Our Position on New York’s Abortion Bill

Our Mission:

Christian Healthcare Centers exists to provide exceptional medical services to the Body of Christ and community, guided by biblical values.

What does this mean in light of recent state actions to enact laws allowing abortions to be performed at any time during pregnancy, including moments before the baby is born?

CHC as an organization, which includes Board of Directors and all medical and administrative staff, affirm in writing each year a set of values that includes this statement:

All CHC personnel affirm the value of human life throughout the human life continuum and will not facilitate abortion nor prescribe abortifacient devices or medications.

We recognize that living in a fallen, imperfect world, tragic circumstances develop that challenge this core value. Unborn babies can develop or come into the world with conditions that remind us the world is not the way it was created to be. Children can be born with severe, life-long disabilities that require substantial resources from family and society, tempting some to even question the value of that child’s life. Children can be conceived in circumstances involving coercion and violence. Some of the loudest voices supporting abortion rights cite tragic hard cases as justification for abortion being legal for any reason throughout the 40 weeks of pregnancy. We find this all or nothing ideology to lack the compassion we should expect of a moral society that claims to value every human life. It lacks compassion for both the unborn child and the mother, despite the deceitful rhetoric suggesting that the child is “spared the injury of continued existence,” and the claim that aborting her child spares the mother from ongoing harm to her wellbeing as she defines it.

Over the 46 years since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade, we know that terminating a human life is not a solution for unborn children nor for their mothers. While we have not heard the voices of the millions of aborted unborn babies protesting their premature deaths, we have heard the voices of millions of post-abortive mothers whose lives have never been the same. Despite abortion rights groups urging women to “celebrate” their abortions, millions of women deeply regret them and they urge other women to avoid making the same regrettable decision.

Laws that permit abortion all the way up to the birth of a child directly pit the interests of the mother against her own child. Such laws also have the effect of corrupting the practice of medicine by allowing doctors to place the interests of one patient (the mother) against those of their second patient (the unborn child).

Furthermore, there is no escaping the reality that abortion is killing and cloaking it in medical verbiage by calling it “pregnancy termination,” “family planning” or “evacuation of the uterine contents” does not make it any less killing. Neither is abortion merely a medical issue to be decided by a woman in consultation with her doctor and minister (notice the father is never included in this list). Abortion is a moral issue because at its core it directly involves the question of who belongs to the human community of rights and obligations. It is not merely a question of biology. In these times of modern medical technology, we know that a woman who is pregnant is carrying another human being in her body. She is not bearing puppies. From a Christian perspective, she is participating in a divine-human cooperative called procreation whereby she and God are bringing another image bearer into the world. Abortion itself may be a medical procedure, but that which is aborted is more than a collection of cells or blob of tissue. It is incontrovertibly human life.

CHC makes no distinction between surgical abortion and abortion using medications such as RU-486 (mifepristone). When the intent is to end the life of an unborn human being, the means makes no moral difference.

As a life-affirming medical ministry, Christian Healthcare Centers is dedicated to preserving human life in every circumstance insofar as it depends on us.

CHC will provide loving, compassionate counsel and care to post-abortive women and to women facing an unexpected pregnancy.

Is MemberCare Right For You?

Frustrated with Expensive, Over-Priced, Inconvenient Healthcare?

Tired of driving all around town for basic medical services such as labs, x-rays, prescriptions?

Why Not Consider MemberCare at Christian Healthcare Centers – a single monthly fee and a one-stop location for most of your medical needs

Affordable Care –

Fees for unlimited primary care start at $30 per month – no insurance co-pays or deductibles to meet.

Timely Access –

24/7/365 access to your doctor and medical information from anywhere in the U.S. Your doctor is here when needed.

Exceptional Quality –

Experienced, board certified and well-respected practitioners in pediatrics, family medicine and internal medicine

Ample Time with Your Doctor –

30/60/90-minute office visits to ensure your needs are met

Convenience –

Timely appointments; Virtual primary care using a mobile device or computer for many common conditions; health services navigation to arrange the highest quality, least expensive care you need from specialists, surgeons, dentists, physical therapists, optometrists, chiropractors, etc. We work the phones, so you don’t have to.

