Health Center Receives $300,000 Donation Towards New Facility

Health Center Receives $300,000 Donation Towards New Facility 

Cassopolis, MI, February 10, 2020 – Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN), a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties, has received a $300,000 donation from Spectrum Health Lakeland. The contribution was given toward the cost of the new Niles Community Health Center (NCHC) facility that opened at 1951 Oak Street, just east of the Niles city limits in November of 2019.

NCHC opened its doors in 2014 just as the state of Michigan expanded Medicaid to nearly 670,000 low-income state residents. Most were people who had no regular source of healthcare, and used the emergency room when they were sick. Located in a small, 2 doctor office space at 24 N. St. Joseph Avenue, NCHC was at full capacity within a year. Quite simply, the original site could not meet the growing demand for services. The Health Center provides primary care and support services for people who are covered by most commercial insurances, Medicare, Michigan Medicaid, and has a Sliding Fee Discount Program for those who are uninsured.

The new 30,000 sq. ft. facility has allowed the Health Center to double medical capacity to care for additional 3,200 patients, create a new home for its’ Obstetrics and Gynecology services, and have an on-site pharmacy. NCHC Pharmacy is set to open later this month. The facility also has a behavioral health wing providing psychiatric and therapeutic services for patients with mild to moderate behavioral health conditions.

“I speak for everyone at our Health Center in expressing our gratitude to Spectrum Health Lakeland for its generous support. We hold our collaboration with the health system in high regard, and are committed to working together to care for the people in the Greater Niles area,” said CFCN Chief Executive Officer Mary Geegan Middleton.

CFCN plays an important role in Cass and southeast Berrien Counties by providing easy access to high-quality, affordable healthcare at multiple locations. While the Health Center provides care for everyone who walks through its doors, the Federally Qualified Health Center is a safety net provider – caring for the area’s most vulnerable population.

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).

CFCN Achieves Advocacy Center of Excellence Siver Status

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network Achieves Advocacy Center of Excellence Silver Status 

Cassopolis, MI, February 4, 2020 – In recognition of Cassopolis Family Clinic Network’s extensive local, state, and federal advocacy efforts, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) has awarded CFCN Silver status in the Advocacy Center of Excellence Program.   CFCN achieved Bronze status in December 2017.  

An Advocacy Center of Excellence, or ACE, is a Health Center that creates a culture of advocacy to ensure that policy makers at all levels of government commit to investing in affordable, equitable, and innovative care that health centers provide. ACE levels recognize consistent engagement, success, and demonstrated ongoing commitment to making advocacy an organizational priority.  ACE certification is awarded at three status levels – Bronze, Silver, and Gold – and the designation is valid for two years.

ACEs are actively engaged and involved with NACHC and federal policy issues, as well as their state Primary Care Association and key state and local-level policy issues impacting health centers and their patients.

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

Those wishing to express support for CFCN or other community health centers can sign up to become an advocate at hcadvocacy.org.  For more information, contact Rose Willson at (269) 445-3874.  

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).

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network Physician Completes Geriatric Medicine Certification

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network Physician Completes Geriatric Medicine Certification 

Andre Smyth, D.O., Board Certified Family Medicine, Cassopolis Family Clinic, MI

Andre Smyth, D.O. Photo credit: Ann Reiff/Studio 513 East 

Cassopolis, MI, January 29, 2020 – Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN) physician, Andre Smyth, D.O., has passed the Geriatric Medicine Certification Examination from the American Board of Family Medicine.

Board Certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Smyth joined the medical staff of Cassopolis Family Clinic (CFC) in August of 2019.  Dr. Smyth, originally from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, obtained his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University followed by a Family Medicine Residency in Orange Park, FL and a Geriatric Fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  “I wanted to pursue a Geriatric Medicine Fellowship to further develop my skills as a clinician in a population that is ever expanding and is in need a more providers. This Certification will help in my current role to consult with other providers within our Community Health Center and also as the Medical Director at the Cass County Medical Care Facility. My favorite aspect of Geriatric Medicine is the relationship you develop with the patient/resident and their family,” said Dr. Smyth.  Dr. Smyth is currently accepting new patients of all ages.

Medical services at CFC are offered by appointment only, Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (269) 445-3874.

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).

