History

InterCare Community Health Network was founded in 1972 to provide care for migrant and seasonal agricultural farmworkers.  We were originally named BVC Health as we provided care primarily to Berrien, Van Buren and Cass Counties.  We broadened our scope to provide services for rural residents in the mid-1970s and to acknowledge the larger scope, changed our name to MARCHA (Migrant and Rural Community Health Association). Our scope of services changed again to include urban areas within additional counties.   As the pace of expansion continued in response to community need, we added more sites and services, and changed our name in 1995 to InterCare Community Health Network.

Today, InterCare provides access to comprehensive quality care at seven fixed locations throughout Southwest Michigan including a women’s health center as well as a school-based student health center.  We also have two mobile units, increasing access to quality care within our service area.  We provide primary medical, dental, behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment services as well as many unique programs and services to help meet the needs of our communities.

InterCare operates one of the largest WIC programs in the state with over a dozen locations, some of which are co-located within our health facilities.  We continue to care for migrant and seasonal agricultural farmworkers and are the largest provider of healthcare to agricultural workers in the state.  We serve nearly 50,000 patients annually and take pride in our role of increasing access and reducing health disparities within our communities.