Personalized Care –

With in-office counseling, wellness coaching and exceptional medical services, we care for the whole you to keep you at your best

And more . . . .

Stop in for a tour of our office at 3322 Beltline Court NE Grand Rapids, MI or click here for more information

The End of Individual Insurance Mandate. Now What?

Beginning on January 1, 2019, individuals will no longer have to prove they have a health plan that is acceptable to the federal government. That will be a good day for personal freedom! However, not being required to carry health insurance does not mean it is wise to go without a health plan.

If you do not have an employer-provided health plan, it is not too early to start thinking about what you will do next year. If you pay for your own health plan, then you can expect to see a substantial increase to your cost. For example, Maryland’s insurers are already asking the state insurance commission to approve rate increases that average 30%, with some individual plans increasing a mind-numbing 91%! As we move through the summer months we can expect to see news headlines that reflect similar increases throughout the country.

For this reason, many people will simply be priced out of their current health plan. In fact, early surveys predict a mass exodus from the individual insurance market by millions of younger people who choose to forego health insurance altogether. Since they tend to need less medical care, many will take their chances. However, there are millions of older individuals who know they aren’t ten feet tall and bullet proof, so they want some type of medical coverage, however, the ever-increasing premiums and deductibles crush their family budget. Many of these individuals are self-employed or work for a small employer that does not provide a health plan. The AARP estimates that people in this category can expect their premiums to rise as much as $4,000.

If this describes your situation, there are options available that cost less and, for most people, provide better access to care. However, it does require a different way of thinking about your healthcare. Instead of viewing healthcare through the lens of a costly insurance-based health plan, you need to view it through the lens of what medical needs can you afford to pay personally and what needs would be the too expensive to bear alone? In other words, why pay the equivalent of another mortgage payment each month to insure what you can afford to pay yourself?

One key part of reducing cost is working with a direct primary care doctor whose full scope of service can be secured for the cost of the average cell phone bill. This is a doctor who has opted out of insurance contracts and provides care for a small monthly fee. Imagine being able to receive up to 90% of your routine medical care for under $1,000 a year!

In direct primary medical practice, the focus is on the patient, not the payment. Patients secure virtually unlimited access to timely, quality primary care where the doctor’s focus is on your wellness, not managing symptoms, prescribing medications, ordering lots of tests or handing you off to a specialist. This approach to healthcare has a proven track record of reducing urgent care and emergency room visits, and reduces inpatient hospitalizations, all without the hassles of insurance deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance or paperwork. This is the approach to healthcare taken by Christian Healthcare Centers.

It is affordable, simple, convenient, quality and personalized, delivered by experienced, dedicated doctors. This is one reason why CHC is among the fastest growing direct primary care organizations in the country.

What about major medical coverage for specialists, surgeries, hospitalizations, MRI’s, etc.? A cost-sharing organization like Samaritan Ministries is the perfect fit. For less than the monthly cost of cable television, an individual can have peace of mind that their medical expenses will be met.

Want specifics on cost? Here is a sample. An adult can secure unlimited primary care (office visits, routine labs, x-rays, in-office procedures, many prescriptions and in-office counseling, telemedicine) for $80 per month. This same individual can join the 250,000-member Samaritan Ministries family and know that medical expenses will be cared for. Cost? As little as $120 per month (a family of any size is $495). What this means is an individual can secure a plan for medical needs that costs as little as $200 per month. No commissions to agents. No funding insurance bureaucracies.

If you do not want to wait until 2019 to start saving money and receive better care, you can join Christian Healthcare Centers and Samaritan Ministries anytime. No waiting for “open enrollment.” And Samaritan Ministries membership satisfies the individual mandate still in effect during 2018, so no worries about a penalty on your next tax return.

If this sounds good and you would like to learn more, contact one of our MemberCare advisors by calling (616) 226-2669

Health Services Navigation

One of the questions people typically have is what we do if a member of CHC needs a referral to a specialist, diagnostic imaging or surgery.

