National Health Center Week, August 8-14

Health Centers across Michigan and throughout the entire United States will celebrate Community Health Center week with a variety of activities and celebrations to increase awareness of what Federally Qualified Health Centers offer their communities.

Federally Qualified Health Centers are community-based health care providers that receive funds from the HRSA Health Center Program to provide primary care services in underserved areas. They must meet a stringent set of requirements, including providing care on a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay and operating under a governing board that includes patients. The defining legislation for Federally Qualified Health Centers (under the Consolidated Health Center Program) is Section 1905(l)(2)(B) of the Social Security Act.

The nationwide network of more than 1,400 health centers spread across 50 states and all U.S. territories provides care for 28 million people in 11,000 communities.

Michigan has 43 Community Health Centers which offer services in 350 locations.

Locally, the Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN) operates 3 health center sites in Cass and Berrien Counties; Cassopolis Family Clinic, Niles Community Health Center, and Niles Community Health Center Dental. 

In 2020, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, CFCN provided 47,448 patient visits for 12,107 people.  Cass and Niles dental sites were most impacted. Both medical and dental providers adapted to a combination of telehealth and in-person visits.  We never closed.

CFCN offers an integrated model of care; family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, behavioral health, oral health, pharmacy and support services to help people with the social determinants of health. Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.

As we celebrate Community Health Center week, I would like to personally acknowledge the leadership of the CFCN Board of Directors, the courage and commitment of our dedicated clinical and support staff, as well as management and leadership, for their unwavering dedication to taking care of our patients. 

This is Our Family. Taking Care of Yours.

 

Mary Geegan Middleton, CEO

 

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).

Health Center Continues Low Birthweight Streak

Niles, MI, July 22, 2021 – Pregnancy is an exciting time for a woman and her family; however, it can also be stressful. The key to a successful pregnancy and delivery is early prenatal care. Early prenatal care allows the healthcare provider to ensure the expectant mother has the latest information on healthy behaviors, education on what to expect during and after pregnancy, and detection of early signs of potential complications that could result in low birthweight. Timely prenatal care not only creates a positive impact on infant health, it also plays a significant role in post-partum maternal health.

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN), a Federally Qualified Health Center, serving the residents of Cass and Southeast Berrien Counties, provides obstetrical care for women who are uninsured or covered by Michigan Medicaid. Prenatal care is the first and best step to increase chances of a healthy outcome for the mother and infant. CFCN has realized a better than average low birthweight rate since the inception of obstetrical services in 2007. “Infants with low birthweight weigh less than 5 lbs., 8 oz. at time of birth. There are two subclasses of low birthweight: very low (less than 3 lbs., 9 oz.) and extremely low (less than 2 lbs., 3 oz.),” said Dr. Kenneth Kaufmann, CFCN OB/GYN provider. “A low birthweight newborn may be healthy even though his weight is below 5lbs., 8 oz. On the other hand, some low birthweight newborns may face serious health issues. Low birthweight is often a result of premature birth, meaning the newborn is welcomed into the world before 37 weeks of pregnancy.”

The current national low birthweight rate is 8.3%, the state of Michigan is 8.8% (percentages based on 2019 data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and CFCN’s is 6.2% – well below the state average. “We encourage mothers to seek prenatal care as soon as they find out they are pregnant. Seeking prenatal care within the 1st trimester (prior to 13 weeks gestation) and presenting for each scheduled visit is the key to ensure the pregnancy is on track to reach full term (39 – 41 weeks) and early detection for any issues that may arise. Patient education is a crucial part of prenatal care to inform the expectant mother on what to expect, warning signs to look for, and healthy habits for her and the newborn. It is due to our consistent communication with the expectant mother, proactive patient education, and collaboration with Bronson Maternal Fetal Medicine for high-risk pregnancies, we can attribute this continued achievement,” said Dr. Kaufmann.

The health center’s integrated model of care, which focuses on the patient’s needs, also includes behavioral health services to support mothers during pregnancy.  “We have a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner on staff who is certified in Perinatal Mental Health. We can support our moms currently on medications, or provide an assessment that helps determine the need for Psychotropic medications,” said Dr. Matthew Pazderka, CFCN Chief Medical Officer.  “We also provide Substance Use Treatment with medical staff, nurses, social workers, community health workers and pharmacists who are all committed to helping expectant mothers be well and deliver full term, healthy babies.”

“I like to say that we change lives and save lives every day,” said Mary Geegan Middleton, Chief Executive Officer. “It’s the result of dedicated staff members working in an integrated model of care which wraps services around our patients that makes such a positive difference.”

Please contact Niles Community Health Center for more information or to schedule appointment, call (269) 683-0300.

 

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).

Health Center Receives Investment From American Rescue Plan

Health Center Receives Investment from American Rescue Plan

Cassopolis, MI, April 1, 2021 – Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties, will receive $2,285,750 over the course of two years as a part of the American Rescue Plan.

