Community turns out for Access celebration
A large number of business owners, community members and elected officials attended Access Family Care Medical and Dental Clinics' grand opening celebration on Friday. Attendees had the opportunity to tour the newly completed 9,000-square-foot healthcare facility located at 4016 N. Main in Cassville.
"I have heard a lot of people say that this is a great turnout," said Don McBride, Access Family Care chief executive officer. "This is Cassville. This is what you do. This community is so supportive.
"We enjoy being in Cassville, and we are proud to bring this facility here," added McBride.
After introducing board members, staff members and other special guests, McBride took a few moments to recognize Dr. James D. Warn and Pat Tichenor.
"We have been fortunate to receive some of Dr. Warn's belongings for the display we have in our waiting area," said McBride. "He gave 50 years to this community."
The medical clinic has been dedicated in memory of Dr. Warn, who served as the clinic's first medical director until his retirement.
"We also want to honor Pat Tichenor," said McBride. "She has provided so much service to this community. She was on the founding board for Ozark Tri-County Health Care.
"We've come a long way since we started in that rented house in Pineville," said McBride. "Pat is a role model for all of us."
The dental clinic at the new facility was dedicated in honor of Tichenor, who also served as a former Barry County Health Department administrator.
"This is a very proud moment for Cassville and the surrounding area," said Rep. David Sater. "Dr. Warn dedicated his life to serve those who are underprivileged and that is what this facility does.
"I am always looking for ways to improve access to healthcare in our area, and this is one of the ways it is being improved," said Sater. "This is a great facility, and we thank you."
After Rev. John Duncan gave the dedication for the new facility all attendees were invited to participate in a Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting held at the entrance of the new clinic.
The new Access Family Care Medical and Dental Clinics have created 12 new employment positions in Cassville.
Medical practitioners at the clinic include: Dr. Brian Basham and Dr. Victor Mangler, family practitioners; Dr. Cheryl Dalton, family nurse practitioner and director of patient centered medical home initiative; Pamela Whitlock, family nurse practitioner; and Theresa Smith, LCSW, behavioral health practitioner.
Dental practitioners are Dr. Allen Smith, Dr. Brian Revley and Stacy Fletcher, registered dental hygienist.
The actual cost of the new clinic came in under budget at $1,804,994.35. A portion of the funding was provided by capital improvement programs under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). Unused funds were returned.
The construction project, which was completed by RE Smith, from Joplin, was also financed using healthcare and facilities awards and operational funds. The project architect was Kyle Denham, of Patterson, Latimer, Jones, Brannon, Denham, Inc.
The new dental clinic offers open exam rooms and quiet dental procedure rooms. The medical clinic houses several exam rooms, doctors' offices, a computer area for medical staff members, a laboratory, a procedure room and an education room.
The new facility also offers a large break room for staff members and sick and well waiting areas for patients.