A Word From the CEO: Support Community Health Centers on Small Business Saturday

Cassopolis, MI, November 25, 2019, Author: Mary Geegan Middleton – We know that small, locally owned businesses serve as economic engines on which communities can succeed and thrive. They account for 65 percent of all new jobs and nearly 50 percent of all employees nationwide.

This Small Business Saturday, I hope you will join me in urging lawmakers to invest in one of our own economic engines – Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN). Here in Michigan, Community Health Centers employ more than 6,000 people of all education and ability levels, generating more than $1.3 billion in economic activity.

As the Chief Executive Officer of CFCN, I am proud of the personalized approach we take to quality, affordable healthcare. We are a community institution, welcoming and providing care to all our neighbors, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or their ability to pay. We make sure our grandparents can afford their prescriptions; we provide Dad with annual wellness checks; we provide Mom with the best prenatal care; and, we nurture their newborn’s development at every check-up.

At CFCN, we proudly care for 13,000 community members of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties.  We provide our patients with not only medical care but also dental, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, pharmacy, and healthcare enrollment assistance services to ensure they can navigate the complicated landscape of healthcare. Our staff consistently go beyond the medical chart to ensure that families have access to essential resources and a warm, comforting space.

Today, Community Health Centers across the country are facing an uncertain future. Even though we comprise the largest primary care network in the country, solidifying the backbone of the healthcare safety net, Congress has yet to pass our long-term funding. As a result, health centers are forced to operate on short-term funding patches, making it difficult for us to provide consistent services, plan for the future, and recruit and retain the best employees. Small businesses cannot survive without stability in funding. We can only continue to provide quality healthcare for people in our community if Congress acts – and acts now.

This Small Business Saturday, consider supporting businesses like Cassopolis Family Clinic Network in other ways. Call or email your member of Congress and remind them how integral health centers are in our community. Remember: Community Health Centers are local business that are keeping us healthy.

About Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).  With locations in Cassopolis and Niles, CFCN provides quality affordable healthcare for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties.  For more information go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).