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.
Access Family Care was established in 1997 as the Ozark Tri-County Health Care Consortium.
The center is a nonprofit organization committed to providing comprehensive and preventive health care for low-income residents of McDonald, Barry and Jasper counties. The organization has clinics in Joplin, Anderson and Cassville. The sites provided care to more than 12,000 medical and dental patients in 2008, the organization said.
A total of $17 million in government grants was awarded to 20 health-care centers throughout Missouri, including more than $979,600 to Advocates for a Healthy Community in Springfield.
- Local News
Missouri Southern art students to raise funds for Moore, Okla.
Throughout periods of historical change, art has always played an important role, Kahlief Steele contends. “A lot of art came out of the Renaissance period, and the same thing happened after the Great Depression,” said Steele, an art major who will start his junior year this fall at Missouri Southern State University.
City manager: CID owes Neosho $158,257
The Big Spring Plaza Community Improvement District owes Neosho $158,257, City Manager Troy Royer told the Neosho City Council on Tuesday night. Royer had filed an open-records request under the Missouri Sunshine Law with officers of the CID he could identify, which he had said wasn’t easy.
Ground to be broken for Pittsburg project; 10 homes planned for moderate-income residents
City and Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce officials will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. today at Lincoln Square. An open house also will be held in the home under construction in the new development.
Mike Pound: Office space no place for litter box
I knew my wife was lying when she told me to relax. “It won’t be that bad,” she said. “Relax. I’m sure all writers have had to put up with something like this at least once in their career.”
Donations helping JHS music programs rebuild after tornado
Building a repertoire for the Joplin School District’s orchestra program is a challenge for Kylee VanHorn. “Every time I get on the Internet and look at the music sites, there are so many pieces I want to purchase, and I just don’t have the money,” VanHorn said.
Defendant chooses not to testify in Miami murder trial
Donna Shirley testified Wednesday that Dustin Boggs had blood all over his hands and clothes when she encountered him in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store the afternoon Danyel Borden was killed.
Former Jasper County official's sentencing slated today in fraud charges
Rita Hunter, former Jasper County public administrator, is to be sentenced today in federal court in Springfield. Hunter, who held office from January 2005 through December 2008, pleaded guilty last November to document fraud, a charge related to illegal obtaining of federal benefits.
MSSU board approves settlement agreement with fired president
Bruce Speck, whose contract as president of Missouri Southern State University was terminated last week, will receive the equivalent of a year’s salary as well as housing and health insurance benefits through the end of the year.
Mindenmines man charged in first-degree assault case
Barton County Prosecutor Steven Kaderly on Wednesday charged a Mindenmines man with first-degree felony assault of another man, who was in serious condition at a Joplin hospital. The felony charge against Charles Lee Kerby, 32, alleges that on Sunday he assaulted John Bryant, 58, causing serious physical injuries. The assault happened in the 800 block of Tucker Street in Mindenmines.
State auditors start review of Jasper County Circuit Court
Workers for the office of Thomas Schweich, Missouri state auditor, have started an audit of Jasper County Circuit Court. The state review was described as “routine” by Spence Jackson, a spokesman for Schweich’s office.
- More Local News Headlines
- Missouri Southern art students to raise funds for Moore, Okla.