Cassopolis Family Clinic Network Receives Perfect Score on Federal Site Inspection
Cassopolis, MI, October 4, 2017 – Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN), a Federally Qualified Health Center providing comprehensive primary healthcare to residents of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties, has successfully completed a site visit from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), ensuring continued funding from the Federal agency.
HRSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving health and achieving health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce, and innovative programs including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) via the Bureau of Primary Health Care. Health Centers receiving grant money from HRSA are required to be compliant with 19 program requirements in four general areas – need, services, management and finance, and governance, in order to receive a continuation of funding. CFCN received no conditions against continued funding for any of the 19 program requirements – a rare achievement.
The management staff at CFCN credited much of the visit’s success to the Health Center’s staff. “Meeting all 19 program requirements, without any conditions against the Health Center’s funding, is a testament to the exceptional people that make CFCN’s success possible,” says Mary Geegan Middleton, Chief Executive Officer at CFCN. “I want to thank the staff, providers, and CFCN’s Board of Directors, both past and present, for their time and dedication to our success.”
For over 50 years, CFCN, has provided primary medical care and related support services to residents of Cass and southeast Berrien County. The Health Center became a FQHC in 2008 and is one of the 39 FQHC organizations in Michigan. CFCN served 12,609 people in 2016, and that number is growing every day, especially with the addition of a new Dental office, Niles Community Health Center Dental, last October.
“We are constantly working to recruit new providers and expand services to continue to increase
access to primary medical care, dental and behavioral health services for people of all ages in
Cass and southeast Berrien Counties,” adds Middleton.
CFCN provides comprehensive primary care, dental, behavioral health, obstetrics and
gynecology, pharmacy, and healthcare enrollment assistance services for people of all ages who
are uninsured, underinsured, covered by Michigan Medicaid and Medicare along with most
CFCN is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center.
To learn more about Cassopolis Family Clinic Network, www.cassfamilyclinic.org.
Mary Geegan Middleton, CEO
Celebrating National Health Center Week
August 13, 2017
By: Mary Geegan Middleton, CEO
This week leaders at the local, state and national level will join communities in celebration of National Health Center Week 2017. Their messages and visits to health centers will demonstrate that not only is it possible to move beyond the partisan divide over health care, but to support and agree on a program vital to our communities and the nation’s public health.
Community Health Centers like ours, Cassopolis Family Clinic Network, are part of a national network that is the family doctor to more than 25 million Americans. The program started more than 50 years ago as a small but bold demonstration project to provide health care in medically underserved areas. Over the course of their existence, health centers have saved countless lives, reduced and prevented chronic disease in the most challenged of patients and provided patients with affordable options for care than a costly hospital emergency room. Health centers have proven to be innovators in treating chronic disease and responding to national health crises, such as the opioid epidemic that kills 78 people in the U.S. every day.
There is little doubt that health centers have contributed significantly to cost savings for the American taxpayer. In fact health centers save, on average, $2,371 (or 24%) in total spending per Medicaid patient when compared to other providers, according to a 2016 study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Yet, it is not sufficient to describe health centers as just another health care program. They are more than that. They are problem-solvers that look beyond medical charts not only to prevent illness but also address the factors that actually cause poor health, such as homelessness, lack of nutrition, stress or unemployment.
Through decades and through bipartisan administrations Congress has consistently seen the value in growing the federal investment in the health center system of care. Public investment is critical now more than ever. Right now a crisis looms with the scheduled expiration of a fund at the end of September that will result in a significant cut to the budget of every health center. Congress must act swiftly and extend funding and fix this funding cliff. Why? Because at time when efforts to reform the health care system are moving forward, this is no time to turn our backs on people who depend on health centers for affordable care.
Health centers bring a unique and important perspective to the national conversation on health care. We are proud that we can work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to strengthen and improve the availability of quality primary care and preventive services to everyone who needs it. Good health begins with primary care. Access to Community Health Centers is a prescription for the good health of our nation.
