Charity spotlight: Fordland Clinic

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A pastor in a rural farming community of Webster County puts it this way about the Fordland Clinic: “Five generations of my family have been treated at the clinic. It has a special place in my heart. It’s been a life-saver.”

Those words come from Nick Inman, pastor of the Elkland Independent Methodist Church. Thanks to the clinic, his rare liver infection was detected. And thanks to the clinic, many other county families – many that he knows personally – have had their dental coverage paid for.

“In the rural communities, we’ve always had a history of having a close relationship with our doctor. You would know the doctor in social settings, in restaurants and neat events,” Inman said. “The Fordland Clinic has been like a family to my family.”

All of which are reasons why the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper is proud to call the Fordland Clinic a partner again this year. The golf tournament, part of the PGA’s Web.com Tour, has generated almost $13 million for Ozarks-area children’s charities in its 26-year history.

And here is your chance to help Fordland Clinic.

About Fordland Clinic

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The Fordland Clinic is a non-profit, federally qualified community health center. It sees everyone, regardless of income, six days a week.

However, it is not free. The clinic accepts Medicare and Medicaid, most insurance, and bases its fees on what patients earn. The PCCC dollars come in this way: Whatever the patient cannot cover, the dollars help to offset the cost. Or, if equipment is in need of repair, the dollars certainly help to pay for the fix.

“We are here to help children who have never been to the dentist before,” said Whitney Keith, communications director for Fordland Clinic. “We want to be involved in the community. We want to give people good health care.”

Fordland Clinic serves kids and elderly in need of medical and dental care.
Fordland Clinic serves kids and elderly in need of medical and dental care.

Inman and his wife, Sarah, are proponents of the Fordland Clinic. In fact, he previously served on its board after going through his treatments – partly because Fordland Clinic offers tele-health, meaning that a patient can drive there and meet with a St. Louis doctor on a tele-conference.

“I couldn’t ask for a better team to care of me,” Inman said. “I didn’t feel like a patient.”

He went on.

“The clinic serves our community in more than one way, not only for medical but for dental,” Inman said. “If you look at the Ozarks, one of the many needs is dental. I think that’s a great benefit for the Amish community and many other facets of the county.”

The PCCC – through its sponsors, volunteers, staff and the PGA Tour – is glad to help make a difference.

“A lot of good things come from it,” Keith said. “We greatly appreciate our partnership with the tournament.”

RISING STARS, RAISING HOPES

BUSINESS SPONSORSHIPS: Businesses also can support the PCCC through various sponsorships, such as the skyboxes on the 9th and 18th greens (with food badges), on-course signage and events such as a dozen Pro-Ams. Businesses also can donate a gift card with at least a $25 value in the name of your charity of choice to benefit them in the Golf Ball & Charity Auction presented by Copy Products, Inc. and University Plaza.

The Ultimate sponsorship means air-conditioned seating on the 18th green and a chance to win a Corvette Stingray.
The Ultimate sponsorship means air-conditioned seating on the 18th green and a chance to win a Corvette Stingray.

WIN A NEW TRUCK: A $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket registers the ticket-buyer for drawings to determine the winners of a 2016 Ford F-150 XLT or a $10,000 prize. The ticket also is good for a four-day pass into the tournament as well as chances to win daily prizes.

 

Win this truck or $10,000 in the TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes, with a $25 buy-in.
Win this truck or $10,000 in the TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes, with a $25 buy-in.

SEE THE FUTURE OF THE PGA TOUR: The PCCC is from Aug. 5-15, with the pros beginning play on Aug. 11 at Highland Springs Country Club. For tickets or other ways to assist, call the Price Cutter Charity Championship staff at 417-887-3400.

Dawie vander Walt shows his winners trophy after the final round of the Price Cutter Charity Championship at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield on August 16, 2015.
Dawie vander Walt won the 2015 PCCC. (Photo courtesy of StidzMedia)
  • HELP FORDLAND CLINIC: The clinic is a non-profit community health center and can be reached at 417-767-2273 for medical or 417-767-2100 for dental.