New Catherine’s Health Center CEO overseeing Kent County expansions

Megan Erskine is overseeing Catherine’s Health and fitness Heart’s prepared expansions in Kent County three months right after settling in as CEO.&#13

The nonprofit care supplier strategies to open up a clinic in August on 36th Road in Wyoming the place it already has a dental clinic. In December, the organization programs to open the Streams of Hope campus in Gaines Township that will include health-related, behavioral and dental care. Both of those expansions were being planned prior to Erskine’s spring appointment as CEO.



Megan Erskine.
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Catherine’s Wellness Heart served about 1,800 individuals in 2021 and is on observe to serve 4,000 in 2022, Erskine said. The center’s goal is to serve 19,000 sufferers annually inside of a few yrs through the expansion of clinics and partnerships.&#13

“There are even now communities or spots of Kent County that are not becoming served absolutely and that’s where we want to go,” she mentioned. “There are nonetheless precise populations that have unmet requirements, exclusively the homeless populace and the refugee populace.”&#13

Catherine’s Wellness Heart delivers main, behavioral health and fitness and dental treatment, as properly as well being promotion and ailment avoidance expert services to uninsured and underserved people. In addition to the new clinics, Catherine’s Health Middle options to go into telehealth.&#13

Backed with $200,000 in grant funding above two decades from the Michigan Overall health Endowment, moreover $42,000 from the Blue Cross Blue Protect of Michigan Foundation, Catherine’s Wellbeing Center will open a telehealth suite at a Mel Trotter Ministries clinic to supply digital psychiatry companies. Erskine hopes extra “digital micro-suites” for telehealth can comply with the Mel Trotter undertaking.&#13

“Being nimble, agile and little will permit us to do some genuinely impressive do the job that does not always demand a brick-and-mortar buildout,” Erskine stated.

Erskine joined Catherine’s Wellness Heart on April 12 from Heartland Well being Facilities in Chicago, the place she served as main running officer. A Grand Ledge indigenous, she succeeded longtime CEO Karen Kaashoek, who retired right after far more than 20 several years with Catherine’s Wellbeing Heart. Heartland and Catherine’s are both of those federally certified wellness facilities.&#13

Considering the fact that arriving in Grand Rapids, Erskine has figured out of the superior benefit that the West Michigan marketplace spots on collaboration and partnerships. Erskine appears to companion even further with companies that previously have the have faith in of their shoppers, she claimed.&#13

In digital psychiatry, “we’re leveraging the have confidence in that Mel Trotter has with their clientele, and … integrating with the pre-current clinic and supplying a services that’s definitely required for individuals,” Erskine said.&#13

“It’s a really good design. If it goes perfectly … it would be a definitely fantastic product to distribute to other service organizations,” she reported. “It’s a low-charge, very low-funds stress for us, especially as we’re growing and making an attempt to be great stewards of our assets.”&#13

EDITOR’S Take note: This story has been corrected to say that Catherine’s Wellness Center was supported by a $42,000 grant from the Blue Cross Blue Protect of Michigan Foundation, not Blue Cross Blue Defend of Michigan.&#13

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