What happens:

Our staff can connect members with trusted medical providers for virtually any need they have that exceeds CHC’s scope of service. Our goal is to help our members navigate the complex healthcare system and secure the most timely, affordable care possible. For the most part, we can make timely referrals and schedule appointments with providers who also offer non-traditionally insured CHC members a pre-negotiated discount on fees. In the first eight months of operation, CHC has saved members over $240,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Here are a few examples:

General Surgical Needs

Dr. Ted VanderKooi is a veteran general surgeon who sees patients here at the Center to provide low-cost consultations and, whenever possible, performs simple in-office procedures. Although fees for these services are not included in regular MemberCare, the cost is significantly lower than standard surgical services fees. For example, the average cost of a typical surgical consultation is $200 for a 15-minute visit. CHC’s fee is $125. The cost for removing a lipoma or small cyst with insurance typically averages $500 – 1500 per lipoma/cyst in many doctors’ offices. Some dermatologists charge a little less, depending on the size and complexity of the lipoma/cyst. CHC’s fee is based on how long the procedure lasts, which is typically 30 minutes or less. If it took Dr. VanderKooi 30 minutes to remove one or more lipomas, the cost would be $250. It does not matter if he removes one or five at the same time; the cost is the same.

For general surgery needs requiring an outpatient surgical facility, Dr. VanderKooi maintains privileges at a state-of-the-art surgical center that offers reduced bundled pricing. He also can perform surgeries that require an in-patient stay.

Imaging and Screening Services

Many basic x-rays can be performed right in our Center, at no additional cost to members. When further diagnostic x-rays or other imaging is needed, CHC has collaborative relationships with several providers for diagnostic ultrasound, screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies, CT and MRI who also offer discounted fees. Timely appointments with these providers can be secured on behalf of CHC members through our staff. Depending on the type of imaging needed, members can usually realize substantial savings. For example, our members can obtain timely appointments for MRIs at a cost as low as $125 for a limb MRI or $450 for a brain scan with contrast. Compared to the average hospital facility MRI cost of $1500 – $3,000, this represents a significant savings.

Prescription Medications

Christian Healthcare Centers makes every effort to control the cost of prescriptions and includes many of the more common acute care and health maintenance medications in our dispensary as a benefit of MemberCare. The medications we stock and dispense are listed on our website. For medications not listed, we often secure them at a cost lower than commercial pharmacies and pass the savings on to our members. In some situations, we can provide members with guidance in accessing the patient assistance programs of manufacturers or provide discount cards that can lower the cost from commercial pharmacies.

The Economic Value of MemberCare

One of the most frequently asked questions we hear is,

“Does a CHC membership save me money on medical expenses?”

Since Christian Healthcare Centers is based on a stewardship model of healthcare delivery, it is a fair question. Everyone wants value for the money they spend. Below is a chart showing the most common medical needs we treat and their average cost if paid out-of-pocket by someone without insurance. All pricing is based on published Blue Cross/Blue Shield fee schedules.

Need/Complaint Average Cash Price Outside of CHC MemberCare Price Savings to Member
Annual adult exam $200-500  w/ECG Included $200 – 500
Basic Blood panel for annual exam $260 Included $260
Adult sick visit $150 Included $150
Well child visit $160 Included $160
Strep $200 Included $200
Minor laceration w/sutures $300 Included $300
Suspected pneumonia exam w/ x-ray $300 Included $300
Child/adult limb x-ray $180 Included $180
Pink eye, rash, impetigo $150 Included $150
Urinary tract infection $125 Included $150
Ear wax removal $40 Included $40
Mole removal $100-500 Included $100-500
Nebulizer treatment $60 Included $60
Counseling session $75-100/hr Included $75-100

In 2016, the JPMorgan Chase Institute conducted a study of 2.3 million customers to determine the impact of out-of-pocket medical expenses on individual credit card debt and credit scores. The study’s authors wrote, “Out-of-pocket health care spending has a meaningful impact on families’ financial lives and their ability to access credit.”  The number one reason for personal bankruptcy is medical expense, and almost 50% of American households carry credit card debt from out-of-pocket medical expenses. Only 17% of households had no out-of-pocket medical expenses. The study also found that the cost of healthcare was the number one reason families delayed seeking timely preventative, acute and urgent care from a primary care physician, resulting in significantly higher costs later when more urgent or emergency care was required.

