Local Representatives Visit Cassopolis Family Clinic

Cassopolis, MI, August 6, 2019 – Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN) was honored to host visits to Cassopolis Family Clinic (CFC) by State Senator Kim LaSata and State Representative(s) Brad Paquette and Aaron Miller on Monday, August 6th in honor of National Health Center Week. It was Sen. LaSata’s and Rep. Paquette’s first visit to the Community Health Center. Their visits included a tour of the health center, during which they met with members of the CFCN Board of Directors, CEO Mary Geegan Middleton, and the administrative team to discuss of the importance of the Community Health Center program and affordable healthcare access for the residents of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties. “It was fantastic to tour the Cassopolis Family Clinic facility and learn more about the critical role they play in fulfilling the healthcare needs of our friends and neighbors. It warms my heart to see the great work they are doing in southwest Michigan,” said Rep. Paquette. CFCN, a Federally Qualified Health Center, provides care for people who are uninsured, underinsured, covered by Medicare, Michigan Medicaid, and most commercial insurances.

With the increase in demand for affordable healthcare, CFCN believes it is important for local and state representatives to understand the value the Community Health Center program brings to the community it serves. “Community Health Centers serve the medical needs of our neighbors through quality, innovative and affordable healthcare,” said Sen. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township. “I appreciated the opportunity to tour the Cassopolis Family Clinic, and to hear about progress on the forthcoming Niles Community Health Center that is under construction, in celebration of National Health Center Week. My thanks to all of the dedicated healthcare professionals who help make Southwest Michigan a great place to live and work.”

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, designated a Federally Qualified Health Center. With locations in Cassopolis and Niles, CFCN provides primary care, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, dental, pharmacy, and healthcare enrollment assistance services for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties. CFCN provides care for people who are uninsured, underinsured, covered by Medicare and Michigan Medicaid and most commercial insurances. For more information, go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org or call (269) 445-3874.

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).

Dentist Joins Niles Community Health Center Dental

Madison Mick, D.M.D., Dentist at Cassopolis Family Clinic, Cassopolis, MICassopolis, MI, July 24, 2019 – Madison Mick, DMD has joined the staff of Niles Community Health Center Dental (NCHC Dental).

Dr. Mick, originally from Minnesota, received her Bachelor of Arts from College of Saint Benedict in Saint Joseph, MN. She then continued her education to earn a Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Roseman University of Health Sciences in South Jordan, UT. Prior to her career at NCHC Dental, Mick completed two externships, one of which was at another Community Health Center. “I truly enjoy working in the Community Health Center setting where patients have access to high-quality services most would otherwise go without. I believe everyone deserves access to dental care and oral health education and I look forward to helping patients of NCHC Dental achieve a healthier and happier smile,” Mick said.

Dr. Mick began seeing patients at NCHC Dental earlier this month. NCHC Dental is located at 122 Grant Street, Niles, MI and is open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. NCHC Dental offers dental services to patients who do not have dental insurance, are covered by Michigan Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Delta Dental. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (269) 262-4364.

NCHC Dental is owned and operated by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN). CFCN is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, designated a Federally Qualified Health Center. With locations in Cassopolis and Niles, CFCN provides primary care, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, dental, pharmacy, and healthcare enrollment assistance services for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties. CFCN provides care for people who are uninsured, underinsured, covered by Medicare and Michigan Medicaid, and most commercial insurances. For more information, go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org or call (269) 445-3874.

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).

Senator Stabenow Continues Health Care “Check-In” Visits in Benton Harbor, Cassopolis

Southwest Michigan, July 10th, 2019 – Last week, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) continued a series of health care “check-in” visits across the state. Stabenow met with providers, patients, and other stakeholders in Southwest Michigan to hear first-hand about their challenges and needs. Stabenow first toured the Benton Harbor VA Clinic before meeting with officials at the Benton Harbor InterCare Community Health Network Clinic. She then toured the Cassopolis Family Clinic Network and met with providers and board members.

Over 900,000 people or 17% of all Michigan workers are employed in healthcare-related jobs. Health care has a $65 billion economic impact each year in Michigan—more than any other industry in the state. From hospitals, VA clinics and pharmacies to mental health and addiction treatment programs, home health and school-based clinics, Senator Stabenow is visiting a broad range of health services and providers across the state this year. She will help showcase innovative programs and services and discuss ways to improve services and bring down costs.

“Health care directly impacts the lives of people and is also one of the biggest drivers of our economy,” said Senator Stabenow. “Today’s visits are an important way for me to hear first-hand from some of Michigan’s most dedicated health professionals and patients on ways to improve care and bring down costs for Michigan families.”

“We were pleased to meet with Senator Stabenow and discuss services provided to Veterans at the Benton Harbor VA CBOC, where we are honored to provide services to almost 3,000 Veterans,” said Brian Pegouske, Public Affairs Officer for the Battle Creek VA Medical Center. “The MISISON Act helps us to meet the needs of our Veterans at the right time and place. We are in the planning phase for expanding the clinic space by the end of 2020 to better serve our nation’s heroes in the community.”

