(The Daily News) From left, Spectrum Health United Memorial Director of Marketing & Communications Jennifer DenOuden, Practice Manger Jodi Aniszko and United Lifestyles Executive Director Jodie Faber stand outside the new Lakeview Youth Clinic.
New Clinic to Help Young Adults in Michigan
NOVEMBER 02, 2011Elisabeth Waldon, The Daily NewsLakeview, Michigan adolescents soon will have a new resource to receive primary medical care.The Lakeview Youth Clinic will open Thursday in the medical services building at Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital in downtown Lakeview.The Daily NewsThe idea has been in the works for several years and is now a reality, thanks to a $175,000 annual grant for five years from the Michigan Department of Community Health.Lakeview was chosen as the recipient of the grant due to the proximity between Kelsey Hospital and Lakeview Community Schools. The nearest similar youth clinic is in Baldwin, 60 miles away.The Lakeview Youth Clinic will be open to anyone age 10 to 21 and will address medical, social-emotional and developmental needs of adolescents. No youth will be turned away regardless of inability to pay.Spectrum Health's United Lifestyles Executive Director Jodie Faber applied for the grant in 2008."We've had so much feedback about this, such a positive response," she said. "It's just another example of community collaboration. We hope to help youth from all communities find people and services to meet their unique needs in a confidential setting."The clinic will have a youth-friendly feel with decorating being done by Lakeview students. A bright green canopy was donated by the Greenville Country Club and serves as a landmark for the entrance located near Kelsey Hospital's emergency room. The Greenville Area Community Foundation and Meijer Healthy Children's Fund donated some of the clinic's start-up costs.Dr. Lory Read will serve as medical director and provide physician oversight. Clinical services will be provided by a mid-level practitioner, a registered nurse liaison and a medical social worker. Kelsey Hospital Chief Operating Officer Brian Brasser will be director of the clinic, while Jodi Aniszko will be program coordinator."One of the main goals of the Lakeview Youth Clinic is to provide care to teens that are uninsured or underinsured," Aniszko said. "While we will accept all insurances, we know that many local teens might not have access to coverage. Because of this, our team will work with patients to cover medical costs through a sliding fee scale as well as Medicaid assistance."Lakeview Community Schools administration and staff are excited for the clinic to open."Our students will now have greater access to professionals and programs they can use to better their lives," said Lakeview Elementary School Principal Sara Shriver. "We are thrilled to partner with Kelsey Hospital in giving our local youth the education and tools they need to make wise choices and instill lifelong wellness habits."The Lakeview Youth Clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. For more information, call (989) 352-1800. A community open house is being planned and will be announced at a future date.A Community Advisory Committee has also been created to develop goals and build support for the clinic and its mission. The committee consists of parents, students, local businesses and service organizations.
Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to call Aniszko at (989) 352-1765.
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