Health Center Achieves Continued Low Birthweight Rate

Niles, MI, March 26, 2020 – Pregnancy is an exciting time as a woman enters into motherhood or is adding another member to her family, however, it can also be stressful. The key to a successful pregnancy and delivery is early prenatal care. Early prenatal care allows the healthcare provider to ensure the expectant mother has the latest information on suggested healthy behaviors, education on what to expect during and after pregnancy, and detection of early signs of potential complications that could result in low birthweight. Timely and adequate prenatal care not only creates a positive impact on infant health, but also plays a significant role in post-partum maternal health.

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN), a Federally Qualified Health Center, began providing obstetrics and gynecology services in 2007 for women who were uninsured or covered by Michigan Medicaid. CFCN provides prenatal care which is the first and best step to increase chances of a healthy outcome for the mother and infant. CFCN has realized a low birthweight rate below state and national averages since the inception of obstetrical services. “Infants with low birthweight weigh less than 5 lbs., 8 oz. at time of birth. There are two subclasses of low birthweight: very low (less than 3 lbs., 9 oz.) and extremely low (less than 2 lbs., 3 oz.),” said Dr. Kenneth Kaufmann, CFCN OB/GYN provider. “A low birthweight newborn may be healthy even though his weight is below 5lbs., 8 oz. On the other hand, some low birthweight newborns may face serious health issues. Low birthweight is often a result of premature birth, meaning the newborn is welcomed into the world before 37 weeks of pregnancy.”

The current national low birthweight rate is 8.3%, and the rate for the state of Michigan is 8.5% (percentages based on 2018 data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Delivering 413 infants in 2019, CFCN remains at 5% of infants delivered weighing less than 5 lbs., 8 oz. – well below the state average. “We encourage mothers to seek prenatal care as soon as they find out they are pregnant. Seeking prenatal care within the 1st trimester (prior to 13 weeks gestation) and presenting for each scheduled visit is the key to ensure the pregnancy is on track to reach full term (39 – 41 weeks) and early detection for any issues that may arise. Patient education is a crucial part of prenatal care to inform the expectant mother on what to expect, warning signs to look for, and healthy habits for her and the newborn. It is due to our consistent communication with the expectant mother, proactive patient education, and collaboration with Bronson Maternal Fetal Medicine for high-risk pregnancies, we can attribute this continued achievement,” said Dr. Kaufmann.

Bronson Maternal Fetal Medicine in Kalamazoo is the only high-risk pregnancy center for southwestern Michigan and northern Indiana, caring for expectant mothers with complicated pregnancies. When the patients’ physician feels there is an issue that requires special expertise, the patient is referred to the Bronson specialist for consultation. As the mother and fetus are monitored, the patient, Bronson specialists and OB/GYN physician work together to develop a care plan achieve the best possible pregnancy outcome.

“I’m very proud of our dedicated medical, nursing, and support staff members who attend to every detail of prenatal care, delivery and follow-up care for our expectant mothers. Each birth is a little miracle,” said Mary Geegan Middleton, Chief Executive Officer.

In November of 2019, the Obstetrics and Gynecology practice moved into its’ new home and is now part of Niles Community Health Center. For more information or to schedule appointment, call (269) 683-0300.

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).

Niles Community Health Center Opens On-Site Pharmacy

Niles Community Health Center Opens On-Site Pharmacy

Kevin Klipowicz, RPh Photo Credit: Ann Reiff/Studio 513 East

Niles, MI, February 17, 2020 – Niles Community Health Center (NCHC), owned and operated by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN), is pleased to announce the opening of its’ on-site pharmacy at 1951 Oak Street, Niles. The pharmacy, open Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., is staffed by pharmacist Kevin Klipowicz, RPh.

“My favorite part of being a Pharmacist is working individually with each patient to build a relationship where they feel comfortable coming to me for medication recommendations and questions. Whether they need a good over-the-counter remedy, are concerned about possible interactions, or questions about a new prescription they are getting, I enjoy the opportunity to get to know them and earn their trust as their Pharmacist,” Klipowicz said.

Opened in November 2019, NCHC offers primary care, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, healthcare enrollment assistance and pharmacy services. The addition of pharmacy is aligned with the Health Center’s integrated care model and Patient-Centered Medical Home designation. Patients have the convenience of filling their prescriptions in the same place they receive care. Having an on-site pharmacy is also expected to decrease waiting time, promote direct communication between the provider and the pharmacist, and improve patient safety by having a consulting pharmacist on staff. “One of the most exciting things about embarking on my career with CFCN, is the ability to help patients gain access to needed prescription medications through the 340B program. The program allows the Health Center to reduce the cost of prescription medications for patients who qualify. It was a daily occurrence at the retail pharmacy where I worked previously, that patients could not afford their medications. It was heart breaking to see patients turn away or ration their heart medication or insulin due to the cost,” said Klipowicz.

