As I have collected information about the recent decision of Saint Mary's hospital to terminate its funding of Catherine's Care Center -- a community clinic located on the northeast side of town open to all regardless of ability to pay -- I encountered the persistent rumor that it will now be closing its doors. Let me reassure you, folks: Catherine's Care Center is open and will remain open.
Although the loss of Saint Mary's support will be a hardship for the clinic, the people behind it are dedicated to keeping it open as they look for new sponsors. The mission of Catherine's Care Center is a worthy one because it helps those patients who fall through cracks and have no other medical facility to turn to. If you'd like to help, even a small amount makes a difference, you can send a check or money order to Catherine's Care Center at 205 Carrier Street N.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505. The clinic is program of the Creston Neighborhood Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and so your contributions will be tax deductible.