Since opening our doors in July 2017, Christian Healthcare Centers saved CHC members over $240,000 on medical services that will not end up on credit cards.

This dollar figure does not include savings on medications, x-rays, immunizations, or pre-negotiated discounts on screenings, specialists or surgery. In other words, CHC members receive significant financial savings.

For example, the annual cost of an adult CHC membership is $960 or $80 per month. According to Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the cash cost of an annual exam that includes an ECG and routine blood work for an uninsured male is $550 and $600 for an uninsured adult female, which includes a Pap smear. These services are included with CHC MemberCare. Annual exams for a family of four (two adults/ two children) would be worth $1520 if they paid the cash price out-of-pocket. Since an annual family CHC membership costs $2160, this leaves $640 to cover any other services CHC provides to the family for the remainder of the year.

Based on current utilization rates, the average CHC member saves $450 in medical costs per year beyond their membership fee. For children, the savings is much higher since the cost of a child’s membership is $120 per year. Where else can parents secure unlimited pediatric care for $120 a year? Where else can you secure unlimited primary care for the cost of a cell phone bill?

If you agree with us that CHC MemberCare is a good financial investment, tell your family and friends. We would love to save them money too.    

Dear CHC Members and Friends

What a year this has been! One year ago, Christian Healthcare Centers was a logo, a tax-exempt letter from the IRS, a business plan and a band of Christian brothers and sisters who believed they could make a difference in healthcare. Today, we are a thriving, growing Christian medical ministry providing high-quality healthcare to hundreds of people like you.

On behalf of our staff and Board of Directors, I want to thank you for joining with us on this pioneering venture to change the face of healthcare. By God’s grace, we have been given the assignment to create a distinctively Christian healthcare system, but we could not do it without your participation and prayers.

Here are some of the highlights of the last year:

· November 2016 – Launched a $1.8 million capital campaign to secure a facility, medical equipment, furnishings, clinical supplies, etc.

· January 2017 – Signed the lease on 9,100 sq. ft. of medical office space in Plainfield Township.

· March 2017 – Enrollment for MemberCare begins and the first family enrolls (who live 65 miles away from our Center)

· May 2017 – Took possession of renovated space at 3322 Beltline Court NE.

· June 2017 – Moved in $439,000 worth of medical equipment, IT equipment and furnishings provided by donors and partners who are as passionate about CHC as we are.

· June 2017 – Held the first ever CHC staff gathering of physicians, nurses, support and administrative staff for team building and orientation.

· June 28, 2017 – CHC Open House with over 300 people attending. Live remote provided by WJQ99.3 radio, with television news coverage provided by Fox17 and WZZMTV13.

· July 5, 2017 – The doors officially open for the first Christian non-profit Direct Primary Care center in the United States and we see our first patient.

· July-October 2017 – CHC grows to 620 members

· November 2017 – CHC Surgical is launched with the addition of Dr. Ted VanderKooi, M. D., general surgery.

· December 2017 – God has provided nearly $1 million of the original $1.8 million needed to launch CHC and open the doors. Although we are still trusting God to provide, we rejoice in all that He has done.

As you can imagine, getting here meant long days, lots of sacrifice and innumerable prayers. God is good! We are now poised to serve the Body of Christ and the community in ways we only imagined a year ago. We are excited to see what will happen in 2018 as we grow and serve. Thank you for being part of this journey.

Time For Change

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

This old idiom cannot be said of our current healthcare system. Everyone knows the current healthcare system is fragmented and dysfunctional. It is too expensive, too impersonal and too inconvenient. As bad as that is, it gets even worse for Christians. The healthcare system is being weaponized, increasingly undermining core biblical principles.

