Saginaw-based Health Delivery, Inc. is getting a big shot in the arm. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces an $800,000 grant Thursday, sparking an expansion into rural areas.
Dorothy Reyes understands the importance of seeing a primary care doctor on a regular basis.
â??I have nerve damage in my face from Bells Palsy,â?? says Reyes.
Dorothy and her son travel from Bay City to Saginaw to see their doctor.
â??I actually like the doctors better here,â?? says Reyes. â??They're more caring and understanding and they listen to your problems,â?? she adds.
â??They make me feel happy,â?? says Mark Griffin, Dorothyâ??s son.
Now, more Michiganders will have the opportunity to see primary care physicians--thanks to a federal grant.
â??Iâ??m really excited for them because if they're like the doctors here then they're going to have great care,â?? says Reyes.
Health Delivery of Saginaw is expanding into Huron and Shiawassee counties.
â??It is really one of the few places that patients can go with low-income or minimal insurance and get quality care,â?? says Dr. Gregory Pinnell, a staff physician for Health Delivery.
Health Delivery will open two new centers in Huron County and adding dental care in Owosso.
â??Itâ??s going to help a lot of people who probably haven't had access or reasonable access to primary care ever,â?? says
And even a kid will tell you, having a primary care doctor makes all the difference.
â??I think that's going to be great,â?? says Griffin.
The grants are made available through The Affordable Care Act.
Centers in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Traverse City will also receive the federal funding.