A federally-funded health center will be opening in early 2014 in Camdenton to serve the uninsured and underinsured of Camden County.
The clinic will be operated by the Richland Medical Center/Central Ozarks Medical Center. The organization has been awarded a federal grant of $704,167 for the facility in Camdenton. The grant was awarded under the "New Access Point" program for health sites that will open in 2014.
The clinic will be designated as a federally qualified health center, providing comprehensive, primary and preventative medical care, dental and behavioral services.
The grant announcement was made late last week by the Missouri Foundation of Health, the philanthropic group that assisted the organization with the grant process for the federal funding.
According to MFH, based on the needs assessment submitted as part of the grant process, Camden County is considered medically underserved. The clinic will serve not only residents with private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, but will also offer a sliding scale to those who are uninsured and underinsured. The clinic will be fully staffed.
Details of where the facility will be located and an anticipated opening date will be available soon, according to MFH spokesman Ryan Barker.
Barker, who serves as the vice-president of health policy for MFH, said once the federal grants are awarded, the clinics have to be up and running usually within 60 to 90 days. In order to qualify for the federal funding, the clinic has to be open full-time.
The goal of the clinic, Barker said, is to serve approximately 7,000 patients or 19,000 patient visits in the first two years the clinic is open.
South Central Missouri Community Health Center, in Phelps County was awarded $744,455 for a new federal qualified health clinic in Rolla.
The Camdenton and Rolla facilities are among six organizations in Missouri that the MFH helped get the federal grants.
More than 64,000 Missourians will get access to health services through eleven new health center sites in underserved communities across the state as a result of federal grants.
"We are pleased that MFH was able to help these groups receive significant new funding to serve Missourians in medically underserved communities," said Bob Hughes, MFH President and CEO.
The six organizations received a total of $7.7 million in competitively awarded New Access Point grants to support the sites, which will open their doors in 2014.