Here are just a few examples:

  • Pre-teen girls can now purchase abortifacient drugs at the local pharmacy without a prescription and without their parents’ knowledge or consent.
  • Abortion is deemed a “standard medical procedure” by the American Medical Association, the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and other medical associations.
  • A growing chorus of voices within the medical establishment call for an end to respecting the right of doctors and nurses to opt out of providing medications or performing procedures that violate their religious or moral conscience.
  • Through their insurance premiums, Christians are forced to pay for abortions and other medical procedures they find moral objectionable.
  • Christian surgeons are being pressured to perform gender reassignment surgeries and Christian pediatricians are pressured to provide hormone therapies for teens wanting to transition from male to female, or female to male.

These are all present practices, and there are more proposed. Yet, our legislators have shown their inability to fix the system. Insurance companies and hospital groups have no incentive to change. Doctors and patients find themselves stuck in a system that leaves both dissatisfied. What are we going to do about that?

Throughout history, the Church has been a catalyst for change when essential systems like healthcare lose their way. Since the days when Jesus walked on the earth, healing all manner of disease and disability, the Body of Christ has taught the world how to truly care for people. The history of modern medicine is filled with stories of Christians discovering new treatments, medications, therapies and interventions to address medical needs. That history also reveals how Christians have always been on the forefront of healthcare by operating clinics and building hospitals to care for the sick and the injured.

Christians have always constructed alternatives to broken social systems. Public education continues to be a source of controversy among believers, leading to the Christian school movement. Despite being required to fund public education with their tax dollars, this did not stop Christians from forming and funding distinctively Christian schools that allowed them to do what would not be allowed in a public school. Despite tax dollars funding the abortion mills of Planned Parenthood, Christians have established and funded thousands of pregnancy care centers to provide a Christian presence for women facing unexpected or unwelcome pregnancies. Taxpayer-funded welfare programs have not stopped Christians from operating and funding ministries who have proven to be more effective in moving people off welfare and into employment, home ownership and stronger family life.

Historically, the Church built much of modern healthcare, including hospital systems. Many health systems still bear Protestant and Catholic names, e.g., Baptist Health, Trinity Health and hospital systems such as Baylor, Presbyterian, Methodist, etc. Taxpayers did not fund this crucial social infrastructure. It was the product of Christian philanthropy used strategically to advance Kingdom values and live out the Gospel.

It is time to act again. It is time for the Church to return to the forefront of healthcare and this is precisely why Christian Healthcare Centers exists.

Open Enrollment

Insurance rate increases have become the new normal for all Americans and this year is no different. The people of the state of Michigan are faced with a 27.6% increase in insurance premiums in 2018 according to the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services. This rate increase follows a 16.7% increase in 2017. The total cost of a family’s healthcare has become the largest piece of the financial pie. Government officials are gridlocked with disagreement and even if they put their differences aside and work in earnest to address rising healthcare costs, the changes would not take effect for several years.

What can you do now to control your personal healthcare costs?

As we approach a new year and next year’s health care expenses are being considered, I am encouraging you to think outside the box.

Your healthcare costs do not have to increase next year.

As a member of Christian Healthcare Centers, you can have access to all the medical services that are needed in a given year at a primary care medical clinic. MemberCare includes unlimited visits with your doctor, X-rays, basic labs and medications. Any items or services not covered by your MemberCare membership are provided at the cost to acquire them. Also included in the membership is access to the physician with same or next day appointments as well as a network of specialists who accept referrals and offer discounted rates for those who are uninsured or underinsured. The cost of membership is far less than the average family deductible in an ACA qualified medical plan. This is truly a patient-centered medical home, not a payment-centered medical home.

How does MemberCare work?