“We were delighted to give Senator Stabenow a tour of our Benton Harbor facility and discuss the changing needs of our communities,” said Velma Hendershott, CEO of InterCare Community Health Network. “One of the main benefits of community health centers is the comprehensive range of services, and we strive to integrate all of these services together to provide a patient-centered home for our patients. We would like to thank Senator Stabenow for her unwavering advocacy on behalf of community health centers and the nearly 700,000 individuals that are served in health centers in Michigan.” 

“We are so pleased to have Senator Stabenow return to our community and see what we’ve accomplished, in terms of our new facilities and expanded services,” said Mary Geegan Middleton, CEO of Cassopolis Family Clinic Network. “Her staunch support of HRSA funding for the Community Health Center program has been a critical factor in Cassopolis Family Clinic Network’s success.”  

InterCare is the 3rd largest Community Health Network in the state of Michigan and serves four counties in southwest Michigan – Allegan, Berrien, Ottawa, and Van Buren. As a community health center, InterCare provides quality, affordable services to people who might otherwise have trouble finding affordable health care.

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN) is an independent, Federally Qualified Health Center that provides primary care, obstetrics and gynecology, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, and healthcare enrollment assistance services for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties, Michigan. Today, CFCN cares for nearly 13,000 patients annually between five locations in Cassopolis and Niles.

As Ranking Member of the Health Care Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Stabenow plays an instrumental role in addressing federal health care policies.

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).

Behavioral Therapist Joins CFCN

Michele Bowen, LMSW, Behavioral Health, Cass Family Clinic NetworkCassopolis, MI, June 10, 2019– Michele Bowen, Licensed Master Social Worker, has joined the staff of Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN).

Bowen, received her Master of Social Work Degree from Western Michigan University and is a Certified Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing and Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor. Bowen believes in the importance of access to behavioral healthcare and substance use treatment and appreciates being able to provide these services in the rural and underserved communities of southwest Michigan. “Being able to make a difference by supporting people on their recovery journey, empowering personal strength and enhancing resilience makes the work I do fulfilling,” said Bowen.

Bowen will care for patients at the Cassopolis Family Clinic (CFC) location until the opening of the new Niles Community Health Center in the fall of 2019. CFC behavioral health services are offered Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 261 M-62, Cassopolis, MI. 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 a Federally Qualified Health Center. With locations in Cassopolis and Niles, CFCN provides primary care, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, dental, pharmacy, and healthcare enrollment assistance services for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties. CFCN provides care for people who are uninsured, underinsured, covered by Medicare and Michigan Medicaid, and most commercial insurances.

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

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 – Check for Ticks

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Preventing Tick Bites

by Matt Malone & Rose Willson

When we think ticks in southwest Michigan, we instantly think Lyme disease.  Not all ticks carry diseases, but tick-borne diseases do occur in Michigan and can be serious or fatal if not properly diagnosed and treated.   This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses what to do if you find a tick on you or a loved one.

Where should I look?

Ticks prefer body creases and areas with hair such as the armpit, neck, ankle, and scalp.

Oh No! A Tick!!!!

To remove attached ticks, use fine-tipped tweezers or a tick removal tool, grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible then slowly, but firmly, pull it straight out.  DO NOT twist or jerk the tick. This can lead to skin infection because the tick’s mouth parts may remain embedded. Use fingernails and tissue if tweezers are not available.

Immediately wash the bite area and your hands with soap and water then apply an
antiseptic to the bite wound.

Keep an Eye on Your Wound

Immediate removal of ticks is the best method to decrease the chance of infection.   The symptoms of Lyme disease may appear 3 to 30 days after exposure to ticks or their habitat.   Early localized Lyme disease may have the following symptoms: Chills and fever, headaches, muscle and joint pain, and a characteristic skin rash – present in 70 to 80% of cases.  Most people experience a rash that looks like a target or bullseye.

What do I do if I show symptoms?

Contact your primary care physician immediately. If you do not have a primary care physician, Cassopolis Family Clinic Network has locations in Cassopolis and Niles. Please call ahead for an appointment.

 97.5 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 – Measles 101

Y-Country Medical Minute – Measles 101

What is Measles?

 Measles is a highly contagious virus and spreads through coughing and sneezing.

Signs and Symptoms

If you or your loved one is experiencing these symptoms, contact your primary care provider as soon as possible.  

  • Fever
  • Runny Nose
  • Cough
  • Red Eyes
  • Sore Throat
  • Rash breaks out 3-5 days after symptoms begin

Protect Your Family

Measles can be prevented with the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.  The CDC recommends children get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination. 

For more information on the measles, go to CDC website.

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.