Your Impact

The everyday miracle

The Cherry Health strategy is very simple.  We design solutions that specifically address barriers to care and create safe havens for health needs. Unfortunately, the care that achieves the best outcomes is not always fully funded or reimbursed. This means we count on our donors stepping in, providing excellent care rather than “better than nothing” care. Our Annual Donor Impact Report shares how you helped and who you helped through your support of Cherry Health Foundation. On behalf of the 76,000 patients at Cherry Health, thank you.

Care Team. Two Simple Words That Mean Everything.

A gift to Cherry Health Foundation allows someone in our community to receive needed care. Many of our patients have little or no other access to health care, and would not be able to receive services without your support!

With Cherry Health’s integrated approach to health care, it takes a team to improve lives. In our locations, the entire care team meets in a “huddle” to determine how best to serve each patient. From the doctors and pharmacists to the counselors, social workers, and receptionists, everyone’s action is needed. With the care team, our patients are treated as whole, complex individuals, who work and hope for better health.

As a donor to Cherry Health, you are part of the Foundation’s “huddle.” Cherry Health Foundation’s Care Team is a lead group of donors whose annual investments make access to essential, quality health care possible. The Foundation’s Care Team knows that it takes all of us to create a healthy community.

Thank you for considering how your investment in Cherry Health Foundation may change lives! For more stories of impact, please take a look at our triannual newsletter Health, Hope & Opportunity, linked below.

Make an Impact

Take a look at our recent featured patient impact story and ways you can be part of the “huddle” by joining the Care Team, below.

Meet Chrystal.

Most days, Chrystal spends hours on the bus, transferring from route to route —hours to work and hours back.
Sometimes, it is too much time alone with her thoughts.
She works two jobs to cover her living expenses. Between her work as a cashier at the drugstore and her second job offering samples at the members only discount warehouse, she is able to barely cover her rent, food, utilities, and bus passes to get back and forth to work.
She lives with several health challenges, including bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and chronic pain, plus she is a domestic violence survivor. She has lived through many traumatic moments, only to pick herself up and get back to navigating her future.
For Chrystal, access to the right health care—Cherry Health’s Maple Health Home Sage Team—is invaluable.
“Without [my therapist] Barb and the Sage Team, I would not be able to
function,” explains Chrystal. “The counseling I get, the medications I’m on—they keep me moving forward.”

A few years ago, fleeing her abusive relationship, she arrived in Grand Rapids seeking help for her mental health. She was referred to Cherry Health. The intake team thought she would be a good candidate for a new way Cherry Health was providing care—“a behavioral health home.”
By co-locating and directly connecting all aspects of a patient’s care—counseling, psychiatry, primary care and case management—a unified approach empowered a care team. This innovative concept intrigued Chrystal, who was open to trying anything that could help her feel and function better. She decided that she would join Maple Health Home’s care.

It worked. Now, she is routed by her team on the road to wellness.
“One of my biggest fears is not being able to afford this kind of care. It’s been the only way I could manage all the complicated parts of who I am. I’m
better because Barb helps me deal with my pain inside and my doctor helps me with the physical pain. Having the team work with me on all that I am is what helped make me whole again.”

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Join the Care Team

Care Team members receive exclusive communications about the impact of their giving. They also receive special recognition, private tours, and opportunities to connect through dedicated events.

This extraordinary group aids vulnerable Cherry Health patients, 97% of whom are impoverished or at or below minimum wage. In the examples below, see the annual impact you make as a part of the Foundation’s Care Team.

To learn more or make a gift,
or call Anna Goddard Clifford, CFRM, Director of Development, at 616.965.8217.

Comprehensive $5,000 or more

Creates access for 1 family of 5 to complete primary care (medical, dental, vision & counseling).

There are over 800,000 patient visits a year at Cherry Health locations.

Continuum $2,500

Allows 1 school-based health center support team to care for children right in their school.

Cherry Health operates 5 health centers inside schools, with nearly 17,500 dental, medical, and counseling visits per year.

Integration $1,500

Provides 10 patients with emergency walk-in dental visits.

Of the more than 85,000 dental appointments for Cherry Health patients, 7,300 are emergency procedures.

Access $1,000

Starts 1 opioid addicted patient’s medication assisted treatment (MAT).

Research has proven that MAT reduces fatality by 50% or more. Cherry Health serves approximately 1,500 patients annually with MAT.



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