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.