It may have been a cold January day in 2008 when OneWorld Plattsmouth opened its doors at 409 Main Street.
But the new medical clinic received a warm welcome from patients trickling in and making appointments with its Physicians Assistants one week after it opened.
OneWorld officials knew there was a high need for such a clinic in Plattsmouth a decade ago. “It was a lower socio-economic area that had a need for the care,” said Laura Loewens, RNBSN at OneWorld Plattsmouth.
In 2017, OneWorld Plattsmouth staff administered medical and psychological care to 2,070 people from the Cass County area. That spells “success” for the clinic, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in Plattsmouth with an open house March 6 at its newest location, 122 South Sixth St.
“We sent out invitations to any patients we’ve had in the past few years and asked them to stop by. We had cake and punch and gave people an opportunity to meet Connie Daniel, our new Nurse Practitioner, who has been with us the past seven months, and Lacie Kennedy, OneWorld medical assistant,” Loewens said.
When the clinic opened in 2008 in Plattsmouth, it was called Cass Family Medicine and it was located at 409 Main St. It stayed in this location until Jan. 1, 2014, when a fire erupted in a nearby building and consumed three businesses including the clinic.
“From January 2014 to November 2014, staff worked temporarily in a mobile unit,” Loewens said. The clinic reopened in the 122 South Sixth St. location that November.
In 2017, the clinic was renamed OneWorld Plattsmouth. “Last year we were also ready with telehealth visits where you can speak with a behavioral health expert on an ipad, which is included in their visit,” she said.
OneWorld Plattsmouth medical staff cares for a wide variety of patients. “Typically, 10 percent of our patients are children and the rest are adults of any age,” Loewens said. “The most common cases are diabetes, hypertension, sick visits, flu shots, strep throat and lots of mental health issues.”
Loewens said recently the clinic has experienced an increase in state-funded vaccines for children.
“We’ve also seen an increase in women’s health visits for birth control and now implanted birth control. We also provide full women’s health visits and testing for Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
“Within the last couple of years, we’ve received grants for STD testing and birth control, funded through the state,” Loewens said. “We can also refer patients for mammograms, bone scans and colonoscopies to the One World clinic in Omaha.”
Patients without insurance may pay for visits on a sliding scale. “Patients apply for the sliding scale and pay $35 to $85 a visit, based on their income level,” Loewens said. “After they are accepted, the sliding scale is good for two years, and then they have to reapply.”
In addition to having a sliding scale for patients without insurance, OneWorld Plattsmouth accepts all insurances including Medicare and Medicaid.
The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information about OneWorld Plattsmouth call 402-296-2345.