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – New Year’s Realistic Resolutions

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - New Year's Realistic Resolutions

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – New Year’s Realistic Resolutions

 

Aired: 12/30/2019

A new decade is just 2 days away and our social media feed is filled with New Year’s resolutions and friends posting ‘new year, new me’.   According to a resent Forbes and U.S. News article, up to 80% of New Year’s resolutions were failed by February.  The difference between a successful resolution and a failed one is based upon setting realistic expectations and setting one’s self up for success.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses tips on how to set realistic New Year’s resolutions.  

New Year Check-Up

A new year is a great reminder for us to schedule annual wellness exams, dental visits, and other health related exams for your entire family.   If you do not have a family doctor, with locations in Cassopolis and Niles, Cassopolis Family Clinic Network provides primary care and support services for everyone.   

Setting Your Goal

Whether your goal is to eat healthier, exercise more, or other – start small.  Often, individuals plan for a large amount of change at the start of the year which makes it difficult for one to adapt.   For a healthier diet, one might eliminate sweets one month and then eliminate dairy the next.   For exercise, possibly adding an exercise routine twice a week for a month and then increasing to three times a week.   Whatever the resolution, start small.  

Be Prepared

Even though it is a new year, we are often faced with stress and anxiety.  Rather than reaching for the bag of potato chips, piece of chocolate, or binge watching a show on Netflix – take a 15 minute walk or enjoy 5 minutes of meditation. 

Sleep

According to the CDC, a third of U.S. adults do not get the 7 hours recommended amount of sleep each night.  Lack of sleep has been linked to obesity and other chronic diseases.   Adults should try to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. 

 

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).

97.5 Y- Country Medical Minute – The Gift of Healthcare For All

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - The Gift of Healthcare For All

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – The Gift of Healthcare For All

Aired: 12.23.3019

Twas the night before Christmas and all thru the house, not a creature was stirring not even a, a, ah, ah, choooooo.   Is your health interrupting your time with family and memories in the making?  ‘Tis the time to get healthy and stay healthy.   This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses how Cassopolis Family Clinic Network can give your family an affordable, patient-centered option for all your healthcare needs.  

About CFCN

CFCN is a Federally Qualified Health Center with locations in Cassopolis and Niles.  CFCN provides primary care, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, dental, pharmacy, and healthcare assistance services for everyone, insurance or no insurance.   

Who does CFCN serve?

CFCN provides healthcare services for everyone including people who are covered by most commercial insurances, Medicare, Michigan Medicaid, and individuals who do not have insurance.   For those who are uninsured or underinsured, CFCN has Community Health Workers on staff to assist patients in applying for the Sliding Fee Discount Program.  The Sliding Fee Discount Program allows our organization to provide services to those who qualify at a reduced cost. 

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

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).

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network Donates to Local Food Pantry

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network Donates to Local Food Pantry

Cassopolis, MI, December 17, 2019 – The holidays are a time of family, food, and generosity. “Our mission at Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN) is to provide compassionate healthcare to people in our communities. However, many families in our community have healthcare needs that extend beyond the doctor’s office and are in need of assistance in providing food for themselves and their children,” said Mary Geegan Middleton, CEO of CFCN. This holiday season, CFCN is taking its’ slogan ‘Our Family. Caring For Yours.’ a step further and giving back to its’ community by donating $500 worth of non-perishable items to a local food pantry – A.C.T.I.O.N. Ministries.

Located in Dowagiac at 301 Main Street, A.C.T.I.O.N. (Area Churches Together in One Network) Ministries is a non-profit organization serving the needs of families and individuals residing in Cass County. A.C.T.I.O.N. Ministries operates a food pantry every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

“We are always in need of volunteers to assist with the food distribution programs, maintenance of buildings and other service projects that may come our way throughout the year. People seeking to volunteer may stop by on Saturday mornings or call A.C.T.I.O.N. at 269-782-0000,” said Jeff Neumann, A.C.T.I.O.N. Ministries Board Member and Media Liaison.

For individuals who would like to donate to the food pantry, non-perishable items may be dropped off at A.C.T.I.O.N. Ministries at 301 Main Street or at Farm Bureau Insurance at 216 S. Front Street. Please call ahead to schedule a drop off time. Monetary donations are also welcome and can be donated by mail or by going to actiondowagiac.org.

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).