Dr. Gina Smith
Physician Joins Niles Community Health Center
Cassopolis, MI, January 17, 2017 – Gina Smith, M.D. has joined the medical staff of Niles Community Health Center (NCHC).
Dr. Smith, originally from Kentwood, Michigan, received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She then continued her education to earn a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Michigan. Prior to her career at NCHC, Dr. Smith practiced at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Tustin, California. Familiar with the rural health center setting, Dr. Smith is excited to return to Michigan to provide primary care services to the patients of NCHC. “My strong commitment to community health and preventative healthcare gives me a unique set of skills that align with the mission of NCHC. Family medicine allows me to care for a variety of patients and conditions,” said Dr. Smith.
Dr. Smith began seeing patients this month at NCHC which is located at 24 North St. Joseph Avenue, Suite G, Niles, conveniently located across the street from Lakeland Hospital. NCHC provides primary care services for those who are uninsured, underinsured, covered by Michigan Medicaid and Medicare along with most commercial insurances. NCHC is open 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (269) 262-4749.
Niles Community Health Center is owned and operated by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network. Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center. For more information go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org or call (269) 445-3874.
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.
122 Grant Street, Niles, MI soon to be Niles Community Health Center Dental
Cassopolis Family Clinic Network to Open Dental Office in Niles
Niles, MI, February 10, 2016 – A new dental clinic focused on serving patients who are either uninsured or covered by Medicaid is expected to open in Niles before the end of the year.
Mary Middleton, chief executive officer of Cassopolis Family Clinic Network, said the federally qualified community health center is about to finalize a deal to acquire a vacant building at 122 Grant Street that will become Niles Community Heath Center Dental. Her announcement came following Monday’s meeting of the Niles City Council. During the meeting, Middleton discussed what CFCN is, what it does for the Niles community and its plans for the future.
In addition to opening a new dental clinic, Middleton said the CFCN wants to build a brand new health center in the City of Niles similar to the one it opened in Cassopolis in 2014. Although Middleton did not provide many details about the project, she said CFCN is working on it with the city’s Community Development Director Sanya Phillips, the Niles Community Schools and an unnamed developer.
“We would be combining the Niles Community Health Center and our OB (Obstetrics & Gynecology) clinic,” she said. “It is a ways down the road but… we have plans to put a new health center here similar to what we did in Cass. We are here to stay and we are committed to taking care of people in the Niles area.”
As for the new dental office, Middleton said they are in the process of finalizing the acquisition of the building from Lakeland Health, which donated the property. Middleton said they would rehab the building and install as many as 12 dental laboratories inside. They expect to create up to 21 new jobs as a result of the project. Its focus, Middleton said, will be serving people who are uninsured or on Medicaid. A community needs assessment, she said, found that there are between 4,000 and 5,000 people in the Niles zip code area who have Medicaid or are uninsured and can’t find a dentist who will accept Medicaid.
“We are not here to put anyone out of business,” she said. “There are a lot of great dentists here in town… we are really here to be a safety net provider to take care of patients that can’t find access because of the type of coverage they have.” Middleton explained that the CFCN receives a higher rate of reimbursement for Medicare and Medicaid patients than do private practitioners because the CFCN operates under the community health center model. “That’s why we can afford to take the Medicaid patients,” she said. “Our financial model is kind of the inverse of a private practice.”
The dental clinic is expected to be open by Sept. 1, Middleton said.
Mayor Mike McCauslin, who sits on the CFCN’s board of directors, praised the CFCN for providing a service to an underserved population. It is pretty exciting,” he said. “I am looking forward to the changes that are coming here to Niles.”