Congressman Upton Visits New Niles Community Health Center Facility

Congressman Upton Visits New Niles Community Health Center Facility

Cassopolis, MI, November 22, 2019 – Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN) was honored to host a visit of the new Niles Community Health Center facility by Congressman Fred Upton on Friday, November 22nd, just two days after its Grand Opening.  His visit included a tour of the health center, during which he met with CFCN Chief Executive Officer, Mary Geegan Middleton and Board President, Robert Feldman to discuss the importance of the Community Health Center (CHC) program and extended funding to ensure health centers are able to continue to provide affordable healthcare access in the communities they serve.   The bill to extend Community Health Center program funding, originally given a deadline of September 30th, 2019, is now on its second Continuing Resolution (C.R.) which expires on December 21st.   “CHCs have always received overwhelming bi-partisan support.  As a supporter of the program, we are pushing to have the funding for CHCs reauthorized before the deadline to ensure the people of this community and others have access to quality healthcare,” said Upton.   If congress does not pass the C.R. by December 21st, CHC’s will enter 2020 with yet another C.R. that provides a short-term funding extension.  “We are asking for five years of extended funding, with increases over time to allow for growth for health centers and the essential programs they rely on, like the National Health Service Corps and the Teaching Health Center program.  A five-year plan eliminates the uncertainty caused by year-to-year, and now month-to-month, renewals of this critical investment in access to care.  Short-term extensions do not work for small businesses, like CHCs, which strengthen communities and care for 29 million people across the country,” said Middleton.

CFCN, a Federally Qualified Health Center, provides primary care, behavioral health, dental, pharmacy, obstetrics and gynecology, and healthcare enrollment assistance services for people who are uninsured, underinsured, covered by Medicare and Michigan Medicaid, along with most commercial insurances. With the uncertainty of the future of the Community Health Center program funding, CFCN finds it important for local and state representatives to see firsthand the impact Community Health Centers have on the communities they serve.  Congressman Upton expressed his appreciation for health centers and his confidence that CHCs currently and will continue to play a vital role in our community.

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 – The Importance of Medical ID’s

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - The Importance of Medical ID's

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – The Importance of Medical ID’s

Aired: 11/11/2019

Medical emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere – especially if someone has a pre-existing condition or has food or medication allergies.  Being prepared for medical emergencies is key.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses the importance of medical identification.

What is a Medical ID?

A medical id is am emblem or tag that is worn by an individual with a medical condition to alert others that the individual may require immediate medical assistance.  There are several kinds of Medical Alert ID’s.  From bracelets, necklaces, and some even have their id tattooed.   MedicAlert bracelets are the most common type of medical identification.

How does it work?

The tag worn by the individual with a medical condition displays their ailment to physicians and/or first responders when the individual is unable to communicate.   The tag is engraved with the person’s name, medical condition, a number to the 24-hour MedicAlert line, and the wearer’s personal ID number, which provides access to their medical information and history through the MedicAlert database.  When the number is called, MedicAlert, will send the patients information to the medical provider or hospital treating the individual.

How do I get a Medical Alert Bracelet?

If you have a medical condition or allergy and would like to discuss the possibility of getting a Medical Alert Bracelet, contact your primary care provider.

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).

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – The Importance of Early Prenatal Care

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - The Importance of Early Prenatal Care

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – The Importance of Early Prenatal Care

Aired 11.04.2019

The key to a successful pregnancy and delivery is prenatal care.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses the importance of early prenatal care.

What is Prenatal Care?

Prenatal care is medical care an expectant mother receives during pregnancy.  At each prenatal care visit, the healthcare provider monitors the maternal and fetal wellbeing. 

Prenatal care allows the provider to:

  • Provide the expectant mother information on suggested healthy behaviors;
  • Educate the expectant mother on what to expect during and after pregnancy;
  • Detect early signs of potential complications.

Timely and adequate prenatal care not only creates a positive impact on infant health but also plays a significant role in post-partum maternal health. 

Why Prenatal Care? 

Prenatal care can:

  • Reduce risk of pregnancy complications;
  • Provide insight into the baby’s development;
  • Provide important nutritional information for following a healthy diet;
  • Allow the mother to take important tests to ensure both mother and baby are healthy;
  • Prepare the mother and her family for labor and delivery.

When Should I Begin Prenatal Care?

Prenatal care should ideally start before pregnancy.  An appointment should be scheduled as soon as the pregnancy has been confirmed.   The first visit should be schedule before the 12th week of pregnancy if possible.  

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).

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - Beat Those Winter Blues Before They Start

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Beat Those Winter Blues Before They Start

Aired: 10/28/2019

As daylight saving time ends this weekend, we are quickly reminded that winter is right around the corner.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses what you can do to get ahead of the winter blues.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons and is most common during the late fall and early winter months.  

Symptoms

Some symptoms of SAD one may experience can be: low energy, overeating/weight gain, and excessive  sleeping. 

Beat the Blues

  • Light Therapy – Purchase a full spectrum lightbulb and place the lamp on a timer to turn on two hours before your morning alarm. This will allow you to receive the benefits of daylight before you wake to start your day. 
  • Exercise Regularly – Be sure to exercise at least 3 times a week.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight – Eat a diet full of fruits, vegetables and lean protein.
  • Plan an outdoor adventure or vacation to look forward to.

 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.

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - Why Do I Need a Primary Care Provider

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Who Do I Need a Primary Care Provider?

 Aired: 10/21/2019

When most individuals think of going to the doctor, it is usually correlated to an illness.  Even though scheduling a doctor’s visit when you are sick is important, establishing a primary care provider before you get sick is crucial.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses why you need a primary care provider.

Taking Care of Your Whole Self

Whether you are ill, having concerns about your family history, have questions regarding a vaccine, feeling anxious, or need assistance managing your medications, a primary care provider focuses on holistic healthcare and has the resources available to help you maintain a healthy life physically and mentally.  

 Someone You Get to Know and Trust

When you need the attention of a provider, it is beneficial if the provider already has a relationship with you and understands your concerns and medical history.   By scheduling annual visits with your primary care provider, together you are able to build your medical history and manage concerns and conditions before they become an issue.

 Lower Overall Healthcare Costs

By keeping regular appointments with your primary care provider, scheduling regular screenings, and keeping open communication with your provider, patients can not only catch health issues early, it can also contribute to a reduction in overall healthcare costs.    

 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).

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Healthy Halloween

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - Healthy Halloween

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Healthy Halloween

Aired: 10/14/2019

Even though Halloween is still a few weeks away, children are excited to pick out their costumes and prepare for upcoming Halloween festivities.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses helpful tips on how to keep you and your family safe this Halloween.

Safe Sweet Treats

  • Make sure to examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. 
  • Discard unwanted treats.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. 
  • Avoid eating homemade treats made my strangers.
  • Ration sweets to avoid unhealthy binge eating.

Costume Safety

  • Wear well-fitted masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
  • Check product labels to make sure costumes are flame retardant.

Trick-Or-Treating Safely

  • Always trick-or-treat in groups or with a trusted adult. Never trick-or-treat alone.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Use a flashlight to see where you are going and also for drivers to see you.
  • Always use sidewalks if available, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

 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).