The goal of Southern Missouri Community Health Center (SMCHC) is to improve access to basic health services, to deliver compassionate, caring and respectful care to its patients and to improve the health and well-being of the community as a whole.
In the spring of 2001, community members of Howell and Oregon counties came together in a series of community meetings hosted by the Missouri Primary Care Association (MPCA) to discuss access to care issues in their region. As a result, a committee was formed with the intent to pursue section 330 funding to create a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in West Plains, Missouri.
In February 2003, Southern Missouri Community Health Center Medical Clinic opened its doors. In July 2004, the SMCHC Dental Clinic opened and in March 2005, mental health services began.
In April 2006, SMCHC opened Oregon County Community Health Center in Thayer, Missouri, offering primary care, medication assistance and mental health services.
SMCHC moved to 1137 Independence Drive in August 2006. The 14,000 square foot building is the current location of SMCHC’s medical, mental health and dental services.
In 2011 we changed Oregon County Community Health Center in Thayer, MO name to Southern Missouri Community Center to share the name of the West Plains clinic.