Cassopolis Family Clinic
Construction of new facility, replacing former to increase access, add services, and provide greater patient convenience and safety.
- Location: Cassopolis, MI
- Contact: Mary Middleton, Chief Executive Officer | 269.445.3874
- Project Cost: $6,400,000
- Status: Awarded $4,400,000 in HRSA Building Capacity Grant Funding (May 1, 2012); $1,000,000 USDA loan
- Seeking: Fundraising campaign has begun for remaining $1,000,000
- Size: 30,000 sq. ft.; 2 floors; 24 medical exam rooms; 2 procedure rooms; nurses’ stations; lab;
pharmacy; dental space for 7 chairs in collaboration (co-location) with
VanBuren/Cass District Health Department Dental Clinic; rooms for case
management.; registration, waiting, storage, mechanical, support
Meeting Community Need, Increasing Access, Expanding Services
Cassopolis Family Clinic has identified 11,700 low-income residents in the county and 7,500 in the immediate service area not receiving Health Center services, and they have few other options for care. The new facility will serve 4,100 new patients, providing an estimated additional 10,250 visits. Needed infrastructure improvements will make possible full use of electronic health record systems, which is integral to proper management of chronic disease patients, such as diabetics, and for cardiovascular patient monitoring. Care managers and behavioral health staff will have work space embedded in the medical corridors for improved access to patients, primary care providers and support staff. Space will also allow for improved patient education and group visits. The facility will have an on-site 340B discount pharmacy. Space will also allow for improve patient education and group visits. Hours will be 8 am to 7 pm, Monday through Friday, and weekend hours to be established.
Reaching Special Populations
Within Cass and Dowagiac Counties the proportion of low-income people are 42% and 36% respectively. More than 86% of Cassopolis Family Clinic patients have incomes below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. This is designated a Health Provider Shortage Area (HPSA) and a Medically Underserved Area for medical, dental, and mental health services.
The Cassopolis Family Clinic Health and Nutrition program will focus on obese children. The program will utilize services of a nutritionist and patient educator to encourage exercise and proper nutrition to reduce weight to contribute to reduced obesity rate.
Program Innovation / Model of Delivery
On-site availability of multiple services: medical, oral health, behavioral health, lab, pharmacy.
Community Collaboration / Service Integration
Cassopolis Family Clinic collaborates with the Michigan Family Independence Agency providing physicals for children entering foster care and conducts physical abuse assessments. It also contracts with the health department for oral health care (pays for uninsured dental care). Cassopolis Family Care contracts with Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare Network for an on-site social worker; referrals made for mental health and substance abuse services. Otherwise, Cassopolis Family Clinic has formal and informal agreements for the full range of health services, testing and referral.
Innovation in Design
Low-e windows; high R-value materials; high efficiency HVAC and electrical systems. Construction waste will be diverted from landfills, implementing a waste management system. Use of new materials will take into consideration locally harvested and produced materials. Systems commissioned to reduce life-cycle energy consumption. Measures are planned to reduce water consumption. Irrigation is limited. Facility is not in flood plain or impacting a natural or wetland area. Green design principles (LEED) planned throughout construction and operation.
Impact on Social Determinants of Health
Cassopolis Family Clinic plans to collaborate with the Village of Cassopolis on a guided exercise route and fitness stations on an adjacent village-run playground as part of its proposed new Health and Nutrition program. The program will utilize services of a nutritionist and patient educator to focus on childhood obesity, weight loss, and exercise.
As is true of most Health Centers in rural communities, Cassopolis Family Clinic is an economic engine in its community, providing 50 stable, well-paying jobs with benefits. The project will generate several construction jobs and 13 new jobs at Cassopolis Family Clinic.
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