Once enrolled as a member it is as simple as calling your doctor to make an appointment and seeing the doctor as soon as you need to be seen. We recently had a member contact our center at 8 am with urgent medical concerns following a bicycle accident. We were able to x-ray the area of concern as well as treat her for the wounds suffered in the accident. The member’s entire encounter from the time they phoned the center to the time they left our center was under 2 hours. As the member exited she asked how much she needed to pay for the visit. We joyfully informed her that the services she received were entirely covered by her membership. This very likely would have cost hundreds of dollars at an urgent care center and thousands if she had gone to the emergency room.

What do I do about insurance?

We always recommend that members carry insurance coverage for major medical occurrences. As the new year approaches, I encourage you to look into traditional medical insurance alternatives. There are 4 major medical cost-sharing organizations to choose from: Samaritan Ministries International, Medi-Share, Christian Healthcare Ministries, and Liberty Medical. Each of these organizations offer the kind of health care coverage to meet the ACA individual mandate at a far more affordable price. I have personally found that being a member of Samaritan Ministries is a vast improvement over traditional insurance for the same cost to my family.

Think outside of the box

It’s more than just thinking outside of the box, but thinking outside of the system. To get medical care from Christian Healthcare Centers coupled with a health expense sharing organization will minimize your out of pocket costs and get you and your family out of the traditional system. I encourage you to do the research on what your expenses were last year, what they will be next year, and then look into what they could be if you made the decision to be part of a new medical movement.

Four Months In

Christian Healthcare Centers has been in operation four months, which is enough time to see if the reality comes close to the dream. Although there have been a few glitches in technology, workflow and protocol, we are delivering what we advertise. Nearly 600 patients have entrusted their care to CHC, and more are joining every day.

We promised to provide affordable healthcare services.

We promised to reduce healthcare expenses for members.

We are making good on those promises.


We save our members a lot of money.

Hundreds, and even thousands of dollars are being saved.

Get this:

A routine blood panel typically bills out at over $250. Since we secure it for so much less, we include the cost in our MemberCare fee. Because our doctors do not over-test, over-diagnose, over-prescribe or and over-treat, members save money and reap the benefits. Our members save money on doctor visits, lab work, x-rays, simple procedures like mole removal and many common medications because they receive all of these services for one low monthly fee. Referrals at discounted rates to specialists, imaging services and other medical providers save even more! We also help members find affordable alternatives to traditional medical insurance that satisfies the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

We offer services that are convenient.

Many of our members were walk-in patients with an urgent care situation, needing to be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. Within minutes, they filled out the enrollment paperwork and received care on the spot. Others have utilized the telemedicine and virtual visits we advertise, receiving medical counsel and care without leaving their home or office at no additional charge. Do you know of any other doctor’s office that does this?

We offer personalized healthcare.

To be distinctively Christian and caring for the WHOLE person is engrained in our DNA. Judging by the comments, letters, reviews and the people referred to us by our members, we are delivering on this commitment. We give our members the most precious of all commodities: time.

Our doctors spend the amount of time needed by each patient, learning about their needs, their aspirations, their family and their relationship with Christ. According to our members, CHC providers have:

  • Prevented suicides
  • Helped married couples improve their marriage
  • Given hope to those experiencing depression
  • Helped young men overcome involvement with pornography
  • Restored a sense of ministry purpose for pastors
  • And more!

Our desire to restore the soul of medicine comes through by the manner in which our doctors, nurses and counselor interact with each patient. From check in to check out, we strive to treat each member with respect and dignity.

We are generosity-driven.

A stewardship model of ministry where financial resources are devoted to providing exceptional medical services. This has been one of the most challenging aspects of launching the ministry. Since we are a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization, we do not have investors or bank loans to support us while the membership builds. Through the generosity of God’s people, we secured the facilities, equipment, furnishings and supplies that make it possible for CHC to operate. I wish I could say our income matches our expenses. To this point, it hasn’t. Membership fees currently fund our non-payroll expenses. As membership grows, income from those fees will cover a larger and larger portion of our monthly budget, until we reach the point where membership fees cover all of our expenses. We anticipate reaching our “break even” point in mid-2018. In the meantime, charitable contributions and voluntary payless paydays make up the difference. If God moves you support CHC during this start-up phase of our history, we will be grateful.

