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Mashpee – Community Health Center of Cape Cod is one of 10 community health centers to have been selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of the GE Foundation-funded SUSTAIN Communities (Substance Use Support & Technical Assistance In Communities) initiative. With additional assistance from Partners HealthCare, the ten health centers will receive customized coaching, training and support to build capacity for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders in their communities.
The awardees are: Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, Caring Health Center, Codman Square Health Center, Community Health Center of Cape Cod, DotHouse Health, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Lowell Community Health Center, Mattapan Community Health Center and South End Community Health Center.
The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers will manage the program, which will include executive coaching on change management, on-site peer mentoring for addiction services and case-based team learning sessions. Furthermore, participating health centers will receive a $50,000 stipend for multi-disciplinary care teams to commit time to this initiative.
Community Health Center of Cape Cod believes everyone deserves accessible, affordable, high-quality care and is committed to expanding medical and behavioral health services for substance use disorder prevention and treatment. CHC of Cape Cod plans to expand access to care for at least 900 individuals over the next two years. It also aims to implement a Structured Outpatient Addictions Program (SOAP) to strengthen integration with behavioral health services and to expand its scope beyond substance abuse to overall pain and addictions management.
Click here to read a feature article in The Falmouth Enterprise about the concerns of rising healthcare costs in the State and how community health centers, like CHC of Cape Cod, can help offer a solution. CEO Karen Gardner is featured in the article!
Click here to read Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Jessica Burgess write about the risks associated with Substance Use Disorder and our approach to treatment at CHC of Cape Cod.
CHC of Cape Cod will host a Substance Use Drop-In Night the first Tuesday of every month beginning in June from 4-8 p.m. Launched by the Mashpee Substance Use Task Force, the drop-in night will provide treatment options, counseling and education to individuals and families struggling with substance use and addiction. Click here to read The Mashpee Enterprise article for more details!
Mashpee – Community Health Center of Cape Cod is happy to announce the hire of two providers: Rick Renner, PA-C and Maryanne Bombaugh, MD, MBA, MSc, CPE, FACOG. Rick Renner, P.A.-C is a Physician’s Assistant who has 41 years’ experience in family, occupational, pain and addiction medicine, and urgent care. He is certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and a member the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). Mr. Renner has worked in urgent care at Seacoast Emergency Physicians in Dover, New Hampshire, and in Internal Medicine/Family Practice at Salmon Falls Family Healthcare in Somersworth, New Hampshire. He received his B.A. from Hobart College and his PA-C from Northeastern University. He is licensed in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Mr. Renner’s collaborating physician is Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Tager, and he is responsible for providing care in the walk- in, urgent care setting.
Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh is a gynecologist in the Women’s Health Clinic. Prior to working at Community Health Center of Cape Cod, she was on the medical staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center and Carney Hospital, and served as Medical Director at Bay View Women’s Health in Sandwich. She is currently Chair of the Massachusetts Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, having served in this role since 2014. Recently she served as Executive Medical Director of Population Health and the Medical Director for Quality and Patient Safety at Reliant Medical Group and previously as the Associate Medical Director for Quality for the Steward Health Care Network. Dr. Bombaugh is a delegate to the AMA from Massachusetts, and was recently nominated for Vice President of the Massachusetts Medical Society by its physicians. Dr. Bombaugh received her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management and a MSc from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and received certification in medical management from the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Bombaugh received the Meritorious Service Medal from the USA as Chief of Gynecology Service for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 1984-1992, completing her military service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as the Division Chief in Gynecology.
Click here to read a feature article from The Mashpee Enterprise about the Commonwealth Conversations roundtable discussion with Massachusetts State Senators that started at CHC of Cape Cod.
Click here to read the complete Cape Cod Times article about the Commonwealth Conversations with Massachusetts State Senators that began here at Community Health Center of Cape Cod!
Click here to read this Cape Cod Times article featuring Community Health Center of Cape Cod’s CEO Karen Gardner.
Click on the link below to hear Cape Cod Talks Addiction’s interview with CHC of Cape Cod staff members: Director of Clinical Operations, Suzanne Robbins; Nurse and Addiction Program Coordinator, Jen Monaghan; Development Associate, Alexandra Speck. Hosted by CodComm’s Sarah Colvin.
Mashpee – Community Health Center of Cape Cod is one of five Cape nonprofits to receive a Community Impact Strategic Focus Grant from The Cape Cod Foundation this year. The Health Center received $10,000 from The Jean B. Edgerly Memorial Fund and The Janet T. Spence Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation to support the expansion of its substance abuse treatment programming. In particular, grant funds will allow for increased outpatient, medication-assisted treatment, and they will help to expand programming to provide partial-day treatment, including intensive, integrated wellness, medical and mental health counseling. Currently, Community Health Center of Cape Cod provides more than 5,500 substance abuse-related visits annually. The Health Center aims to multiply these numbers to provide nearly 9,200 visits.
The Cape Cod Foundation recently announced that it would award $48,500 in strategic grants to nonprofits that provide preservation, health, employment, and educational services. Other grant recipients include, Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Duffy Health Center, Lower Cape Outreach Council, and Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary & the Sanctuaries of the Mid and Upper Cape. To learn more about the Health Center’s substance abuse programming, please visit: chcofcapecod.org/services/substance-abuse.