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Low-cost clinic opens to meet need in Oakland County.

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. -- With the number of poor people growing throughout Michigan, low-cost health care has expanded again--this time with a new clinic in one of the state's wealthiest counties. Covenant Community Care, a faith-based nonprofit focused on primary medical care, has teamed up with Beaumont Hospital to open a health center at 27776 Woodward in Royal Oak. The goals are to provide care to those who don't have a doctor and reduce the burden on local emergency rooms. Such clinics offer top-notch care and help stabilize the health of a local population, said Gary Petroni, program director of the Southeast Michigan Health Association. The clinic is designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a Federally Qualified Health Center, so federal grants will help cover costs. There are more than a dozen similar clinics or satellite offices in Wayne County, but only a handful in Macomb and Oakland counties, according to federal data. And only one other clinic in Oakland County carries the FQHC designation--Oakland Primary Health Services in Pontiac.

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Title Annotation:local agency news
Publication:Policy & Practice
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U3MI
Date:Dec 1, 2010
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