Patti Zull, CNM recently received the 2021 Compassionate Physician / Advanced Practice Provider of the Year Award from Bronson Healthcare Group. This award is given in recognition of Physicians / Advanced Practice Providers who demonstrate compassion in their relationship with patients which makes an enormous difference in their patient’s lives. Congratulations Patti! Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our patients and our community!
Each year HRSA (Health Information and Services Administration) Health Center Program awardees are required to report a core set of information in the UDS (Uniform Data System). Grace Health recently received the following Community Health Center Quality Recognition (CHQR) Badges for all of their quality initiatives and reporting: Advancing HIT (Health Information Technology) for Quality, COVID-19 Data Reporter, COVID-19 Testing, and PCMH (Patient Centered Medical Home). To learn more and see measures Grace Health reports on, visit HRSA’s website
Starting Monday, September 20, 2021, you may receive a flu vaccine at Grace Health regardless if you are a patient or not.
Options for receiving the flu vaccine at Grace Health:
- If you are a patient, call (269) 965-8866 to schedule an appointment
- Come to Grace Health Pharmacy Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm; no appointment needed. This option is open to everyone, regardless if you are a Grace Health patient or not.
The Battle Creek Cereal City Lions Club presented Grace Health a $1,000 gift for Optometry/Vision Care to assist patients in need of eyeglasses. Grace Health began providing vision/optometry services in March 2016 and added glasses on June 21, 2017. Patients may get an eye exam and glasses all at Grace Health. For those in need, the Cereal City Lions Club and Grace Health are partnering with the Cereal City Eyeglass Program to provide free glasses to qualifying individuals.
To learn more about Grace Health and services provided, visit the website at www.gracehealthmi.org.
Lions Clubs International has been championing the cause of the blind and visually impaired for over 100 years. Locally, the Lions provide service for the visually impaired through KidSight testing, low vision support groups, and monetary support for glasses through Grace Health. They also collect used glasses for foreign missions in collection boxes throughout Battle Creek. To learn more about these services, or how you can serve, contact the Cereal City Lions at firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook page @cerealcitylions, or website at www.e-Clubhouse.org/sites/battlecreekcc/
The MolinaCares Accord (“MolinaCares”) in collaboration with Molina Healthcare recently presented a $2,000 check to Grace Health’s School-Based Health Centers. The funds will be used to purchase two portable vaccine freezers in support of home well-child exams for children who have fallen behind on annual exams and vaccinations.
Eat good, feel good! The Food Bank Council of Michigan teamed up with South Michigan Food Bank and Grace Health to address food insecurity and encourage healthy lifestyles with the launch of the Grace Health Fresh Food Pharmacy in Battle Creek.
Grace Health serves over 30,000 patients in Calhoun county and surrounding areas. A federally-qualified health center, Grace Health is focused on meeting the health care needs of underserved people in the community. “We are honored to partner with Grace Health to improve the health and well-being of those in need in the Battle Creek community,” said Peter Vogel, CEO of the South Michigan Food Bank. “We know that we can demonstrate great impact by working together.”
Made possible by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, this six-month pilot program “prescribes” home-delivered healthy food boxes for Grace Health patients every two weeks. In addition, the program offers healthy lifestyle coaching, check-ins, and support for cooking and eating healthy foods.
Eligible patients include those who manage a chronic health condition, such as diabetes or heart disease, that can improve with a healthy diet. They also must have difficulty accessing healthy food and have the ability and interest to cook fresh foods and attend coaching sessions.
“The Grace Health Fresh Food Pharmacy continues the great work of our food banks, in partnership with their community’s healthcare organizations, to address food security as a social determinant of health,” said Dr. Dawn Opel, director of research & strategic initiatives and general counsel of the Food Bank Council of Michigan. “Working with our entire network, we seek to sustainably implement this food box prescription model in healthcare settings across the state.”
Enrollment begins in February with a fresh food mobile distribution kickoff event funded by the Consumers Energy Foundation at Grace Health (181 West Emmett Street in Battle Creek), on Jan. 28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This mobile food distribution is available to anyone in the community in need of food. Those interested in the food pharmacy program should contact Grace Health staff at 269-965-8866 who will connect them with a program intake coordinator.
For more information on the Food Bank Council of Michigan, visit www.fbcmich.org.
Founded in 1984, the Food Bank Council of Michigan was created to implement a unified strategy to address and alleviate hunger statewide. FBCM works with its regional food banks and over 2,800 hunger relief agencies, private companies, farmers, state and federal officials, and other allies to make sure no Michigander goes without food. For more information about the Food Bank Council of Michigan, visit www.fbcmich.org or call 517.485.1202.
Grace Health partners with CareerStep for its Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program. During the Apprenticeship Program, staff learn all the skills needed to be a successful Medical Assistant including the education and hands-on experience to sit for the Medical Assistant exam to become a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant. CareerStep and Grace Health’s Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program were recently mentioned in Market Watch. Click here to view the article.