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We’re creating a healthier community using osteopathic principles.

The work of the Osteopathic Foundation is multi-faceted, but the goal is singular.

The Osteopathic Foundation of West Michigan is community health and education foundation.  Our mission is to measurably improve fundamental wellness in the Muskegon-Lakeshore area in the tradition of osteopathic medicine.

We support programs that improve health care, nutrition, physical activity, and a sense of belonging.

Our multi-year grants have helped to establish local specialty clinics to ensure high quality care is available close to home. Our annual and mini grants support local nonprofits meeting immediate wellness needs like nutrition and physical activity. Our scholarship programs and university partnerships help to mentor and cultivate future physicians so we are prepared to meet the growing demand for health care providers.

A look back in time.

West Michigan has been home to osteopathic physicians for many generations.  In 1942, a group of 21 Osteopathic physicians and surgeons opened Muskegon Osteopathic Hospital as a small private hospital, which grew to become Muskegon General Hospital.  In 1998, Muskegon General Hospital merged with Mercy Hospital to form Mercy General Health Partners, which has now become Mercy Health — part of the nationwide Trinity Health System.  Click here to read the full story, or explore the interactive timeline below.

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