close

IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS OR NEED IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PLEASE CONTACT:

Emergencies: Dial 911  •  Health Project Mainline: 231.672.3201  •  Health Project Toll-Free: 1.866.671.4819

Community Benefit Model

What is Community Benefit?

Community Benefit is the health improvement services provided to the community through investments by the hospitals, based on the Community Health Needs Assessment. Once every three years the hospitals engage with a broad spectrum of community experts to identify the health needs of the community served by the hospital. Those needs are then prioritized and serve as the basis for the hospital’s implementation plan to address the community health needs. These needs consist of four general categories of health services funded by the hospital; uncompensated care, medical education, medical research, and community programs. Spending levels in each category reflect the needs of the community. Uncompensated care is the highest need in the Muskegon community with so many residents either uninsured or under insured. As a result, the hospital reported spending over $4 million on uncompensated care in 2008.

In addition to uncompensated care, the hospital funds many community programs through the Muskegon Community Health Project. In October 2009 the Health Project merged with Mercy Health Partners to serve as the community benefit arm of the health system. In 2009 more than 5,600 individuals received services from the Health Project through programs focused on; health and wellness education, chronic disease management, providing access to health care, assistance with medical and dental care for the uninsured, health navigation and advocacy assistance to individuals, and prescription pharmaceutical assistance to those unable to access medications.

The Health Project’s community benefit is embedded in the broad network of collaborative partnerships to ensure that the health needs of the community can be addressed through a fully integrated health delivery system. To see how the Health Project organizes and manages the delivery of its community benefit programs and services, view the Community Benefit Collaborative Structure chart, or view the Health Project’s Community Benefit Model itself.

 

upcoming events

Oct 28, 2017

Fall 2017 Medication Take Back Event

The Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program (MAMDP) is hosting their Fall Medication Take-Back Event from 9am-1pm at Muskegon Fire Department on Terrace Street. Over the past 7 …

Nov 1, 2017

ACA Health Insurance Enrollment Opens Nov 1

Paperwork can be difficult to navigate. We can assist you with applying for health coverage, state assistance programs, finding a doctor, and other health and human services, …

Dec 7, 2017

Medicare Enrollment Assistance Available

Enrollment is open from October 15-December 7. Paperwork can be difficult to navigate. We can assist you with applying for Medicare, state assistance programs, finding a doctor, …

our services

The Health Project provides a number of direct services to eligible members of the community. These services include the following programs:

community spotlight

Meet Aimee Taylor

Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist for Mercy Health McClees Clinic

Aimee took interest in the McClees Clinic in 2015 after catching wind of a new position close to her heart. Mercy Health is one of fifteen AIDS Service Organizations that receives funding through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to offer a Tobacco Reduction Program for people living with HIV.

what’s happening

Drug Free Communities of Muskegon County

Held their Strategic planning session to help identify substance abuse issues that face our youth.

The Coalition for a Drug Free Muskegon County is nearing the completion …

Charted Releases New Advance Care Directives Resources to the Community.

Charted Healthcare Planning Coalition is introducing a new advance directive and is increasing its effort to see more completed advance directives in our region. The new advance …

Health Project Announces Community Benefit Board Initiative Grantees

Funds support initiatives that address health needs identified in recent Community Health Needs Assessment

The Health Project’s Advisory Board of Directors announced their grantee recipients of the …

staff highlight

Meet Rachel McCoy

Collaborating with the Drug Free Muskegon coalition to reduce substance abuse.

help tool

Let us help you by answering a few questions…

Do you have a doctor?
Yes
No

Let us help you by answering a few questions…

Do you have health coverage or insurance?
Yes
No

Let us help you by answering a few questions…

Would you like information on how to quit smoking?
Yes No

Let us help you by answering a few questions…

Are you having trouble getting or taking your medications?
Yes No

Answer a few quick questions to the left and helpful links will appear in this area to help you find what you need. If you have any questions, please contact us.

That should do it. The links on the right should help you find what you need. If you still need help, please feel free to contact us.

Quick
Links