Addiction Survivor Speaks to Cassopolis Students

Misty Dotson Collett shares her story of addiction and road to sobriety with Cassopolis students.

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 Accreditation

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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.

Behavioral Therapist Joins Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

Ruth Hood, LMSW

Ruth Hood, LMSW

Behavioral Therapist Joins Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

Cassopolis, MI, September 9, 2016– Ruth Hood, Licensed Master’s Social Worker, has joined the staff of Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN).

Hood, originally of Sioux City, Iowa, received her Associate in Arts Degree from Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, MI, and Bachelor of Science and Master of Social Work Degrees from Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, MI.  Prior to her employment at CFCN, Hood was a Behavioral Health Case Manager in Waterford, MI. “My favorite aspect of Behavioral Health is its emphasis of holistic healthcare, the combination of behavioral healthcare and primary care, resulting in the integration of the whole person.  I look forward to working at CFCN and the ability to help people find a better quality of life,” said Hood.

Hood will provide behavioral health services at Niles Community Health Center (NCHC).  NCHC is located at 24 North St. Joseph Avenue, Suite G, Niles, MI, across from Lakeland Hospital – Niles and offers primary care, behavioral health, and Medicaid/healthcare enrollment services.  NCHC is open Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment please call (269) 262-4749.

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.

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network Adds Dentist

Andrew Zaremba, D.M.D.

Andrew Zaremba, D.M.D.

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network Adds Dentist    

Cassopolis, MI, August 9, 2016 – Andrew Zaremba, D.M.D. joins the staff of Cassopolis Family Clinic Network.

Dr. Zaremba, originally from Idaho, received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine in May 2016 from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. “When I was younger, I wanted to find a career where I could provide a meaningful service to others but still provide a good work and family life balance. I feel that dentistry provides me that platform where I can help many people and still be able to spend much of my time with my family,” Zaremba said when asked why he wanted to become a dentist.

Dr. Zaremba began seeing patients at Cassopolis Family Clinic Dental in August 2016 and will be working alongside Dental Director, Dr. Tia Jeffers. “I think that I will be a good fit for Cassopolis Family Clinic Dental because I work very hard to treat patients with a holistic approach and not just their oral needs. Working at CFCN is a great opportunity for me because I can work with a whole team of health professionals that work together to better serve their patients.”

Cassopolis Family Clinic Dental is located inside Cassopolis Family Clinic at 261 M-62 in Cassopolis. Cassopolis Family Clinic Dental is open Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and accepts patients who do not have dental insurance or are covered by Michigan Medicaid. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (269) 228-8500.

The Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is a 501(c) 3 non-profit Community Health Center. For more information go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org or call (269) 445-3874.

Dentist Joins Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

Dr. Mike Hewlett

Michael Hewlett, DMD

Dentist Joins Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

Cassopolis, MI, August 1, 2016 – Michael Hewlett, DMD joins the staff of Cassopolis Family Clinic Network.

Dr. Hewlett, originally from Utah, received his Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology in 2011 from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He then continued his education to earn a Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 2016 from Roseman University of Health Sciences in South Jordan, Utah. Prior to his career at CFCN, Hewlett was a pre-doctoral student at the Roseman University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine Clinic for 3 years. “Growing up I wanted to work in a healthcare capacity and I’ve always enjoyed building/working with my hands. When I started exploring dentistry, I quickly realized it was the best of both worlds. I am able to have personal interaction with patients and the opportunity to understand and help them fix their dental issues,” Hewlett said when asked why he wanted to become a dentist.

Dr. Hewlett will begin seeing patients at Cassopolis Family Clinic Dental in August 2016 and will transition to Niles Community Health Center (NCHC) Dental upon it’s opening in September. NCHC Dental will be located at 122 Grant Street, Niles, MI across from Lakeland Hospital – Niles and will be open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. NCHC Dental will provide dental services to those who do not have dental insurance or are covered by Michigan Medicaid. For more information, please call (269) 262-4364.

The Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is a 501(c) 3 non-profit Community Health Center. For more information go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org or call (269) 445-3874.

Edwardsburg Native Joins Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

Neil BowmanEdwardsburg Native Joins Cassopolis Family Clinic Network  

Cassopolis, MI, July 5, 2016– Neil Bowman, Family Nurse Practitioner, has joined the medical staff of Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN).

Bowman, a fourth generation Edwardsburg native, received his Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from Southwestern Michigan College, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner from Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana.  He is Board Certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

“Helping the community I grew up in makes me feel like I am a good fit for CFCN.  Taking ownership of how people are taken care of in your community can be a very rewarding experience,” said Bowman when asked why he feels he is a good fit for CFCN.  “The ability to not just tell someone what to do to improve their health but to teach them the importance of making that change is important to me.”

Cassopolis Family Clinic (CFC) is located at 261 M-62 North, Cassopolis and offers primary care, dental, behavioral health, Medicaid/healthcare coverage 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.