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Quack Stigma Challenge MAY 2023

May 3, 2023


MHHC is challenging you to #idontgiveaquackaboutstigma for May- Mental Health Awareness Month
Our Quack Force has put out green ducks at all MHHC locations. Stop by to snap your picture for a chance to win a tablet!


April 26, 2023

Missouri Highlands Health Care will be providing FREE sports physicals the whole month of June at all MHHC locations!

Interim Medical Director

October 28, 2022

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Farrah McSpadden has agreed to step into the role of Interim Medical Director for Missouri Highlands Health Care.

New Behavioral Health Director

October 28, 2022

We are thrilled to announce that Lori Baker-Montgomery will be stepping into the role of Behavioral Health Director this October!

Clinic Closure Watch 2.2.2022

February 2, 2022
UPDATED: 10:30am
Ellington Family Clinic
Viburnum Medical Clinic
Iron County Medical Clinic
Iron County Dental Clinic
Big Springs Dental Clinic
Shannon County Family Clinic
Annapolis Family Clinic
Doniphan Urgent Care
Doniphan Family Clinic- closing at 11:00
MO Highlands Medical (3rd floor Copper Top)
MO Highlands of Wayne County
Big Springs Medical Clinic
Poplar Bluff Community Dental closing at 2:00

Holiday Clinic Closure

December 8, 2021

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you and your family all the best this season! MHHC is very thankful for our hard working staff & our amazing patients.

Please see below the dates your clinics will be closed for the holidays.

Clinics CLOSED December 24th-31st:

  • Annapolis Family Clinic
  • Big Springs Medical Clinic
  • Central Office
  • Doniphan Family Clinic
  • Ellington Family Clinic
  • MO Highlands’ Iron County Medical Clinic
  • MO Highlands Medical Clinic (located 3rd floor “Copper Top”) – This clinic will be open on the 30th.
  • Shannon County Family Clinic
  • Viburnum Medical Clinic

All MHHC facilities will be CLOSED December 24th, 27th & 31st. However our Women’s Clinic in Poplar Bluff will be open the 27th.

Clinics OPEN December 28th, 29th & 30th:

  • Doniphan Urgent Care
  • MO Highlands of Wayne County
  • Big Springs Dental
  • Iron County Dental
  • Poplar Bluff Dental
  • MO Highlands’ Women’s Clinic


October 5, 2021

A word from our CEO, Karen White…

As you are aware, our region has been unduly impacted by COVID-19. Over the last few months, our communities have suffered loss of life, friends and family have been hospitalized, and many have been gravely ill from COVID_19 and other diseases.  At Missouri Highlands Health Care,  we mourn with those who have lost loved ones and offer a healing hand to those who are suffering.  The pandemic has caused a loss of another sort within our company – the loss of valued team members as they chose other career paths.  At this time, we are striving hard to maintain consistent clinic operations for medical, dental and behavioral health patients.  During the month of October, there are simply not enough MO Highlands’ team members to administer care to the patients at all of our locations.  I have made the decision to regionalize clinical operations in several of our medical clinics during October.  My teams work hard each day and I ask your patience and grace with them as they deliver care to our vulnerable rural communities. Of late, my care teams have been on the receiving end of numerous attacks and harassments from disgruntled patients.  As was recently pointed out, last year health care team members were the hero’s in our communities placing their lives on the line to care for patients and now, in these same communities we are daily attacked.  Join with me in support of our valued care teams as they work short handed during this unprecedented time.  We anticipate this interruption in daily care to only be short-lived and appreciate your continued support.

Alternative Schedule for Multiple Clinic Locations

October 5, 2021
Beginning October 1st the following clinics will have an alternative schedule until further notice, due to a staff shortage.
*Ellington Family Clinic will be closed every Tuesday.
*Shannon County Family Clinic will be closed every Thursday.
*Iron County Medical Clinic will be open for Behavioral health appointments only
* Naylor Medical Clinic is closed to all services.
If you have an appointment that has not been rescheduled on the days the sites are currently closed, please call your local clinic to do so. We apologize for this inconvenience and are working tirelessly to fill the staffing needs at our locations. Operations will resume to normal as soon as we are back at staff capacity and can operate safely.

Article: Making Do In Missouri: A Rural OB/GYN’s Effort to Improve Access to Care

September 20, 2021

Article written by the Center for Primary Care Harvard Medical School – Harvard Medical School Primary Care Review on August 5th, 2021

Click here to read the whole article. 

…”Despite such staggering rates, there are those who are actively working to improve rural health quality and access, such as Farrah McSpadden, MD, an obstetrician and gynecologist (OB/Gyn) in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. McSpadden’s clinic is a part of Missouri Highlands Health Care System, a community-based federally-qualified primary care system funded by the HRSA Health Center Program. As Missouri’s Medicaid expansion has continued to falter, clinics like these have channeled federal funding to serve underinsured and uninsured populations in rural areas and improve patient outcomes.”…

Doniphan Urgent Care Closes Doors after 50 Scheduled Per Day

September 7, 2021

Due to patient volume and limited staffing the Doniphan Urgent Care will close their doors M-F after scheduling 50 patients per day and 15 patients per day on Saturday & Sunday. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but our number of walk-ins is exceeding our limit per day to operate safely.

