For many Ozarks families, Fordland Clinic is ‘a lifesaver’

Fordland Clinic serves kids and elderly in need of medical and dental care.
On of the PCCC’s charities, Fordland Clinic serves kids and elderly in need of medical and dental care.

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 $12 million for Ozarks-area children’s charities in its 25-year history – including a record $1 million-plus last year.

And here is your chance to help Fordland Clinic.

SUPPORTING THE PCCC = SUPPORTING CHARITIES

Buy a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket and all the money goes to your favorite charity -- and you also could win this 2015 Ford Mustang.
Buy a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket and all the money goes to your favorite charity — and you also could win this 2015 Ford Mustang.
  • 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.
  • FOR GOLF FANS, WIN PRIZES: The purchase of a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket serves as a four-day tournament pass, but that’s just a start. You’re also entered to win daily prizes during the tournament as well as grand prizes of $10,000 and a 2015 Ford Mustang.
  • TICKET REVENUE GOES WHERE: Contact the local charity of your choice, simply because they receive revenue directly from those TLC Property Charity Sweepstakes tickets marked with their names.
  • BUSINESS SPONSORSHIPS: Businesses can support the PCCC through various sponsorships, such as the daily newsletter, website or through several events such as a dozen Pro-Ams. Additionally, restaurants, clothing stores and entertainment stops and such are asked to 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.
  • WHEN, WHERE: The tournament is Aug. 7-17 at Highland Springs Country Club, with the pros playing beginning Aug. 13. Contact the PCCC staff at 417-887-3400.

About Fordland Clinic

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The Fordland Clinic is a non-profit community health center that meets federal requirements but does not accept federal funding. It sees everyone, regardless of income, six days a week.

However, it is not free. The clinic accepts Medicare and Medicaid, most insurance, and offers a sliding fee for the uninsured based 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.

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“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.”

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.”