Prompted by concerns over healthcare access and the working poor, Creston neighborhood organizers discussed establishment of a health clinic.
St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Alphonsus Parish, and the Creston Neighborhood Association establish Catherine’s Care Center as a result of the discussions. For the first few years Catherine’s was nurse run clinic in the basement of St. Aplphonsus Parish. We offered immunizations, health education, and free screenings for children. Saint Mary’s provided intermittent physician support.
Catherine’s offered our first regularly-scheduled physician appointments for free medical services.
Catherine’s Obtained 501(C)(3) nonprofit status.
The Opening Doors campaign was begun to raise funds moving out of the parish basement. At that time we changed our name to “Catherine’s Health Center” to clarify the identity the clarity and focus of the clinic.
After much hard work, dedication, and generous support from donors and volunteers. The Opening Doors Campaign exceeded its goal. Catherine’s relocated from its original basement to a LEED® Gold certified, renovated section of the former St. Alphonsus School. This move expanded Catherine’s space nearly six-fold, allowing us to develop new office practices, bring in more volunteers, accept new patients, and increase programming capacity.
Catherine’s received the Torch Award for Ethics from the Better Business Bureau of West Michigan.
In light of the Affordable Care Act and Michigan’s Medicaid Expansion, Catherine’s began offering Health Insurance Navigation services in order to enroll qualifying patients and community members in affordable health coverage.
Catherine’s integrated Behavioral Health services into our care team in order to provide holistic care that treats the whole person.
Catherine’s earned designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center Look Alike.
As part of a grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, Catherine’s began mentoring other organizations nation-wide on how to start and operate a community-based heart health program.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Catherine’s launched telemedicine and on-site COVID-19 testing.
Catherine’s earned designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center.
Catherine’s Health Center provides primary medical services five days a week. With a growing staff and volunteer base, Catherine’s continues to work diligently to provide free and low-cost medical services, completing more than 7,000 patient contacts each year.
Anticipating the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, we positioned the organization early on to meet the needs of low-income, disenfranchised people by participating with the navigator program and by partnering with select third-party payers. We are currently monitoring reliable sources of healthcare policy and funding information to remain prepared and to implement any needed changes.
Catherine’s continues to rely on the generosity of the community to assure health care for some of its most vulnerable residents. We steward funds carefully and value our relationships with community organizations who offer education, support, and other health-related services.