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 and the community we serve,” says Board Chair, Rose Miller.
When Dr. Chang came to Battle Creek 23 years ago, he wanted to live in a smaller town with strong values. He joined Grace Health’s team in 1994 as a Family Practice Physician because he believes it is important to treat patients as people – not conditions. This belief aligns with Grace Health’s mission – We provide quality health care with the belief that all individuals have the right to considerate service at all times, with recognition of their personal dignity – and is evident in the care he has provided for our community over the years. He plans to lead Grace Health by continuing to focus on patients and helping to build a healthier community.
Dr. Chang served as Grace Health’s Chief Medical Officer from 1996 until November 2009 while continuing to provide care for patients on a daily basis. In January 2016, Dr. Chang resumed the position of Vice President/CMO. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and became Board Certified by the American Board of Family Practice. Dr. Chang also obtained a degree in the Executive Masters Program in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan.
Grace Health (GH), formerly known as Family Health Center of Battle Creek, has been providing health care to Calhoun County, MI residents since 1986. GH is a dually-designated FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center: Community Health Center and Health Care for Homeless provider). GH’s target populations are un(der)served, low/no income and un(der)insured persons. GH sees patients of all ages (both male and female), all races and ethnicities. In 2016, GH provided more than 133,900 services for just over 31,000 individuals, approx. 23% of the county’s population (70.3% uninsured or w/Medicaid coverage), averaging 530 new patients monthly. GH currently employs a staff of over 320. GH services include: Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Dental, Behavioral Health, ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat), Optometry/Vision Care, Podiatry and Physical Therapy.