Niles Community Health Center (NCHC) opened in 2014 just as the State of Michigan expanded Medicaid to nearly 670,000 low-income state residents. Most were people who had no regular source of healthcare, and used the emergency room when they were sick. Located in a small, 2 doctor office space at 24 N. St. Joseph Avenue, NCHC was at full capacity within a year. The health center provides primary care and enabling services for nearly 3,200 people who are uninsured, underinsured, covered by Medicare and Michigan Medicaid, along with most commercial insurances. Quite simply, the current site cannot meet the growing demand for services.
A new NCHC facility is being constructed at 1951 Oak Street to provide medical care that changes lives and saves lives. Cassopolis Family Clinic Network’s (CFCN) commitment to build an attractive, state-of-the-art health center is part of a comprehensive plan years in development. Opening in November 2019, the 30,000 sq. ft. health center will make a substantial impact on healthcare in the community. The new NCHC facility will double current medical capacity, create a new home for Obstetrics and Gynecology and have an onsite pharmacy. Integrated behavioral health services are an important part of the plan. Adding psychiatric and therapeutic services for patients with mild to moderate behavioral health conditions and substance use treatment for drug and alcohol addiction will change and save lives.
In addition to the $9.3M that will be spent on the project directly, it has been estimated that this project will produce more than $10M in economic impact in the area through construction-related jobs, additional full-time jobs, and expenditures on construction materials and equipment.
CFCN plays an important role in Cass and southeast Berrien Counties by providing easy access to high-quality, affordable healthcare at multiple locations. CFCN currently employs nearly 100 people and anticipates 20 additional full-time jobs with the addition of the new NCHC facility. While the health center provides care for everyone who walks through its doors, the Federally Qualified Health Center is a safety net provider – caring for the area’s most vulnerable population.
For more information regarding this project, please contact Rose Willson at (269) 445-3874.