By Derek Spellman
Access Family Care has been awarded a federal grant of more than $635,000 for construction of a new clinic in Cassville.
Access Family Care is one of 20 health agencies in Missouri to receive funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
Don McBride, chief executive officer of Access Family Care, said the stimulus funds will be coupled with an additional $477,500 in federal funding to build the new clinic in Cassville.
“Cassville has been in our strategic plan for the last several years,” McBride said Tuesday.
The nonprofit organization has outgrown the space at its current clinic in Cassville, he said, and hopes to break ground in the fall for a new, 5,000-square-foot building. The current clinic at 1101 Main St. in Cassville has about 1,300 square feet.
“It’s been a good facility,” McBride said of the current building. “We’ve just outgrown it.”
The new clinic is to be built at Fasco Road and Clover Street on land donated to Access Family Care.
The larger clinic will offer space for patient education and group sessions centering on, for example, wellness and preventive programs. It also will create space for behavioral health programs.
McBride said the organization one day hopes to add dental services to the Cassville location.
Access Family Care is the only federally qualified health center in the area, and it uses a sliding fee schedule based on household income for uninsured and Medicaid patients.
That reimbursement allows Access Family Care to provide affordable health services to Medicaid patients, as well as patients who have health insurance or those who have no insurance.
The stimulus grants awarded to organizations like Access Family Care could be used for construction, repairs or renovations to buildings; for the purchase of new equipment or health information technology systems; or for the improvement or expansion of electronic health records.
- Local News
VIDEO: Train mail car trailered on Joplin's Main Street to Redings Mill
With a police escort leading the way Monday, postal car No. 34 breezed through downtown Joplin en route to its new home in Redings Mill, where it was greeted by a welcome party of local residents and railroad enthusiasts.
Governor tells educators GOP ‘abandoning’ education system
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon called on the state’s education leaders Tuesday to hold Republican legislators accountable for polices he labeled as “abandoning” the state’s education system.
Mike Pound: Center for abused children sees heaviest case load in 17 years
Not too long ago, the board of directors of the Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri was given some information that it didn’t exactly know how take.
Riverton School Board sending letter of opposition on Galena landfill plan
During a special Board of Education meeting Tuesday night in Riverton, members discussed the district’s involvement in preventing a proposed landfill from being built about two miles from the school.
Fired McDonald County chief deputy charged with tampering
A Missouri State Highway Patrol probe of the McDonald County sheriff’s office has led to the former chief deputy being accused of tampering with evidence and raised questions about a possible cover-up.
VIDEO: African art collection found in stairwell ‘tomb’ at MSSU
It wasn’t exactly like opening King Tut’s tomb, but the treasures found inside were priceless just the same. After taking over as head of the art department at Missouri Southern State University, Christine Bentley wanted to assess the department’s African art holdings.
4.3 magnitude quake reported in northern Oklahoma
The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 struck northern Oklahoma on Monday night.
Update: 4 workers injured in SE Kansas oil refinery fire
A Texas company says four workers at a southeast Kansas oil refinery were burned in an early morning fire.
Judge lifts seal on records in Parsons quadruple slaying
A judge has rescinded his order sealing court records in the case of David Bennett Jr., who is accused of killing a Parsons woman and her three children.
Seneca man draws concurrent term in sexual abuse case
A 39-year-old man who sexually abused a girl over a four-year period in both Joplin and Seneca received a 15-year sentence Monday in Newton County that will run concurrently with a term he received earlier this year in Jasper County.
- More Local News Headlines
- VIDEO: Train mail car trailered on Joplin's Main Street to Redings Mill