ABOUT THUNDER BAY COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICE
Thunder Bay Community Health Service, Inc., (TBCHS) is a non–profit, 501 (c) (3) independent corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors representing the communities we serve. TBCHS was founded in 1980 by a group of concerned citizens who identified the need for greater access to primary care services in the region.
In July 1982, TBCHS became operational as a National Health Service Corporation solo practice, and in October 1983 was awarded Section 330 federal funding operating under the guidelines of a Community Health Center.
Today this designation is referred to as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) supported by the Health Resources and Service Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This special status makes us eligible for a variety of programs, allowing us to offer a much broader scope of service than would otherwise be possible in a rural area.
Through the years, we have grown to serve the populations of Montmorency, Alpena, Cheboygan, Otsego, Oscoda, and Presque Isle Counties. We provide health care for all ages, regardless of insurance status where everyone is welcome!
Thunder Bay Community Health Service, Inc. commits its resources to building healthier communities.
To provide wellness within and beyond the four walls of our health centers.
RICHARD BATES, MD, CPE, INTERIM CEO
Dr. Bates is a graduate of Alma college and Michigan State University. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Wayne State University and is a Certified Physician Executive. He practiced medicine for over 25-years and has held many executive leadership positions throughout his career, most recently acting as the Chief Medical Officer at Thunder Bay.
“I believe in social justice and have a passion for serving others in our rural communities. Northern Michigan is home, and these communities represent our families, friends, and neighbors. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve others and carry on the mission of building healthier communities. ”
Outside of work, Dr. Bates enjoys spending time with his family, his wife Cheryl, children and granddaughter. He is an active community member and enjoys hiking, gardening, rooting for local sport teams and exploring spirituality.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Thunder Bay Community Health Service, Inc. is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who represent the communities that we serve. Their role is to provide oversight and strategic direction for our organization and ensure our services are meeting the needs of our patients.
Brendan Conboy, MD, FACOG
In every service we provide
To our communities
Strength and honesty
Help each other
PATIENT-CENTERED MEDICAL HOME
A Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a trusting partnership between a doctor-led health care team and an informed patient. In a medical home, the practice is organized around the patient – communication is based on trust, respect and shared decision-making.
As a PCMH, Thunder Bay Community Health Service will work with you to help identify ways to improve your health such as creating a care management plan, identifying and helping you achieve healthy goals, and coordinating your care with other health care organizations such as specialists or hospitals.
This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $3,183,514 with 88% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
This health center receives HHS funding and has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.