Co­op­er­a­tive Chris­tian Clinic

Pro­vid­ing health care for those strug­gling to af­ford it

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - In This Issue - Story by Lind­sey Wells, pho­tog­ra­phy by Richard Ras­mussen

For more than 20 years, non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion Co­op­er­a­tive Chris­tian Min­istries and Clinic has cared for the unin­sured and un­der­in­sured pop­u­la­tion in Gar­land County, striv­ing to im­prove their qual­ity of life with an orig­i­nal mis­sion to pro­vide health care for those who couldn't af­ford to pay for their own.

With the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Af­ford­able Care Act in 2014, which re­duced the or­ga­ni­za­tion's pa­tient base from 1,000 to 150, its mis­sion and the role in the com­mu­nity has changed, as med­i­cal in­sur­ance is now a re­al­ity for many of the un­der­served in the com­mu­nity. As a re­sult, CCMC has been able to ex­pand its ser­vices to the same pop­u­la­tion in need of as­sis­tance.

“That al­lowed us to step back and look at what we were do­ing and the type of prod­uct that we were de­liv­er­ing and who we were serv­ing,” said Lynn Blanken­ship, CCMC ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. “We stepped back and de­cided that poverty was the com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor through ev­ery­one that we saw.”

CCMC still takes care of the pop­u­la­tion that has no ac­cess to med­i­cal in­sur­ance, but is now able to fo­cus on help­ing poverty-stricken in­di­vid­u­als help them­selves out of poverty with case man­age­ment

Vol­un­teer Rita Mon­sen, left, and Dr. John Cren­shaw see a pa­tient at the Co­op­er­a­tive Chris­tian Min­istries and Clinic

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