Now more than ever, we need to ensure that everyone in our community is counted in the 2020 Census. Funding for healthcare that supports centers like ours is one of the largest parts of Census-directed funding. The count also helps researchers predict disease rates during a pandemic like COVID-19.
The Census is designed for people to respond on their own, which means that you can respond right now in the comfort of your home.
Follow this link to fill out the form in about 10 minutes. You also call 844-330-2020 to respond by phone.
Just like you, we are looking forward to a recovery out of this crisis – even as we wonder what that future will look like for businesses, families, healthcare and communities. The future of health has changed and will take even more resources. Our centers will see increased demand for essential primary care services, dental and behavioral health care. We must be ready to meet the needs of patients who have had to delay routine care. We anticipate a surge in mental health needs across the region, and we are already planning about how to help meet these needs. Healthcare will need to be more mobile, more virtual, more flexible and more accessible. This is who we are and what we do. We change lives because we care.
You can help save and change lives now:
Our patients and our centers continue to face challenges.
Please consider a new gift, adding to your pledge or making an early gift toward your pledge. We are experiencing a loss in revenue with fewer patients able to come for visits, along with increased expenses at testing sites. Thank you for the meals for staff, protective equipment and funds from new donors, vendors and sustaining donors.
Donate online at www.greatlakesbayhealthcenters.org/donate or contact Jill Armentrout to find out about other ways to give. Mail checks to Changing Lives, 501 Lapeer, Saginaw MI 48607
Meeting needs now:
Our communities are depending on us to provide emergency dental care which very few other dentists are offering at this time; counseling during a time when anxiety, depression, and difficulty with relationships are rampant; providing nutrition assistance and aid when stress and lack of funds often leads to unhealthy diet choices; and medical care and every other service that we provide that is even harder to come by than normal. Our vans are delivering critical medications from our pharmacies. Providers have done more than 5,000 telehealth visits. Patients are so happy that we are here to answer the phone and just listen to them.
COVID sample collection sites:
We continue to take a lead in community testing with three drive-through sample collection sites in parking lots at our centers in Saginaw, Bad Axe and Bay City. Telehealth screenings allow us to offer tests to anyone with symptoms. We’ve collected more than 450 samples for testing and results are coming faster. Call our hotline at (989) 293-3492 for more information.
Stay well and stay safe. We are here for our communities and know our donors will be here to help us accomplish our mission together.
Here at Great Lakes Bay Health Centers, we understand that it can be a challenge for patients in our community to find a dentist to treat their emergent dental needs and pain. Though we have suspended all of our regularly scheduled non-emergent treatment and preventive care, Great Lakes Bay Health Centers dental clinics are open to treat patients experiencing pain, swelling, bleeding, or other emergent dental problems. In order to maintain a safe environment for all staff and patients, please call to schedule an appointment so we can make the safest arrangements to see you. Please see the following list of our locations:
GLBHC Dental Sites:
GLBHC Bayside 3884 Monitor Rd, Bay City, MI 48706 989.922.5650
GLBHC Imlay City 6800 Newark Rd STE 400, Imlay City, MI 48444 810.721.7453
GLBHC Shiawassee 200 Caledonia, Owosso, MI 48867 989.720.4188
GLBHC Thumb Area 876 N Van Dyke Rd., Bad Axe, MI 48413 989.331.0555
GLBHC Warren Avenue 321 N Warren Avenue, Saginaw, MI 48607 989.754.7771
Great Lakes Bay Health Centers continue to serve as a vital part of our community’s health care safety net during this emergency. By maintaining our ability to treat patients, we can help relieve some of the congestion of patients seeking treatment at our local hospitals.
Although the number of patients we are seeing is reduced, we are still caring for thousands of vulnerable people across the region who need our support to manage chronic illnesses such as diabetes and asthma; to maintain healthy pregnancies or take care of new babies; to receive necessary dental treatment and to continue behavioral health counseling in this stressful time. We can listen to them, address their fears and help them stay home.
Many of our care providers are using telehealth options to conduct virtual visits and counseling with hundreds of patients. Some services are temporarily unavailable so we can protect our staff and patients as much as possible.
We are partnering with the Saginaw County Health Department to provide drive-through Covid-19 sample collection for testing in the parking lot of our downtown Saginaw Administrative offices. This started March 24 with staff set up with a tent and our dental bus. We also have volunteer students from CMU Medical School assisting with logistics.
Anyone from the community is able to get a sample taken at the site but must have a lab order from a provider. We are working with Quest labs to test the samples. Demand for the service continues to build and the site will be open from 9 am to 3 pm weekdays. Soon we will be able to use telehealth to screen people who don’t have a doctor but are struggling with symptoms. We also are working to expand to other counties.
Care providers and all staff at Great Lakes Bay Health Centers are stepping up tremendously to keep centers operating safely for themselves and patients. We are following the guidelines of the CDC and the Governor’s orders. They are on the front lines of the crisis. Sometimes that means bringing in staff at 8 pm on a Sunday to prepare and set up for operations under new conditions. As one manager said: “We will continue to work together as a team and get through this safely one day at a time.”
How can I help?
Patients need your support: We so appreciate your support of our mission to change lives – and to save lives. This is a very challenging time for everyone. It puts unique pressures on our healthcare system. This emergency is putting our health centers at risk because we are not able to see as many regular patients, and we are facing unanticipated costs. Please consider making a donation now at greatlakesbayhealthcenters.org/donate
Please contact Jill Armentrout at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (989) 759-6479 if you have other questions or thoughts.
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