New Spectrum Health Clinic Improves Primary Care Access

Posted at 11:58 AM, Aug 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-02 11:58:43-04

spectrumGRAND RAPIDS,Mich. — The Spectrum Health Medical Group Community Medicine Clinic (CMC) will open on Monday, August 5. It will serve patients who have had a hard time finding a doctor to oversee their medical care, many because of insurance concerns.

“We know that having a personal doctor positively impacts overall health. This clinic will open the door to primary care for patients who have challenges finding that level of care,” said Kenneth J. Fawcett, Jr., MD, interim president, Spectrum Health Medical Group.

The clinic is located at 75 Sheldon Boulevard SE, Suite 101, in Grand Rapids, next to the Spectrum Health Medical Group Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM). The CIM was established in 2011 for patients with special health needs who frequently used hospital emergency departments for their medical care. The CIM helps these patients integrate into primary care and other traditional outpatient medical settings. Many of these patients will now be able to receive their primary care through the new Community Medicine Center.

Eric Bouwens, MD, will be the first physician working in the new clinic. Additional providers will join the practice during the next few months. Dr. Bouwens will continue to care for many of the patients who he treated in his former practice at the Spectrum Health Medical Group offices, 4600 Breton Road, Kentwood.