Christian Healthcare Centers and Specialists announces Expansion
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH (May 2, 2022) Christian Healthcare Centers (CHC) and its subsidiary, Christian Healthcare Specialists (CHS), a Grand Rapids-based nonprofit medical services organization in operation since 2017, announce the Grand Opening of a second location in West Michigan, a brand-new facility located at 53 West Wood Street in the City of Newaygo.
The new 8,150 sq. ft. facility will expand CHC’s model of direct primary care (family medicine, x-ray, labs, medication dispensary) and feature several direct pay surgical specialties (general surgery, hand and plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery). Specialists will provide a variety of in-office procedures and minor surgeries in a medically underserved community.
“Since our founding, we envisioned operating multiple offices throughout West Michigan. The Newaygo office moves this vision forward,” said Mark Blocher, co-founder, President, and CEO. CHC and CHS serve a diverse patient population, with patients coming from 32 different Michigan counties. “This new office allows us to provide convenient, affordable services to patients from several rural counties that experience ongoing healthcare shortages.”
CHC utilizes a subscription-based model of care where, in lieu of insurance, patients receive unlimited primary care in exchange for a monthly fee. No co-pays, deductibles, or exclusions for pre-existing conditions. “We are open to anyone. Our only enrollment criteria is that the patient has a pulse,” said Blocher. “We provide concierge-level care for the cost of a cell phone bill. It’s like staying at a five-star hotel for the price of a two-star motel. We prioritize being affordable, convenient, and personalized in the care we provide.”
Specialist services utilize simplified, bundled pricing, with fees published on the organization’s website (www.chspecialists.org). There are no surprise bills because patients know the cost of a procedure before it is scheduled.
“Direct care is an option for people who want affordable, comprehensive primary care, x-ray, labs, low-cost prescription drugs and minor outpatient surgery without having to purchase a high premium, high deductible health insurance plan with limited networks or having to depend on government managed health care, although our surgeons do par with some insurance plans.” Blocher said.
The Newaygo office is staffed by two primary care practitioners and features several surgical specialists to provide general surgery, orthopedic, and plastic surgery services to both self-pay and insured patients. Ted VanderKooi, a general surgeon and Newaygo County resident said, “It has been my dream to be part of an organization that would allow me to provide more affordable care to my own community and beyond. Other surgeons are excited to partner with us.”
An official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 10 at 10:00 AM at 53 West Wood Street in Newaygo. A public Open House is scheduled from 4-7 PM.