Mary Geegan Middleton, CEO
The Effects of AHCA on Community Health Centers
May 22, 2017
By: Mary Geegan Middleton, CEO
The waiting room of our health center, Cassopolis Family Clinic Network, is thousands of miles from the U.S. Capitol, but the deliberations under that dome to fix healthcare will have a direct impact on the patients in our waiting room.
Community Health Centers like ours bring a unique and important perspective to the national conversation on healthcare. We are part of a nationwide network that started more than 50 years ago to provide quality primary care in places where doctors and services were scarce or non-existent. Our health centers have since grown to serve as the family doctor to 25 million Americans in communities all over the country. We have saved countless lives while using federal resources very efficiently. We have reduced and prevented chronic disease for the most challenging patients and provided people with more affordable options for healthcare than a hospital emergency room.
There is little doubt that health centers have contributed significantly to cost savings for the American taxpayer. In fact they save on average $2,371 (or 24%) in total spending per Medicaid patient when compared to other providers, according to a 2016 study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Yet, it is not sufficient to describe us as just another health care program. We are problem-solvers that look beyond medical charts, not only to prevent illness, but also to address the factors that actually cause poor health, such as homelessness, lack of nutrition, stress or unemployment.
For decades our health centers have earned bipartisan support. Yet, even such broad support may not be enough to ensure we can continue to serve people in need.
Proposals now being considered to block grant Medicaid and roll back states’ expansion of the program will put 6,676 Cassopolis Family Clinic Network patients at risk for losing their insurance protection. Typically when people have no insurance they will delay needed care and require more costly medical interventions as they get sick. When that happens, we all pay a price.
Similarly, proposals to place the most vulnerable and sick patients into underfunded high-risk pools will cause our patients who are most in need of coverage to face the greatest challenge in affording it.
Both insurance coverage and access to care are vital to our nation’s health. We are committed to working with all lawmakers – no matter on which side of the aisle they sit – to strengthen and improve our nation’s healthcare system.
Congressman Upton Visits Cassopolis Family Clinic
Cassopolis, MI, April 19, 2017 – Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN) was honored to host a visit of Cassopolis Family Clinic (CFC) by Congressman Fred Upton on Tuesday, April 18. It was Congressman Upton’s first visit to the facility since its opening in November 2014. His visit included a tour of the health center, during which he met with CEO Mary Geegan Middleton, Board Chair Robert Feldman, Michigan Primary Care Association’s Policy and Government Affairs Manager Ryan Grinnell-Ackerman, COO Tammy Howard, and Medical Director Dr. Genevieve Lankowicz to discuss the importance of the Community Health Center program and affordable healthcare access for the residents of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties. 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, covered by Michigan Medicaid and Medicare, along with most commercial insurances. With the uncertainty of the future of 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 confidence that Community Health Centers currently and will continue to play a vital role in our community. “I’m going to continue to support Community Health Centers to ensure the people of this community and others have access to quality healthcare,” said Upton.
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.
Misty Dotson Collett shares her story of addiction and road to sobriety with Cassopolis students.
Addiction Survivor Speaks to Cassopolis Students
Cassopolis, MI, November 22, 2016– When students of the Ranger Wellness Center Youth Advisory Committee were asked what social issue they thought their peers should be better educated on, drug and alcohol addiction awareness was unanimously chosen. The Ranger Wellness Center Youth Advisory Committee is made up of 12 students from Ross Beatty Jr. /Sr. High School and is led by Nurse Practitioner and Cassopolis graduate, Tabitha Pollard. Working with Cassopolis Public Schools and Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare Network, Pollard was connected with Woodlands Recovery Coach, Misty (Dotson) Collett.
