The Mason Clinic is pleased to announce its new alliance with the Frontera Healthcare Network, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) currently serving Menard and Concho Counties, and as of December 1, 2008, expanding into Mason County. The decision to join the Frontera Network was made by local interests, Llano Memorial Healthcare System, and Scott & White, as FQHC status promises to offer more funding and services to our area than our current Rural Health Clinic status. In the transition, medical providers and clinic staff and services will remain essentially unchanged: Sherry Alexander will continue as the full-time Physician Assistant, and Drs. David Hoerster and Jack Franklin will continue their usual schedules in Mason. The medical providers will be credentialed with Llano Memorial Healthcare System (LMHS) and Scott & White; however, clinical staff and business issues will be managed by Frontera.
The association with Frontera is the result of a collaborative effort between Mason, Menard, and Concho Counties that began over four years ago, and resulted in the advantageous designation of the area as a Federally Qualified Health Center. In early 2007, Frontera opened the Eden and Menard clinics, and in the summer of 2008, Mason was asked to become an active partner. Since its inception as an FQHC, Thom Canfield, President of the Mason National Bank, has served as Chairman of the Board of Frontera. Now, as an active Frontera member, Mason County will have two additional members to represent the community on the Frontera Board.
Mason Clinic’s affiliation with Frontera in no ways negates our ongoing partnership with LMHS and Scott & White. On the contrary, it allows LMHS and Scott & White to participate in a FQHC with the potential to increase the quality, availability and affordability of medical services in qualified counties. As of December 1, the Mason Clinic will offer extended hours (until 6 pm) every Thursday, and Saturday morning appointments one week a month. In addition, we will institute a sliding-scale fee formula to help qualified clients afford basic medical care. We are grateful to the entire Mason community for their support throughout the past several years and believe our new alliance will increase our ability to serve the medical needs of Mason County.