Access Family Care to build $1 million clinic in Cassville

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thanks to federal grant money and a generous donation of land Access Family Care in Cassville will be able to provide services to more Barry County residents in the near future.

On June 30, Senator Claire McCaskill announced that 20 Missouri healthcare facilities received federal grant money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's (ARRA) Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Of the $17,143,180 allotted, Access Family Care received $635,140.

In March, Access Family Care also received a $476,000 congressional appropriation grant. The money from both grants will be used to support construction of a new facility for the James D. Warn Clinic in Cassville with an estimated cost in excess of $1,000,000.

"We are excited about being able to provide better services to Barry County residents," said Access Family Care Chief Executive Officer Don McBride. "We are currently in a leased facility. It's great but small for business. We can see a lot more patients in a bigger facility."

The size of the facility at its current location is approximately 1,300 square feet. The new facility will be around 5,000 square feet, which is a substantial difference.

"The design we are looking at will support a doctor and a nurse practitioner," McBride said. "We are also hoping to have a specialty service such as women's health, pediatrics or a nurse mid-wife."

According to McBride, plans are already underway for the new building. With the bidding process complete, Access Health Care is currently in the process of interviewing prospective architectural companies and construction companies. The new facility will be located on eight acres of land on Fasco Road in Cassville and will be completed within two years.

Access Family Care also has hopes to receive another grant for a dental facility. Since its a competitive grant, the amount could range from $750,000 up to $12 million. McBride said those grants should be announced within a couple of weeks.

Access Family Care provides medical healthcare services for patients from pre-birth to adult. Services provided include:

* Obstetric/gynecology

* Prenatal

* Pediatrics

* Well-child visits

* Vaccines for children

* Adolescent health

* Family practice

* Internal medicine

* Geriatrics

Additional services provided include:

* Family dental care

* Treatment for several chronic illnesses

* Laboratory services

* Nutrition care

* Pregnancy testing

* Social services

* Cancer screenings

* Spanish interpreting

Access Family Care also helps qualifying patients receive their prescribed medications from pharmaceutical companies at no cost through the Prescription Assistance Program.

The Show Me Healthy Women program, offered at Access Family Care, provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings for women who meet age and income guideline requirements.

In 2008, board members approved changing the name of the organization to Access Family Care in order to better reflect the geographic and service scope of the health center.

Formerly Ozark Tri-County Health Care Consortium, Access Family Care was founded in 1996 as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) for the purpose of increasing access to primary health care for those who lack medical insurance coverage.

As an FQHC, Access Family Care receives a federal grant from the Bureau of Primary Health Care, which enables the ongoing ability to provide a sliding fee discount for patients who demonstrate economic need.

McBride said that approximately 25 percent of the Access Family Care's budget goes toward helping qualifying residents financially.

Additionally, Access Family Care's strategic plan is to increase capacity and access by expanding the clinic services into Barton and Lawrence counties by May 2010 and to hold quarterly "strategic needs assessments" with all staff members.

The Access Family Care James D. Warn clinic is located at 1101 Main St. in Cassville. The clinic's hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. For more information, call 417-847-0057. Access Family Care, which is headquartered in Neosho also operates healthcare facilities in Anderson and Joplin.

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