The Springfield-based Jordan Valley Community Health Center plans to offer medical and dental services to residents of Taney and Stone counties and are looking at a location in Hollister.
Director of Quality and Accreditation Ruth Shryack said the decision to add a location in the Tri-Lakes Area was based on need.
“We work with Faith Community Health center and saw the need within the area for dental care and medical care,” Shryack said.
A prospective location for the organization is the former CoxHealth Center Hollister at 590 Birch Street. Shryack said no lease has been signed yet.
“When Cox (merged with) Skaggs, they expressed the desire for us to come down and also address the need for the population down there,” Shryack said.
Cox Branson Media Relations Specialist Michelle Leroux said the clinic would be welcomed aid to serve those in need.
“We have many patients who rely on the (emergency room) to care for dental needs when those types of ailments could have been prevented, or even treated, by someone with dental expertise,” Leroux said. “We want to be there to treat the people that
have emergency needs. If there’s a local free clinic or low-cost clinic that specializes in dental or preventative dental care, in the long run, it’s going to prevent these people from waiting in the waiting room and we’re going to be able to better focus on emergency needs. One thing we like, as a health care system, is it really is overall preventative care. We welcome having this clinic in the area to meet those needs.”
Currently, the Taney County Health Department offers dental care in Forsyth for children up to 18 years old living in the county who received assistance through MO HealthNet, formerly known as Medicaid.
“I can tell you the need is great,” said Julianne Schanda, division manager for children’s dental division office in Forsyth. “We get emergency calls everyday. We’re open five days a week 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a full schedule every day. There is a demand.”
According to the children’s dental clinic website, services include cleaning, x-rays, fluoride, root canals, extraction and more.
Still, low-cost dental care for adults is limited.
Faith Community Health offers such adult dental services, but the waiting list can be quite long because of high demand. The center also offers medical care through a part-time physician’s assistant and volunteer doctors and nurses.
Chief Financial Officer Lisa Odom said it’s Jordan Valley’s intention to provide both medical and dental care, but either one could be offered initially depending on the size of the facility they end up in.
Odom said the clinic will be structured like the organization’s other branches in Springfield and Marshfield, which accept Medicaid, Medicare and commercial insurance.