CEO Message – HOPE

August 30, 2021
It’s easy to get stuck in the negative cycle. Too many pressures, too much stress, too much bad news , too much to do and we find ourselves unable to break out of the mental doom & gloom. Guilty as charged, presently eating a family-sized bag of Bugles as a way to cope with images of destruction , problems without solutions that work for everyone, a sick child whose symptoms leave me scared, and a tribe of health care workers who just want this pandemic to end who are scared and exhausted.
We ask for help. We send up our white flags of surrender. And those who are supposed to have our backs are in the same position. What do we do now? Where do we find hope that this too shall pass? When does the fear cease?
Eating a bag of Bugles isn’t the solution to finding optimism and fear only leads to me trying to control things I cannot.  The APA defines being an optimist as someone who “anticipates positive outcomes, whether serendipitously or through perseverance and effort, and who (is) confident of attaining desired goals.”
“Through perseverance and effort” – that describes the MO High tribe.  By flexing our perseverance muscles, we are becoming resilient, and with resilience, we gain knowledge on how to deal with adversity and stay focused on our goals.
We don’t go through trials as silos, we go through them in community.  This means two things to me.  First, we have people around us to help, even if they don’t have solutions, they have a hand to hold, a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen.  Second, we help others as we persevere, they look at us and how we handle ourselves and gain knowledge of how to deal with adversity. We provide them with hope that they too will overcome.
We have to be able to first acknowledge there are things beyond our control or ability to influence. But there are some items I can control:  I can put my bag of Bugles away and find a healthier way to cope. I can do something for someone else- a food basket for a sick family, buying lunch for that person behind me in line, a note dropped to a person I care about or who has helped me. I can go for a walk and make a list of all of the blessings in my life.
None of these will fix wars, hurricanes or illness but each will fix my ability to remain optimistic in the midst of hard times.

Big Springs Medical Clinic SICK ONLY Clinic

August 27, 2021

The Big Springs Medical Clinic in Van Buren will be a SICK ONLY clinic for the next two weeks starting today, August 27th, 2021. Staff are currently making calls to patients. If you need a well visit you can still call the clinic 573-323-4253 to make a Zoom appointment. We are sorry for the inconvenience. The positive cases are on the rise.

Shannon County Family Clinic ZOOM ONLY Appointments

August 26, 2021

Starting August 27th, 2021 the Shannon County Family Clinic located in Eminence, MO will be ZOOM ONLY appointments for the next two weeks. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Patients can still call the clinic 573-226-5505 for appointments.

Masks Required Regardless of Vaccination Status

July 15, 2021

It is REQUIRED to wear a mask at all MHHC facilities regardless of vaccination status.
With increasing positive cases, we are limiting the number of people in our facilities the best we can. So, if you do not need assistance at your appointment, please come alone. If you are a minor, we ask that you limit to one guardian.
We will continue to take temps at the door and ask COVID-19 screening questions.
Let’s work together to keep you, other patients and our staff safe and healthy! Thank you!

Doniphan Family Clinic Well Visits

July 15, 2021

Doniphan Family Clinic will be a WELL CLINIC until further notice. If you are an adult that is sick, please go to the Doniphan Urgent Care to be seen. If you have a child that is sick, you can still call the Doniphan Family Clinic and they will see you there and will follow our sick-child protocol. When entering our facilities we ask that you limit the number of people accompanying you. If you do not require assistance, please come alone. If you are a minor, we ask that you limit only one guardian with you.
– Well children go to Doniphan Family Clinic.
– Sick children go to Doniphan Family Clinic, but please call reception to notify them of the child’s symptoms.
– Well adults can continue to go to Doniphan Family Clinic.
– Sick adults will need to go to Doniphan Urgent Care.
We are sorry for any inconvenience, but with the spike in covid numbers, we are trying to do our part to keep everyone safe and healthy. Please continue to wear masks and social distance regardless of vaccination status. Thank you!

Doniphan, MO Community: COMING SOON…

July 14, 2021
Doniphan Community: COMING SOON…
In the near future, when renovations are complete, Katie Friend, PNP and a couple of her awesome staff members will be moving to a sister clinic across town. This sister clinic (Integrated Care Clinic) will be located on the other side of our Urgent Care building. We will keep you updated and give you plenty of notice of when we transition Katie. This is to accommodate the increasing health care needs of the community.
Our other awesome providers: Ashley Oldham, FNP, Dr. Palani, new providers coming on and Behavioral Health will continue to see patients at Doniphan Family Clinic!
Doniphan Urgent Care is coming together! We will have our GRAND OPENING on August 16th, 2021 from 9-noon. Watch our Facebook page and website for updates and changes.
We have made brochures for the 3 Doniphan facilities to help direct everyone in the right direction. We will continue to keep you updated. Thank you for your patience.