Introducing CHC Surgical Services

In keeping with our mission of providing exceptional medical services, guided by biblical values, Christian Healthcare Centers is pleased to announce the addition of general surgery.

Dr. Theodore VanderKooi M.D.

has joined our clinical team to provide general surgical services in keeping with our mission and at significantly reduced cost. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1995. Dr. VanderKooi has more than 22 years of medical practice experience in general surgery with Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital in Fremont, Michigan, and is a member of the Newaygo County General Hospital Association.

Dr. VanderKooi shares the Christian Healthcare Centers’ mission and values and we welcome this veteran surgeon’s participation in creating a distinctively Christian healthcare system.

CHC Surgical Services will benefit anyone!

Especially CHC members, those who belong to the various cost sharing ministries and those with high insurance deductibles.

Key Services Offered Include:

  • Many simple procedures performed in the CHC office.
  • More convenient and discounted fee surgical consultations
  • Low-cost screening services such as colonoscopy, endoscopy
  • Lower-cost outpatient surgeries at area free-standing surgical centers and hospitals
  • Better coordination of care by your primary care physician and surgeon

Why An Ultrasound Machine?

Make a Difference…Give

Christian Healthcare Centers is a stewardship model of healthcare that strives to save patients time and money while providing high quality medical services. In an ongoing effort to provide additional value to our low-cost MemberCare plans, Christian Healthcare Centers is raising funds to purchase a state-of-the-art multi-use ultrasound machine. Having a machine readily available gives our clinical team a valuable tool to detect, diagnose and treat medical problems without the patient inconvenience and diagnostic delays when imaging is outsourced to other facilities.

Access to a multi-use ultrasound in our own office will allow our doctors to perform head-to-toe diagnostic scans and get results in minutes, leading to faster diagnostic decision making.

This single piece of imaging equipment

will save CHC members thousands of dollars

and provide faster, more accurate diagnoses of vascular, cardiac, gastrointestinal, abdominal, breast, obstetrical and musculoskeletal conditions.

We Have a Match Gift to Double Your Impact!

A few key donors are willing to put up a match gift to meet the cost of this piece of equipment.  By donating now you can double the impact of your dollars!

To contribute to this cause you can give here: Donate towards the Ultrasound Now!

 

Thankful For You

Prior to coming to work for Christian Healthcare Centers I was working for another healthcare organization based in the Grand Rapids area. I mostly worked for their Greenville location which was about a 45 minute commute from my house in southeast Grand Rapids. That meant that an hour and a half were spent in a car away from my young family. The office that I worked for was often quite busy as well. I often saw up to 20 patients a day, most of the time left the office late, frequently had to do work from home during family time, and virtually all the time had to work through my lunch hour to stay relatively caught up. So my work/home life was very out of balance.

The organization I worked for primarily dealt with the poor and underserved medical community, which was a hard population to work with from many respects. I originally came to work there because I felt that I could do some good to those that really needed healthcare services. I soon found out that this was a greater challenge than I was anticipating. There were many barriers that I had to overcome to truly make an impact in my patients lives. Operating under the insurance reimbursement model meant that I had to see most chronic medical conditions in 15 minutes to actually be profitable as a health care provider. This left little time to actually discuss things that mattered like diet, exercise, or really develop relationships with patients at all.

Being overworked, not spending enough time at home, or being able to exercise led to poor health on my part. I was sick far more often than I ever had been in my life. I was more overweight than I ever had been in my life. I even developed shingles as a 30-year-old, which is pretty rare in that age group, but due to the tremendous amount of stress I was under, my body couldn’t fight off the infection. My mood suffered as well. My relationship with my spouse suffered. Every part of my life suffered.

Then the Lord threw me a lifeline in the way of employment at Christian Healthcare Centers. Within the first week I sensed that this was the place I was meant to be all along. The beliefs and principles of the organization fit with my personal beliefs. The payment model meant that I was able to spend 60-90 minutes with a new patient, and 30-60 minutes for follow up appointments. In one visit with a new patient I got to know them better as a whole individual than I had in 3 years of seeing some of my patients at my old practice. The work I was doing was better quality and more impactful. I would leave work (on time for once) with a sense that I had accomplished something that was worth being proud of.

My mood improved dramatically. Both my family and my coworkers could sense that I was truly happy. My relationship with my wife and my children profoundly improved. And most importantly of all my relationship with the Lord has improved. I truly feel that this is the place I am meant to serve, and that I am fulfilling the calling that the Lord has put on my life to be a vessel for God’s healing power to be at work in the lives of those I am fortunate enough to touch.

So I wanted to extend my heartfelt thanks to those who have made this possible by donating to CHC. To those who have supported it financially; you have helped provide a vehicle to advance patients in their health and relationship with the Lord. To those who provided the equipment we use on a daily basis; you have given us the tools to provide quality primary care to those in need. And to those who have helped get this new ministry off the ground; you have provided one of our most basic human needs and something that all individuals search for; work that matters.

Thank you. From the bottom of my heart.

Alex Corcoran, PA-C

Alex Corcoran - PA-C - Christian Healthcare Centers

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S.

If you would like to take a part in this movement as well you can give by following this link: Give Now!

P.P.S.

Memberships are a vital part of Christian Healthcare Centers as well and we would LOVE to have you as a part of our family.  You can look into memberships here: More Information!

CHC Introduces Dr. Rebecca Huizen as Part of its Physician Team

Dr. Rebecca Huizen, D.O

Pediatric Physician

As a pediatrician, I am very excited to be part of Christian Healthcare Centers and have unrestricted freedom to treat the whole person- spirit, soul and body.   I will never forget my elation the first time that Mark Blocher explained to me the vision for CHC.  I knew immediately that this was where God wanted me to be.  Mark told me how God had impressed on his heart long ago that there would come a time that Christian medical professionals right here in our nation would need a place that would be a refuge to practice medicine in accordance with Biblical convictions.  Those words brought tears to my eyes and such hope to my heart.

There is much pressure in the medical community for healthcare providers to not bring up anything related to Jesus with their patients.  Yet, people’s greatest needs are their spiritual needs and ignoring talking with our patients about Jesus is a great disservice to them.  When I have a young person in my office seeking help for emotional pain after the death of a loved one, I need to have the freedom to talk with her about the One “who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Ps. 147:3)” or I am only treating part of who she is.  I am so thankful for a place to freely be able to join up with God is doing my patient’s lives.

At CHC, healthcare providers will be using the technology and knowledge from evidence-based medicine that God has given to us, but this will be combined with prayer and a humble attitude that God is the ultimate healer. Much prayer has already gone into this ministry and this will continue to be a place of prayer.  We will pray with patients individually and also will meet corporately as staff to pray for our patient’s medical and spiritual needs.  In the midst of a medical system that is increasingly hostile to Christian values, I see each Christian Healthcare Center as an oasis where God’s eternal truths are powerfully combined with excellent medical care.

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