Services expanded

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

After nearly a year of construction, the new 9,000-square-foot Access Family Care Clinic is now open. This Friday, local community members will have the opportunity to tour the new facility during the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's First Friday Coffee event, which will be held in conjunction with Access' grand opening celebration. A ribbon cutting ceremony is also scheduled to be held at the new clinic, which is located at 4016 N. Main in Cassville.

We have been excited about this building project since the plans were originally announced in July of 2009. Although it has taken time for the dream to be realized, this community asset was worth the wait. Not only will the new facility expand Access' services, but it will provide local community members with even more options for healthcare and dental care needs.

Barry Countians are truly blessed. Even though we live several miles from any large medical complexes, we have two hospitals, several clinics and numerous dental offices and medical providers operating right here in our county. These medical and dental facilities are able to meet a variety of needs and provide referrals to specialists located in larger cities.

The new Access Family Care Clinic, which is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), will further increase access to primary healthcare for those in our area who lack medical insurance coverage. As an FQHC, Access 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. The new clinic provides space for five medical practitioners and three dental practitioners. Staff members who formerly worked out of the James D. Warn Clinic, located at 94 Main St., are also available at the new facility. Services offered at the clinic include: obstetric/gynecology; prenatal; pediatrics; well-child visits; vaccines for children; adolescent health; family practice; internal medicine; geriatrics; and dental.

We are thankful that Access decided to invest in our community by expanding its local facility and scope of services. We are also appreciative of all of the medical and dental providers who have chosen Barry County as their homes. ~ Lindsay Reed