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Faces of Michigan Health Centers: Mary Middleton
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Mary Middleton

Executive Director  |  Cassopolis Family Clinic  |  Cassopolis, MI

There is a satisfaction working in a Health Center that gets into your blood. Once you’re hooked, there’s nothing left to do but settle in and work hard. The satisfaction of knowing you make a difference in the lives of the people the Health Centers serves - no matter what your role - creates great intrinsic value in what you do.

Cassopolis Family Clinic has served the Village of Cassopolis and its surrounding communities in Cass County, Michigan, since 1964. It truly started by the community, bonds were sold to build the building, and physicians were recruited to the town by community leaders. Over the years, the ownership changed and the financial model changed from a private group practice to a rural health clinic; from private ownership to health system ownership; from Rural Health Center to a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike; to Community Health Center 330E designation in 2007. Still operating out of the original building built by the community, Cassopolis Family Clinic is now planning a new, 24,000 square foot medical facility as a result of receiving a $4.4 million capital development – building capacity grant.

Dr. Neil See, a board certified family practitioner who has worked throughout his professional career at Cassopolis Family Clinic, has cared for five generations of my family. My grandmother, mother, myself, my daughters and my grandson have all been patients at the clinic. Dr. See and I have worked together since 1981. I often tell him we’ve grown old together!

What is it that makes Cassopolis Family Clinic special? It’s the people who work here. This is where I grew up. It’s a privilege to care for your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and community members. It’s also the Health Center program which has allowed Cassopolis Family Clinic to grow, increasing medical capacity and adding new services, such as integrated behavioral health, dental services, obstetrics and gynecology, and maternal infant health.

I don’t know what percentage of the population finds work which is truly satisfying, but it’s probably a small number. I feel very blessed!



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