Family Medical Center Hosts 3rd Annual Teddy Bear Care Fair
Family Medical center hosted their 3rd annual Teddy Bear Care Fair (TBCF) on August 12,2017. This yearly event is for kids from the ages of 3-10 and their families to showcase FMC's dental and medical services and to dispel fears for the children about a dental or medical appointment. The child brings their favorite "stuffed pet" who gets an exam and a certificate of wellness that the child can take home. Face painting, pictures with Muddy the Mud Hen and Ronald McDonald, games, bounce house, and prizes and snacks along with a free bike giveaway to 6 lucky kids rounded out the afternoon! A great day was had by families and staff. We cannot wait until the TBCF in 2018!
Family Medical Center has Expanded Services into Wayne County
FMC is proud to announce their newest office located on the campus of "The Guidance Center " 13101 Allen Road Southgate ,MI offering Primary health care. Patients wishing to schedule an appointment at the new location should call (734) 654-2169 and request the Southgate office.
Family Medical Center Receives $1 million to Renovate and Expand the Carleton Office
In 2015, the Health Services Resources Administration has awarded Family Medical Center $1 million to expand the Carleton office and give it a facelift!
The Family Medical Center site in Carleton, MI has become outdated and too small to accommodate the expanded services that now strain the spatial limits of the building. Services at Family Medical Center in Carleton currently include primary care, general dentistry, and behavioral healthcare, as well as Department of Human Services (DHS) assistance services, and the Women, Infants, and Children Program of the Monroe County Health Department. In addition, an integrated behavioral healthcare/primary care program has been implemented.
In order to accommodate Family Medical Center’s partners in the provision of these additional services as well as maintain adequate space to meet the increasing demand for healthcare services in the area, the facility will be expanded. FMC will be adding 2000 square feet to the building as well as renovate the existing space to improve patient flow. Renovations and enhancements will include an upgraded reception area, space for behavioral health telemedicine, and an improved dental area. Construction is expected to begin in July 2016!
Lean for Clinical Redesign
Since February 2015, Family Medical Center of Michigan has been participating in a Lean Project Initiative, a quality improvement initiative in collaboration with the University of Michigan, the Consortium for Independent Physician Associations (CIPA), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA). The initiative, funded by BCBS, is an effort to teach all FMC staff continuous quality improvement methodology, to empower them to take ownership of quality improvement activities with the leadership and guidance of upper management, and to infuse this quality approach into the culture of FMC operations. Lean coaches from the University of Michigan have been working work with select teams from each Family Medical Center site, teaching Lean methodology and coaching teams through self-identified quality improvement projects. Staff involvement and buy-in throughout the process has been tremendous and a cultural transformation in the way FMC manages continuous quality improvement efforts in underway. Senior staff and U of M trainers are currently discussing sustainability and possibilities for maintaining current momentum and staff enthusiasm moving beyond project completion in July.
Family Medical Center Awarded Federal Grant to Expand Behavioral Health Services
In November, 2014 FMC was awarded a $250,000 competitive grant by the federal government to expand behavioral health services and implement an integrated model of primary care and behavioral health care delivery. Click HERE to read more!
2013 Clinician of the Year
In September of 2013, FMC's own Dr. Sin-Ching Chiu was awarded 2013 Clinician of the Year at the annual meeting of the Michigan Primary Care Association. Each year the association presents this award to a clinician for their commitment to quality and excellence in the provision of health care. Dr. Chiu has been practicing at Family Medical Center for over 23 years and provides dedicated leadership to the clinical team as FMC's Medical Director.
Family Medical Center 1st Annual Biking For Fun And Fitness
On August 4th, 2012, Family Medical Center held its first Biking for Fun and Fitness event to promote health awareness and to help Celebrate National Health Center Week. The community turned out, both children and adults to participate. With the assistance of Meridian Health Plan, Family Medical Center was able to have a drawing where bicycles were given to three of the participants.
Family Medical Center Receives Grant for Smoking Cessation
Family Medical Center of Michigan received a grant of $2500 from the Meridian Health Plan to expand its smoking cessation efforts. The smoking cessation program is part of an expanded effort by MFC to offer options for patients to engage in improve health practices. Over the next six months other alternative initiatives for patients including massage therapy will be introduced .
The CEO of Family Medical Center of MI was invited to attend the "fly-in" to Washington DC to meet with key legislators to discuss issues related to Medicaid and and potential changes in funding for Community Health Centers due to the deliberations by 12 congressman to cut the federal budget. The fly-in was attended by selected community health leaders who were tasked to meet with influential congressional leaders. We met with several White House staffers to voice concern about the potential reductions in funding to CHCs.
Behavioral Health/Primary Health Integration and Expansion
The Behavioral Health/Primary Health Integrated care project expanded at Family Medical Center of MI's clinics and is now operating at all FMC clinics. With the assistance of the Monroe County Mental Health Authority and the Lenawee County Mental Health Authority, case workers, peer support specialists and a part-time psychiatrist will work with Family Medical Center of MI's primary care providers to extend behavioral health services to the Center's patient's.
In February, Family Medical Center’s Board of Directors President, Dave Brown and Ed Larkins, CEO/Executive Director attended the National Association of Community Health Centers Policy Issue Forum in Washington D.C. During the meeting, Mr. Brown and Mr. Larkins had the opportunity to meet with key political officials from Michigan, including Senators Levin and Stabenow. The senators spoke about their support of federally qualified community health centers and the impact of federal health reform legislation on centers like Family Medical Center.