Dr. Chris Shoemaker, left, and Ynixce Villagomez help provide Exalta Health's services at Streams of Hope in southeast Grand Rapids. Courtesy Exalta Health
A partnership has allowed a local nonprofit medical clinic to expand its services to a new location in town.
Exalta Health said this winter it is offering urgent and primary medical care services at Streams of Hope in Grand Rapids, at 280 60th St. SE.
Exalta's new South Clinic at Streams of Hope expands the affordable health services for underserved and uninsured patients offered at Exalta’s clinic in Grand Rapids, at 15 Andre St. SE.
Exalta Health President Bill Paxton said the partnership is “a great opportunity for us.”
The collaboration also allows for Streams of Hope, a Christian community service organization, to provide health care services to its community members.
"Adding medical services is another way that Streams of Hope can promote a healthier community,” said Paul Holtrop, executive director, Streams of Hope. “We are excited and thankful that Exalta Health is willing to share affordable, quality medical care with our neighbors."
One day a week, Dr. Chris Shoemaker of Exalta provides medical services at Streams of Hope, including urgent visits.
The hope is that Shoemaker will become the primary care physician for area residents searching for a medical home.
For more than 20 years, Exalta Health has offered affordable health care for underserved and uninsured community members as Health Intervention Services.
This year, the nonprofit underwent a re-branding to Exalta Health in an effort to more accurately convey its focus, which has expanded from its initial breadth of serving underprivileged women with faith-centered medical care.
Exalta Health now provides medical, vision, dental, behavioral health and spiritual care.
Exalta’s staff comprises 130 professionals and volunteers.