NCHC Pharmacy accepts most commercial insurances, Medicaid Healthcare Plans and Medicare. For individuals who are uninsured or underinsured, the Sliding Fee Discount Program is available to reduce the cost of healthcare services for those who qualify. For more information regarding Niles Community Health Center Pharmacy please call (269) 665-8900.

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 – 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).

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Navigating Healthcare Coverage

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - Navigating Healthcare Coverage

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Navigating Healthcare Coverage

Aired: 12/2/2019

Navigating the complicated landscape of healthcare can be extremely intimidating.   Some of the most frequent asked questions include: What type of healthcare coverage does my family need?, What type of coverage do I qualify for?, What healthcare providers accept my healthcare coverage plan?, I don’t have insurance, where do I go for assistance?.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses tips on how to ensure you and your family are covered in 2020.

Healthcare Enrollment Assistance

Figuring out what type of healthcare coverage you qualify for can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.   Cassopolis Family Clinic Network has Community Health Workers (CHW) on staff to help patients who are uninsured or underinsured enroll in Michigan Medicaid Healthcare Plans, Sliding Fee Discount Program, or health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.   Healthcare enrollment assistance is free, however, patients needing assistance must meet with a CHW prior to their appointment.  

2020 Open Enrollment

The 2020 Open Enrollment Period for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace plans runs from Friday, November 1, 2019 to Sunday, December 15, 2019.   For assistance enrolling in a Marketplace plan, be sure to schedule an appointment with a CHW as soon as possible.   If you do not act by December 15th, you can’t get 2020 coverage through the Marketplace unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.  

Does My Provider Accept My Insurance

When enrolling for a healthcare plan, be sure to speak with our CHWs to ensure the plan is accepted by your provider of choice.  If you already have health coverage, you can call your insurance provider to ensure your doctor is in your network and accepts your insurance.     

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).

A Word From the CEO: Support Community Health Centers on Small Business Saturday

A Word From the CEO: Support Community Health Centers on Small Business Saturday

Cassopolis, MI, November 25, 2019, Author: Mary Geegan Middleton – We know that small, locally owned businesses serve as economic engines on which communities can succeed and thrive. They account for 65 percent of all new jobs and nearly 50 percent of all employees nationwide.

This Small Business Saturday, I hope you will join me in urging lawmakers to invest in one of our own economic engines – Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN). Here in Michigan, Community Health Centers employ more than 6,000 people of all education and ability levels, generating more than $1.3 billion in economic activity.

As the Chief Executive Officer of CFCN, I am proud of the personalized approach we take to quality, affordable healthcare. We are a community institution, welcoming and providing care to all our neighbors, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or their ability to pay. We make sure our grandparents can afford their prescriptions; we provide Dad with annual wellness checks; we provide Mom with the best prenatal care; and, we nurture their newborn’s development at every check-up.

At CFCN, we proudly care for 13,000 community members of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties.  We provide our patients with not only medical care but also dental, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, pharmacy, and healthcare enrollment assistance services to ensure they can navigate the complicated landscape of healthcare. Our staff consistently go beyond the medical chart to ensure that families have access to essential resources and a warm, comforting space.

Today, Community Health Centers across the country are facing an uncertain future. Even though we comprise the largest primary care network in the country, solidifying the backbone of the healthcare safety net, Congress has yet to pass our long-term funding. As a result, health centers are forced to operate on short-term funding patches, making it difficult for us to provide consistent services, plan for the future, and recruit and retain the best employees. Small businesses cannot survive without stability in funding. We can only continue to provide quality healthcare for people in our community if Congress acts – and acts now.

This Small Business Saturday, consider supporting businesses like Cassopolis Family Clinic Network in other ways. Call or email your member of Congress and remind them how integral health centers are in our community. Remember: Community Health Centers are local business that are keeping us healthy.

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 – Have a Happy Thanksgiving With Diabetes

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - Have a Happy Thanksgiving With Diabetes

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

Aired 11.25.2019

Thanksgiving is a time for family to gather, share a meal and celebrate life’s many blessings.  The traditional carb and sugar-filled Thanksgiving meal is not always diabetes friendly.   This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses how to have a Happy Thanksgiving with diabetes.  

Plan Ahead

The traditional Thanksgiving meal often includes carb and sugar-filled items such as potatoes, cranberry sauce, and lots of desserts.   Plan what you are going to eat ahead of time.   When making your plate, be sure to watch your portions carefully.  Just because there are several desserts available to choose from, doesn’t mean you have to try them all.  Remember portion control for desserts. 

Bring a Dish

If you are not hosting Thanksgiving in your home, offer to bring a dish that you can enjoy such as non-starch vegetables for example salad, carrots, or green beans.   If you are worried about options available, you can always bring you own meal to ensure you stay on track.   

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).