Exciting things are happening at CHC

And more is coming! Beginning in November, we add a part-time General Surgeon to our clinical team. Dr. Ted VanderKooi will provide surgical consultations and perform a number of in-office procedures at the Center. He will also perform substantially discounted outpatient surgeries at an area surgical center to help people save a lot of money. Dr. VanderKooi has been a general surgeon for 18 years and is very well respected by his former patients and medical colleagues. We are excited to offer this additional service to our members and the community.

Reforming Healthcare

If you have ever started something from scratch you know it is difficult. This is particularly true when you are trying to do something no one else is doing. You might call it the curse of the entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are people who don’t just want to start and run their own business. Most of these folks just do not want to work for someone else, but that alone does not make them an entrepreneur. An entrepreneur is someone who sees a problem to be solved or an opportunity to make something new or better. Entrepreneurs tend to be out-of-the-box thinkers; some even call them visionaries. Most of us are familiar with names like Jobs (Apple), Bezos (Amazon), and Gates (Microsoft) but there are countless numbers of other entrepreneurs who decided to invent the future. Think about the products or services that improve your quality of life and how many times you kicked yourself for not inventing something like that yourself.

I believe we are Reformers

Ironically, since Christian Healthcare Centers opened its door in July, a familiar comment is how “visionary” this ministry is; that we are “entrepreneurs” and so forth. I’ve thought a lot about that and I’ve come to a different conclusion. I believe we are reformers, in the best sense of that term. We really are not doing anything that has not been done before. Providing accessible, affordable, Christ-centered medical services is not radically new. The Church was at the forefront of healthcare virtually from its inception. Throughout history, it has been the Church who cared for the sick, started hospitals, trained physicians, etc.

Here in the U. S., there are still large hospital systems that bear the names of church-affiliated medical entities, e.g., Baptist Health, Presbyterian Medical Center, Trinity Health, Methodist Hospital, etc. It is fair to say that there would not be much of a hospital movement in the U.S. if the Church did not occupy a central, culture-shaping role in healthcare.

The Need for Reformation

Somewhere along the way, healthcare wandered away from its roots in the Judeo-Christian ethical tradition. Today, the healthcare establishment has all but abandoned a sanctity of human life ethic, replacing it with a humanistic quality of life focus. The institutionalization of abortion is one example of what to expect from a culture whose medical ethic celebrates individual freedom over moral restraint. Politicians run on “a woman’s right to choose” platform while steadfastly refusing to answer the question, “What are they choosing?” Why? Because the answer is they are choosing death for another human being. In other words, the right to choose is more important than the actual choice itself. When healthcare becomes infected with that kind of logical contradiction, it is time for reform.

Reformation at Christian Healthcare Centers

How does this relate to Christian Healthcare Centers? This healthcare ministry is an extension of a long and distinguished history of care-giving that derives its mission from God’s mission for His Church. It isn’t new and radical. What CHC seeks is a reformation of healthcare that restores its Judeo-Christian foundation; one where the focus is on ethically caring for every patient, including unborn ones, rather than capturing revenue. As healthcare becomes increasingly “secularized,” the moral decay of the broader culture infects healthcare with a set of values that undercut important biblical truths and works against providing quality healthcare for the whole person. Christian Healthcare Centers wants to change that.

Reforming the Healthcare System

To bring about that sort of reform, it is not enough to open a different kind of doctor’s office, which CHC did on July 5, 2017. It requires the creation of a different kind of healthcare system. It means creating not only primary care sites, but leveraging the skills, knowledge and resources of the broader Body of Christ to develop referral networks, ancillary service providers and surgical services whose practitioners are committed to a distinctly Christian approach to the practice of healing and wellness. Christian Healthcare Centers strives to be a catalyst to spark a movement toward the creation of such a system.

I hope you will join us as a fellow reformer by telling the CHC story to family, friends and co-workers, inviting them to join as members. Together we can make a difference!

– Mark Blocher, President & CEO, Christian Healthcare Centers