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).

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Stress-Less Holiday

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - Stress-Less Holiday

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Stress-Less Holiday

Aired: 12/16/2019

The holiday season is a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate life’s many blessings.  While this is a joyful time, it can also become overwhelming and stressful.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses tips on how to have a stress-less holiday season.

You Time

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is really important to set aside time for yourself.   Try going for a walk, meditating, listening to calming music, or even scheduling a spa day.  

Healthy Habits

The holiday season is filled with big dinners, holiday beverages, and sugary treats.  It is extremely important to eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, avoid sweets, exercise and get at least seven hours of sleep each night.   If you are worried about over eating, try having a healthy snack before you go to avoid overindulging.  

Simplify Your Holiday

If you are easily overwhelmed, remember to keep it simple.  Having a get together at your home?  Keep it simple.  Get everyone involved and delegate.   Rather than taking care of the entire meal on your own, ask everyone to bring a dish to pass.   If you know hosting an event in your home will cause you extreme stress and anxiety, know your limitations and simply say no.  

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 – Celebrate the Holidays Responsibly

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - Celebrate the Holidays Responsibly

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Celebrate the Holidays Responsibly

Aired: 12.9.2019

The holiday season is the #1 most dangerous time of the year for alcohol-related accidents and deaths.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses tips on how to celebrate the holidays with friends and family responsibly.  

Think Ahead

Designate a sober driver – Before heading out to enjoy an evening of dinner and adult beverages, decide who will be the designated driver.  Be sure to ‘Thank’ your driver by paying for their meal and/or non-alcoholic beverage.   

Schedule a ride – Party buses or limos are a great way to safely enjoy an evening with your closest friends without the worry of drinking and driving.   

Be the Hostess with the Mostest

Hosting a holiday party?  Offer fun and festive non-alcoholic drinks for the designated sober drivers.   A few suggestions:  Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Cider, Shirley Temples, Sherbet Punch. 

Last Minute Decision

When faced with a situation where you have had too much to drink and do not have a designated driver, stop and consider your options.  

  • Call a friend or family member
  • Ask the bartender to call a taxi or shuttle service
  • Call an Uber

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).