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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
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Congressman Dan Benishek to attend Grand Re-opening of Newly Renovated Hornet Health Center in Pellston

Congressman Dan Benishek will be in Pellston on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 1:45 pm, to attend the Grand Opening of the newly renovated Hornet Health Center. The Hornet Health Center is a school-based health center operated by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan and located in the Pellston Middle/High School. Renovations to the Hornet Health Center include the addition of a small group room and a second exam room to the existing clinic, as well as upgrades to equipment, including the implementation of electronic medical record software.

Funding for these upgrades was made possible by a $141,853 grant awarded by the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to improve access to basic primary health care for school-aged children, many of whom have no other sources of care. In addition to the federal support, the renovations were supported locally through a $2,500 grant from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation.

“These renovations will allow us to maximize the number of youth we serve annually by improving clinic flow, and the upgrade to electronic medical records places us at the forefront of primary care service,” said Erika Van Dam, Family & Community Health Supervisor at the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. “We are so thankful to have received both federal and local support for these upgrades.”

School-based health centers bring access to health care right where the students are—at school. According to the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan, school-based health centers have been shown to markedly improve educational outcomes and are a cost-effective, evidence-based model for providing health care to students.

In addition to the Hornet Health Center in Pellston which serves students 5 through 21, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan also operates the Ironmen Health Center, on the campus of Mancelona Public Schools, serving adolescents age 10 through 21. There is no charge for services at the school-based health centers. Clients do not need to be enrolled in Pellston or Mancelona schools to use the clinics. For more information, contact Van Dam at 231-347-5832.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties.