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Jordan Valley Community Health Center has experienced exponential growth in a relatively short period of time.
In operation for less than two decades, the health care system reports $59.5 million in fiscal 2020 revenue, with nearly 590 employees.
“Jordan Valley’s not an old program by any means,” says CEO Brooks Miller. “That resonates with the growth of our community.”
So too does Jordan Valley Community Health Center’s niche of serving individuals who live at or below 200% of the poverty level.
“Placing the patients first is what it’s all about,” Miller says. “We always try to be open minded about where we can serve.”
Jordan Valley Community Health Center has followed regional trends, putting down roots where its niche of patients can be best served, officials say.
The health care system currently is working on opening a clinic on Springfield’s west side, in a former Price Cutter building at Grand Street and Kansas Expressway. Originally serving as a mass COVID-19 vaccination site, the 50,500-square-foot property will be second in size only to its 70,000-square-foot center and headquarters in downtown Springfield.
“Hopefully within the next year we’ll get into that building,” Miller says. “We continue to look at different hotspots in demand.”
The federally qualified health center also is developing an 18,000-square-foot clinic in Republic. Plans call for nine medical exam rooms and 12 dental suites, and staff will provide federal nutrition services to pregnant women and young children, as well as the Head Start program through Ozarks Area Community Action Corp.
Accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc., Jordan Valley Community Health Center’s services include adult and family medicine, behavioral health and school-based care.
Jordan Valley Community Health Center, which has administered roughly 100,000 COVID-19 shots this year in partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, is peering over the horizon to see what the future holds for the organization.
“All of our efforts this past year have been toward the pandemic,” Miller says.
Telehealth, he says, is one expansion area that’s been noticeable during the pandemic. Although, he says the health care organization’s patients likely will still prefer a hands-on approach.
“You really can’t assess the health of a patient unless you have your eyes on them,” Miller says.
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