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Grace Health and Summit Pointe Strengthen Their Strategic Partnership!

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Grace Health and Summit Pointe share a common goal of providing patients with the healthcare, resources, and supports needed to reach their full potential for health and well-being.  By partnering together, they can better serve the community by increasing collaboration and creating an integrated model of care that combines physical and behavioral health services.

Over the past two years, Grace Health and Summit Pointe have strengthened their referral process, with care teams working closely together to ensure patients have access to primary care and behavioral and mental health care.  Grace Health’s medical staff provides primary care services, and the Behavioral Health team treats mild to moderate behavioral and mental health disorders.  When a patient’s risk and complexity of needs warrants higher level intervention, they are treated by Summit Pointe’s medical team until the patient’s condition is better managed and can be referred to Grace Health.  Historically, it has been difficult for each organization to provide effective, high-quality care alone.  Combining primary care with behavioral/mental health services and expertise will increase the quality of care and improve patient outcomes over their lifespan.

With smooth referral processes, and with care teams that are working closely together, Grace Health and Summit Pointe are working to further strengthen their model by partnering in medication management. Together, they can increase access to health screenings, medication reviews, and behavioral and mental health evaluations.  Over the next few months, Grace Health and Summit Pointe will be partnering to build a Grace Health Pharmacy that will be located at Summit Pointe’s College Street office. By having an on-site pharmacy at Summit Pointe’s College Street location, both the provider and patient can easily talk with the pharmacist, gain a better understanding of medications, when medications should be taken, dangers of sharing medications, and receive help in preventing drug interactions.  Until the new pharmacy is open, prescriptions will be filled by Grace Health’s main site pharmacy. To easily transfer prescriptions to Grace Health Pharmacy, call (269) 441-6774.  Grace Health Pharmacy offers delivery service, custom packing, and medication management services.

 

Grace Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center, has been providing health care services in Calhoun County since 1986.  In 2022, just over 96,000 visits were provided for more than 27,000 patients.  Grace Health services include Family Practice, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Dental, Behavioral Health, Optometry/Vision Care, Physical Therapy, Podiatry, and Pharmacy.  For more information about Grace Health, visit www.gracehealthmi.org or call (269) 965-8866.

For over half a century, Summit Pointe has provided behavioral health resources and support for individuals with developmental disabilities.  We have helped over 9,000 residents of Calhoun County a year gain independence, enhance skills necessary for success and maximize potential by providing evidence-based treatment services. Summit Pointe values partnerships, community, and service.   Visit https://www.summitpointe.org/ or call us at 269.966.1460 to learn more.

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Patti Zull, CNM Recognized by Bronson

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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!

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Grace Health Receives Community Health Center Quality Recognition (CHQR) Badges

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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

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Flu Vaccine Now Available

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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.
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Grace Heath Receives Gift from Lions Club

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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 cerealcitylions@gmail.com, Facebook page @cerealcitylions, or website at www.e-Clubhouse.org/sites/battlecreekcc/

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Partnership Aims to Improve Health Through Food Boxes, Lifestyle Coaching

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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.

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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.

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