club provided Grace Health (GH) a $5,000 legacy grant in conjunction with the International Lions Clubs Centennial Celebration. These funds are being used for the purchase of eye glass display cases. GH began providing vision/optometry services in March 2016 and added glasses on June 21, 2017.  Patients are now able to get an eye exam and glasses all at GH.  For those in need, the Lions Club and GH are partnering to establish an…

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Grace Health Opening New Site in Downtown Battle Creek

June 16, 2017

Grace Health’s (GH) new downtown Battle Creek site will open Monday, June 12 – giving GH two locations in Battle Creek. Family Medicine and Behavioral Health services will be provided at the new site located at 62 E. Michigan Avenue.  To begin, GH’s downtown location will be open for walk-ins Monday – Friday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm – no appointment needed.  This new site will allow anyone in the downtown area to easily walk to GH to receive…

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Dr. Jones Retiring from Grace Health

June 16, 2017

A.J. Jones, ND Dr. AJ Jones plans to retire from Grace Health (GH) at the end of June after more than 25 years of service. He started as the Director of Operations in April 1992 and became the President/CEO in August of that same year.  Dr. Jones has been the President/CEO for just over 25 of GH’s 31-year history. When Dr. Jones took over leadership of GH, there were a small number of staff providing care for just over 900…

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Grace Health Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

June 16, 2017

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announced that Grace Health of Battle Creek, MI has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships. The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care, and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of…

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HIMSS Analytics Honors Grace Health with Stage 6 Recognition

January 18, 2017

As of December 2016, 7,622 ambulatory sites tracked by HIMSS Analytics had reached Stage 6 on its Outpatient Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (O-EMRAM). HIMSS Analytics announced Grace Health has achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM). HIMSS Analytics developed the Outpatient EMR Adoption Model in 2012 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities in the HIMSS Analytics® LOGIC™.  Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), ambulatory…

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CenteringParenting Begins at Grace Health

December 21, 2016

Grace Health’s first CenteringParenting group met on December 14. CenteringParenting brings 6-8 moms, partners, support people and their same-age infants together for family-centered care for the child’s first two years of life.   Each CenteringParenting visit includes individual, well-child health assessments, developmental screenings and immunizations along with group discussions and interactive activities that focus on safe sleep, nutrition, development and safety.  This creates an environment to get questions answered and build your confidence as a parent.  The first year includes 6…

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Bronson Battle Creek to Become a Teaching Hospital

November 21, 2016

Bronson Battle Creek (BBC) announced plans to seek designation as a teaching hospital, an effort that will expand healthcare access, aid in the recruitment of new physicians, and support economic vitality in Battle Creek. Bronson Healthcare, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed), and Grace Health are working together to develop a new residency training program in family medicine. Once approved and operational, the Battle Creek residency will be a destination for recent medical school graduates from…

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Grace Health Receives Centering Site Approval

October 25, 2016

Grace Health recently received full approval from the Centering Healthcare Institute as an official Centering site. Per the Centering Healthcare Institute, it is unusual for any site to receive full approval with their initial application. What is Centering? With CenteringPregnancy, women meet with their healthcare provider and other women with similar due dates throughout their pregnancy.  Grace Health started CenteringPregnancy in 2015 with its first group meeting on June 3.  During the first meeting, women spent 2 hours with their…

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Grace Health Once Again Receives Highest Federal Government Rating

October 14, 2016

On October 11 -13, 2016, three surveyors for Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) completed an Operational Site Visit at Grace Health (GH). Since GH is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), there are a total of 19 federal program requirements GH has to meet.  At the end of the assessment, the surveyors gave GH the highest rating and informed GH management and Board of Directors that all 19 program requirements have been met. …

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Healthier Lifestyle – One Step at a Time

September 29, 2016

Wanda Graves tried several weight loss programs which worked for a while; however, she would eventually gain the weight back. In December 2010, she tried a new approach.  Wanda Graves went to Grace Health and began meeting with Amy Dandenault, Holistic Health Educator.  Amy taught her about small changes she could make to improve her health.  The healthy lifestyle changes were done one step at a time – making the goal attainable rather than overwhelming.  In the beginning, Wanda’s first…

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Certified Lactation Counselors at Grace Health

August 2, 2016

Breastmilk is the best milk that can be provided to babies since it contains antibodies that help them fight off viruses and bacteria. However, it has been found that most moms struggle with breastfeeding and want to quit within the first 48-72 hours.  In an effort to help moms with breastfeeding, Grace Health has 3 Certified Lactation Counselors – Rickeshia Hubbard, CLS; Cindy Standish, RN; Robin Powell, RN – and 1 Certified Lactation Consultant – Heather Foulke, CNM – available…

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Grace Health Celebrates 30th Anniversary

July 21, 2016

On July 14, 1986 the North Avenue Women’s Center (now Grace Health) opened its doors for the first time to provide women’s health services in our community. What started as seed faith money from W.K. Kellogg Foundation and a small number of staff providing care for just over 900 patients has now grown to the largest non-profit health center in Calhoun County with over 300 staff members providing care for almost 40,000 patients with more than 140,000 visits expected in…

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