On Friday, November 18, Ross Beatty High School students had the opportunity to attend a lecture on drug and alcohol addiction awareness and meet someone who has dealt with addiction firsthand. Cass County resident, Misty Collett, shared her story of drug addiction after being sober for 5 years on November 21. “I was always told, ‘Don’t do Drugs’, I even signed a contract as a child that stated I would stay drug-free. Growing up in an abusive home since the age of 4, I was always told to be quiet and measured my safety by how much alcohol was consumed that day. I turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with the traumatic experience of witnessing my mother kill my father in self-defense at the age of 10 and losing my mother to cancer a year and a half later,” said Misty. Of all of the drugs she had tried, nothing quite had a hold of her like Methamphetamine, which took over her life for nearly 15 years. On November 21, 2011, a day that she will never forget, Misty and her now husband were arrested on 5 felony drugs charges and her son was taken into custody and placed into the foster system. Misty’s arrest was the ‘ray of hope’ she was needing to lead to life of recovery and sobriety.
At the closing of her talk with the students Misty said, “Looking back on my struggle with addiction, the most important thing I want you to know today, it’s ok to ask for help. You are valuable and you have a choice. No matter what you’re going through, just keep talking about it, simply because you are worth it. If you have already used, it does not mean you are useless or have no hope, just reach out for help.”
Misty is now a Recovery Coach and Peer Support Specialist with Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare Network. “In my first meeting after jail, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to give people the hope, love and attention they need to get through their road to recovery,” Misty stated.
Among the students and staff who attended the assembly, was Ross Beatty Jr./Sr. High School Principal David VanLue. “Lectures on drug and alcohol addiction awareness are an important part of helping students understand the many aspects of this topic. This information can include factual data about what substance abuse is; warning signs of addiction; information about how alcohol and specific drugs affect the mind and body; the consequences that addiction can have on one’s physical and mental health, family, relationships, and other areas of functioning; and how and why substances are abused.” said VanLue.
If an adolescent of Cass County is facing issues surrounding drug, tobacco, or alcohol addiction they are able to reach out to Ranger Wellness Center, Cassopolis Family Clinic, or Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare Network. “These resources are able to see adolescents age 14 years and older without parental consent following the state confidential services for minors law, however parental involvement is highly encouraged,” stated Pollard.
Ranger Wellness Center (RWC) is a School-Based Health Center and is owned and operated by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network. RWC is staffed by a Nurse Practitioner, Certified Medical Assistant and has a Behavioral Therapist that is on site two days a week. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (269) 445-WELL (9355).
About Cassopolis Family Clinic Network
Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center. With locations in Cassopolis and Niles, CFCN provides compassionate healthcare for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties. For more information, call (269) 445-3874 or go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org.
Cassopolis Family Clinic Network Achieves AAAHC Accrediation
Cassopolis, MI, November 3, 2016 – Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN) has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this Community Health Center from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.
Status as an accredited organization means CFCN has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality healthcare set by AAAHC. More than 6,000 ambulatory healthcare organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory healthcare organizations seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation.
“We believe our patients deserve the best,” stated Mary Geegan Middleton, Chief Executive Officer of CFCN. “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means we as an organization care enough about our patients to strive for the highest level of care possible.”
Ambulatory healthcare organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.
“Going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients, and it is a constant reminder that our responsibility is to strive to continuously improve the quality of care we provide,” said Middleton.
Cassopolis Family Clinic Network, founded in 1964, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center. With locations in Cassopolis and Niles, CFCN provides primary care, behavioral health, dental, pharmacy, and healthcare enrollment assistance services for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien County. CFCN is able to care for people who are uninsured, underinsured, covered by Michigan Medicaid and Medicare, and most commercial insurances. For more information, go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org or call (269) 445-3874.
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory healthcare accreditation with more than 6,000 organizations accredited nationwide. AAAHC accredits a variety of organizations including, ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, endoscopy centers, student health centers, military healthcare clinics, and large medical and dental practices. AAAHC serves as an advocate for the provision of high-quality healthcare through the development of nationally recognized standards and through its survey and accreditation programs. AAAHC accreditation is recognized as a symbol of quality by third-party payers, medical organizations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies and the public.