The American Rescue Plan provides a $6 Billion investment for Community Health Centers nationwide to expand COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and health care services to individuals who are at higher risk for COVID-19. Nearly 1,400 health centers across the country will be provided funding beginning in April. 1 in 5 individuals in rural populations receive care from Community Health Centers and more than 91% of health center patients are living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. This investment allows health centers to make improvements to infrastructure and expand operational capacity in order to better serve their communities.

CFCN is excited to begin planning to determine how to best utilize the investment. “This is an incredible opportunity for our health center to have a bigger impact. We’re not looking to grow our service area. We’re looking to continually enhance the depth of services we are able to offer our patients” says CFCN Chief Executive Officer, Mary Geegan Middleton.

About CFCN

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).

Flu Vaccinations

National Influenza Vaccination Week

There’s still time to get your flu shot! This week is the National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) and it is intended to focus on the importance of the influenza vaccination.

Getting your flu shot is the most impactful thing you can do to protect your family from flu season while facing a global health crisis. It is recommended that anyone older than six months receives an annual flu vaccine. By doing so, you may prevent illness, medical visits, hospitalizations, and even deaths. The flu vaccine is safe, CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration work to ensure that the vaccine meets the highest safety standards each year. For more information about the safety of flu vaccines, please visit: www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/vaccinesafety.htm.

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network encourages you to get your flu shot and take measures to protect yourself and your family.

 

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 high 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).

National Health Center Week, August 9-15

National Health Center Week, August 9-15

Cassopolis, MI, August 13, 2020– For more than 50 years Community Health Centers have delivered comprehensive, high-quality primary health care to people regardless of their ability to pay. The program has grown from just two clinics in rural Mississippi in 1965 to nearly 1,400 health centers operating approximately 13,000 delivery sites across America and serving almost 30,000 people.

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN) is proud to be included in this network of health centers, with 4 clinic sites; Cassopolis Family Clinic, Ranger Wellness Center, Niles Community Health Center, and Niles Community Health Center Dental. CFCN serves nearly 13,000 people in Cass and Southeast Berrien Counties.

To celebrate National Health Center Week, CFCN announces the opening of its Substance Use Treatment Program at Niles Community Health Center. Part of an integrated behavioral health service, people living with addiction can receive help to recover from this chronic disease. Behavioral health providers work closely with CFCN’s medical doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to provide care for the whole person. 

“The Substance Use Treatment Program and behavioral health services unit was dedicated in a small ceremony on August 11th, honoring Judge Susan L. Dobrich,” said Mary Geegan Middleton, CEO. “In honor of Chief Judge, Susan L. Dobrich, Cass County Courts, whose advocacy for increased access to behavioral health services upstream was the inspiration for Niles Community Health Center behavioral health.”

NCHC is owned and operated by CFCN, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, designated a Federally Qualified Health Center. CFCN provides primary care, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, dental, pharmacy, and healthcare enrollment assistance services. For more information, go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org or call (269) 262-4749 or (269) 665-8800 for Behavioral Health.

 

Mary Geegan Middleton, CEO

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

 

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).

CFCN Receives Emergency Grant from Direct Relief to Bolster the Healthcare Safety Net in Cass and Southeast Berrien Counties

CFCN Receives Emergency Grant from Direct Relief to Bolster the Healthcare Safety Net in Cass and Southeast Berrien Counties 

Cassopolis, MI, June 15, 2020 – Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN) today announced an infusion of $50,000 in emergency grant funding from the medical aid organization Direct Relief, in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers.

CFCN was among 518 federally qualified health centers to receive funding this week through Direct Relief’s $25 million Covid-19 Fund for Community Health, which recognizes the profound effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the finances, services, staff, and patients of community health centers.

CFCN will use the funds to help offset expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Access to primary care is what keeps people healthy and out of the hospital, and the frontline work of CFCN and other nonprofit community health centers across the U.S. is more critical than ever with the onset of Covid-19,” said Direct Relief President and CEO Thomas Tighe. “Direct Relief is doing everything possible to bolster the work and support the staffs at the safety-net health facilities on which so many patients and their families rely for excellent care and trust for advice in this public health emergency.”

Nearly 30 million (1 in 12) of the country’s most vulnerable residents – including 1 in 3 individuals living in poverty, 1 in 5 Medicaid beneficiaries, and 1 in 9 children – rely on federally qualified health centers like CFCN for their healthcare. That number is expected to rise as more people lose employer-sponsored insurance.

“We are grateful for this critical and immediate support as Community Health Centers work hard to keep communities safe during an unprecedented pandemic,” said Tom Van Coverden, President & CEO of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). “We are also deeply appreciative of our longstanding partnership with Direct Relief in these uncertain times and their efforts to ensure that health centers confronting multiple challenges in underserved communities have the resources when and where they need them. We know that many donors and contributors have helped to make this fund possible, and we further extend our appreciation to all of them.”

About CFCN

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).