Provider Joins Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

Brian RouseProvider Joins Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

Cassopolis, MI, November 17, 2015– Brian Rouse, a certified physician assistant, has joined the medical staff of Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN).

Rouse received his associate of applied science degree in emergency medical services – paramedics from Kellogg Community College and his master of science degree in physician assistant studies from Western Michigan University.  He has recently completed his Physician Assistant National Certification from the American Association of Physician Assistants. Prior to his employment at CFCN, Rouse was a Paramedic with PrideCare Ambulance in Kalamazoo, MI.

Rouse has begun his career with CFCN at Cassopolis Family Clinic and will transition to Niles Community Health Center located across from Lakeland Hospital –Niles.  “I was introduced to the physician assistant career while working as a paramedic and chose to become a physician assistant due to the desire to build more substantial relationships with the people I come into contact with.  I enjoy solving medical issues and being able to educate my patients in a manner that is understandable for them,” Rouse said of his transition from a paramedic to a medical provider. “I felt welcome the first day I came to CFCN and look forward to taking care of the residents 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.

 

Nurse Practitioner joins Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

Mphasa Bulaya, FNP-C

Mphasa Bulaya, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner Joins Cassopolis Family Clinic Network
Cassopolis, MI, November 10, 2015– Mphasa Bulaya, a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, has joined the medical staff of the Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN).

Originally from Zambia, Africa, Bulaya received her associate degree in nursing from Lake Michigan College and her master of nursing degree from Indiana University of South Bend. She has recently completed her Family Nurse Practitioner Certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Prior to her employment at Cassopolis Family Clinic Network, Bulaya was a Registered Nurse at Lakeland Health.

Bulaya will soon begin her career with CFCN at Cassopolis Family Clinic and will transition to share her time at Ranger Wellness Center (RWC) located in Ross Beatty Jr. /Sr. High School. “CFCN is a good fit for me because I have vast experience in helping and caring for people of different ages. In Zambia, I was engaged in charity work organizations helping with the sick at a young age. My desire to help others grew and led me to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. I look forward to serving the patients of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties for years to come,” Bulaya said of her new career opportunity at CFCN. Cassopolis Family Clinic is located at 261 M-62 North, Cassopolis and offers primary care, dental, behavioral health, Medicaid/healthcare enrollment, and pharmacy services. CFC is open Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment please 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.

Social Worker Joins Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

Mitchell Hannafius, LMSW

Mitchell Hannafius, LMSW

Social Worker Joins Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

Cassopolis, MI, October 30, 2015– Mitchell B. Hannafius, Licensed Masters Social Worker, has joined the staff of Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN).

Hannafius educational background consists of associate degree from Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba, Michigan, bachelor of Social Work degree from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, and master of Social Work degree from Western Michigan University.  Prior to his employment at CFCN, Hannafius was the owner and licensed therapist of Jericho Counseling Center of Niles.  Hannafius shares his time at Ranger Wellness Center located in Ross Beatty Jr. / Sr. High School and Cassopolis Family Clinic.

“Integration of behavioral healthcare and primary care allows providers to care for their patients in a more holistic manner,” says   Mary Geegan Middleton, CEO.  “Social workers are part of our patient care teams, and are available for brief or episodic counseling.”

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, call (269) 445-3874 or go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org.

Senator Proos Visits Cassopolis Family Clinic

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Mary Geegan Middleton, CEO; Senator John Proos; Rose Middleton, Marketing Coordinator

Senator Proos Visits Cassopolis Family Clinic

Cassopolis, MI, September 1, 2015 – Senator John Proos visited Cassopolis Family Clinic on Friday, August 21st to tour the facility and learn more about how the Community Health Center is increasing access to affordable health care for the residents of Cass and southeast Berrien County.

