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The Mexico Ledger - Mexico, MO
  • Postive changes coming for Arthur Center

  • Changes stem from the center recently receiving a two-year federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration
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  • Change is inevitable and it is coming to Mexico’s Arthur Center.  By March 1, 2014, several necessary changes have to happen. The necessary changes stem from the center recently receiving a two-year federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration that equals 1.4 million dollars.
    Receiving the funds means the creation of a federally qualified health center that provides comprehensive health care, including services like dental, mental, medical, and substance abuse treatments, to the uninsured or underinsured at a low cost. For the Arthur Center, this means a restructuring of their board of directors and an immediate search for a qualified physician to aid in the treatment of health issues.  
    Arthur Center Director Terry Mackey explained the center’s vision for the future. “The Arthur Center is seeking to improve the health status of all individuals in the area,” he said. “This is the opportunity to engage all the members of the community, especially those who may not have had access to health care before.”
    The center is hoping to reach out to the smaller outlying communities and offer medical care to the Amish and Mennonite populations in the area.
    They are not trying to trying to reinvent the wheel or compete directly with other local health care providers. “We see this as an opportunity to work together cooperatively with existing health agencies to chart a new course for health care in Mexico and the surrounding area,” said Mackey. ‘What we want is to help everyone receive the health care they need. We want this new center to be welcoming to the public. We want people to feel that they have a partner in health care.”
     

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