520 S Maiden Lane
Joplin Mo 64801
In 1995 the county Department of Health Administrators of Barry, McDonald, and Newton Counties ( Pat Tichenor, Jerrie Wise, and Mary Ann Bradley) concerned about diminishing state funding for health programs began to collaborate on grant projects that would address their counties’ health concerns. Out of these discussions, George Thomas from the Bureau of Primary Health Care, a department of what was then called Missouri Department of Health, guided the administrators to form a consortium to write a grant proposal from the Primary Health Care Resources (PRIMO). The grant was designed to provide health care for all residents of these counties regardless of income, ethnicity, and inadequate or lack of health insurance.
In 2002 a dental expansion grant was received and Ozark Dental became a reality in rented facilities in Anderson. Later, a federal grant through the efforts of Missouri Senator Kit Bond and Missouri’s Seventh District Representative Roy Blunt allowed construction of a new facility combining the medical and dental facilities which was named in honor of the 40+ years of Mary Ann Bradley’s service to the residents of McDonald County, The Mary Ann Bradley Medical/Dental clinic, a 6,900 square foot facility, opened in Anderson in a more accessible location in 2004.
Ozark Tri-County Health Care expanded into Joplin in 2004 in rented facilities at 2700 McClelland near both St. John’s and Freeman hospitals and began operating My Clinic, a primary health care facility. The following year, My Dental Clinic opened in other rented space at the same complex.
In 2008, in order to better reflect the geographic and service scope of the health center, the Board of Directors approved changing the name of the organization to ACCESS Family Care. The dream of the board and staff of ACCESS Family Care is to expand dental into Barry and Lawrence Counties.
Ozark Tri-County Health Care consortium purchased a 42,000 square foot building in February 2008 near the intersection of 5th street and Maiden Lane in Joplin to be converted into a Medical and Dental Facility. The renovation began in April 2008 and was completed and moved into in November of 2008. Pediatrics moved to the new location February 2009.
In March 2012 staff moved into a new Cassville clinic. With a HRSA CIP grant and other ARRA funding and donated land, the Cassville clinic became a new 8,000 square foot health center for three medical providers, and two dentists and two dental hygienists as well as other additional new dental services. The completion was celebrated.
In December 2013, ACCESS Family Care received notification that it passed with high marks NCQA Level Three recognition. The National Committy for Quality Assurance is the credentialling body that certifies health centers meet high quality standards of care.
ACCESS Family Care opened its doors to our newest Facility in Mt. Vernon MO. in February 2014