Senator Proos and District Representative Adam Mensinger spent over an hour with CFC leadership during their recent visit to the new facility.  Proos first took a tour of the facility stopping at the pharmacy, primary care, dental and behavioral health. On his tour he was able to speak with Community Health Worker (CHW), Stacy Lozada, to better understand how the CHW Program helps to assist patients with every day needs such as transportation and medication management.

Next, Proos sat down with Mary Geegan Middleton, CEO, to discuss the future of Cassopolis Family Clinic Network and its plans to increase access to primary care in the Niles community.     “I am proud of the great work that is being done by the Cassopolis Family Clinic every day in our Southwest Michigan community,” said Proos.  “It was wonderful to see firsthand the way that the clinic is providing necessary healthcare services to individuals and families that might otherwise go without.”

 

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.

 

Representative Miller Visits Cassopolis Family Clinic

Rep Aaron MillerRepresentative Miller Visits Cassopolis Family Clinic
Cassopolis, MI, August 18, 2015 – Cassopolis Family Clinic was honored to host a visit by Michigan House Representative Aaron Miller on Friday, August 14th in observance of National Health Center Week. It was Representative Miller’s first visit to Cassopolis Family Clinic since his election in the fall of 2014.
His visit included a tour of the Health Center, during which he met with administrative and support staff to discuss the overall operation and uniqueness of the Community Health Center Program. Shirley Lee, Outreach and Enrollment Specialist, explained how Certified Outreach and Enrollment staff take time to meet privately with uninsured patients to discuss their health care coverage options, and assist them in the application process for Medicaid or the Health Care Marketplace. During his tour of the Health Center, Representative Miller expressed confidence that Community Health Centers are an important part of the local health care system.
About Cassopolis Family Clinic Network
Cassopolis Family Clinic is located at 261 M-62 North, Cassopolis and offers primary care, dental, behavioral health, Medicaid/healthcare enrollment, and pharmacy services. CFC is open Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (269) 445-3874.
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.

A Word From the CEO

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A Word From the CEO

Cassopolis – August 8, 2015 – Even as more Americans have health insurance coverage these days, a serious healthcare problem persists nationwide: a shortage of places to go to get the primary and preventive care services that everyone needs. A key part of the solution lies in our nation’s Community Health Centers, which have provided quality, affordable care for the past five decades, and are increasingly becoming the go-to medical home for growing numbers of working Americans.

What began as a modest demonstration program in the mid-1960s has evolved 50 years later into the largest and most successful primary care system in the country. Since their inception, health centers have demonstrated impressive results in reducing infant mortality, improving immunizations rates, developing programs for early screening and treatment of cancer, and managing chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes. Today, health centers serve more than 23 million Americans, including about seven million children and 260,000 veterans in more than 9,200 communities across the country.

Why does the demand for health center services continue to grow?  One reason is that they are good at what they do.  The care health centers provide is as good or even better that what one finds in a private physician practice. Health center patients report satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent. Also, health center services are conveniently offered under one roof and may include dental, pharmacy, mental health and substance abuse counseling, vision, pediatric, geriatric, OB-GYN, and much more.

There are health centers like ours across the country which save the U.S. healthcare system more than $24 billion every year in reduced overall costs from preventable hospitalizations and avoidable emergency room visits—a figure that dwarfs the federal investments made in their operations. Sustained public investment is critical. Without it, millions of patients could lose access to care and trigger a backlash of increased healthcare costs at a time when 62 million people across the country are already struggling with little or no access to affordable healthcare.

Health centers averted a massive cut to their funding earlier this year thanks to action by Members of Congress.  We are grateful to Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, who, along with Congressman Fred Upton, supported continued federal funding of the health center program. Without their leadership, hundreds of families in our community would have lost access to affordable healthcare at Cassopolis Family Clinic Network.  We are grateful for their support and are using National Health Center Week 2015 (August 9-15) to thank them for their vote. Because of their efforts, health centers can continue to serve people and communities in need.

Mary Geegan Middleton

Chief Executive Officer

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network