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Community Health Center of Cape Cod has opened a public retail pharmacy in their newly- renovated Bourne office at 123 Waterhouse Drive, just one mile south of the Bourne Bridge. The pharmacy is open to all individuals, whether or not they receive their primary care at the Health Center, for all retail prescription needs. Staffed with two pharmacists, Madeleine Bergin and John Correira, the CHC pharmacy provides personalized and professional service, and most insurances are accepted. Pharmacy services include new prescriptions, refill prescriptions, adult immunizations and mail service. A temporary sliding scale is available for patients whose insurance is not yet active, and CHC pharmacists can transfer medications from a customer’s current pharmacy to CHC.
The Bourne pharmacy hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, from 9 AM to 7 PM, and Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM. The team in the CHC Pharmacy can serve as a valuable resource to make sure customers fully understand their medications, learn about any possible harmful interactions and find alternatives to reduce cost and the number of medications they are taking. In addition to Pharmacy services, the Health Center offers primary care, behavioral health, dental, optometry, women’s health, addictions treatment and more. For more information, visit us online at chcofcapecod.org/services/pharmacy or call 508-477-0004.
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Community Health Center of Cape Cod has promoted Kristy Brown, DO to Associate Medical Director for Quality Improvement. Dr. Brown will continue her role as a primary care provider, and her expanded responsibilities include reviewing and analyzing organizational quality improvement data and working closely with teams to identify opportunities, best practices and spread improvement. Quality improvement continues to be a primary focus at the Health Center, as the staff is continually looking to identify ways to improve the organization and the health of the community served. The Health Center started a Lean Oversight Committee to provide oversight, education, and resources to staff to foster a culture of sustained continuous improvement using best practices to provide exceptional patient care.
Dr. Brown’s promotion follows her staff recognition for outstanding contributions to Community Health Center of Cape Cod in FY 2017. While working part-time, she carried a panel of 700 patients, served as supervising medical provider and mentor, and led team quality improvement efforts resulting in benchmark chronic disease and health maintenance performance. Community Health Center of Cape Cod is just one of 13 health centers in Massachusetts this year to receive a Health Center Quality Leader Award by the Bureau of Primary Care.
Dr. Brown is board certified in family medicine. Prior to joining the Community Health Center of Cape Cod team, she was Assistant Professor in Family Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, where she did her residency and clinical training. She was also a clinical lecturer in family medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Assistant Residency Director of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, Ypsilanti Family Practice Clinic in Ypsilanti, MI. She received her medical degree from University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and her undergraduate degree from University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Cape Cod Times– Community Health Center of Cape Cod has been recognized by the Bureau of Primary Health Care as a Health Center Quality Leader, according to a statement from the Mashpee-based health organization.
The center was one of just 13 health centers in Massachusetts to receive the award, which covers the 2016 calendar year.
Each February, the health center submits a uniform data submission report to the federal government, which includes a number of productivity and outcome measures from the prior year. For 2016, the outcomes ranked in the top 25 percent of all health centers nationwide for four measures: cervical cancer screening, adults screened for tobacco use, controlling high blood pressure and managing diabetes, the statement says.
The Bureau of Primary Health care is part of the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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CHC of Cape Cod’s Nutritionist Dena Irwin will teach a free class on navigating the grocery store aisles this Wednesday, December 13, at 1 pm. The class will include tricks and tips for making healthy, nutritious, and affordable choices at the grocery store, along with a guide to reading food labels.
Event Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time: 1 pm- 2 pm
Location: CHC of Cape Cod, Mashpee Location
Administration Conference Room, Upper Level
107 Commercial Street, Mashpee, MA 02649
Media Contact: Alex Speck
Media Contact Phone: (917) 509-6813 (day of event)
Media Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the class, contact Alex Speck in the Development Office at 508-477-5990, or email Alex Speck.
Community Health Center of Cape Cod’s Addiction Program has received certification from the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS). CHC of Cape Cod is the only community health center in Southeastern Massachusetts with this accreditation. The BSAS certification is necessary to run and expand CHC’s Structured Outpatient Addictions Program set to launch in January. To obtain certification, CHC’s Addictions Program staff created new policies and procedures, separate from those of the Health Center. The BSAS certification ensures that insurance companies can reimburse the Health Center for visits and allows for Department of Public Health funding. This funding is instrumental in improving and expanding the Health Center’s Addictions Programs.
CHC’s SOAP program is a full-day outpatient addictions treatment program that will be available to all individuals, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. There will be same-day access to the program, and no one will be turned away. The main component of the SOAP program will focus on assessing patients’ barriers to care and to address substance abuse and co-occurring conditions. The objective of the program will be to assist individuals in establishing and reaching self-identified goals to maintain employment, stay in school, engage with family, be a contributing member of the community, maintain sobriety and achieve stable housing. A Medication-Assisted Treatment programs is also already in place and available.
Mashpee – Dr. Stephanie Prior, a physician at Community Health Center of Cape Cod since 2006, recently returned from Puerto Rico where she provided medical assistance for two weeks to residents devastated by Hurricane Maria. Stationed mostly in Arroyo, Patillas and Maunabo, Dr. Prior treated patients in clinics set up on basketball courts during the mornings and visited homebound patients in the mountains in the afternoons. Dr. Prior worked as part of a team from Heart to Heart International, an organization that strives to strengthen communities through improving healthcare access, providing humanitarian development and administering crisis relief efforts worldwide using volunteers and partners.
Dr. Prior’s Heart to Heart team was comprised of five health professionals, including two physicians, a paramedic, a certified midwife, and an EMT. Dr. Prior’s primary responsibilities included providing and refilling medications and performing general medical triage. She also administered vaccines for tetanus and the flu. As Puerto Rico continues to experience interrupted telecommunications, including internet and cell phone use, Dr. Prior said she and the team drove around the neighborhoods to announce the times they would be available to see patients. “For the most part, everyone was really well taken care of,” Dr. Prior said.
This is Dr. Prior’s second time working with Heart to Heart, and she completed a trip to Haiti in February 2016. Dr. Prior remains steadfast in her humility insisting that we should commend the people of Puerto Rico for their optimism and tenacity during such a difficult time.
Mashpee – Community Health Center of Cape Cod has once again been recognized by the Bureau of Primary Health Care as a Health Center Quality Leader. The bureaus announced the awards in mid-August for Health Centers’ performance in calendar year 2016. CHC of Cape Cod was one of just 13 health centers in Massachusetts to receive the Health Quality Leader Award
Each February, CHC of Cape Cod submits a Uniform Data Submission (UDS) report to the federal government, which includes a number of productivity and outcome measures from the prior year. For 2016, CHC’s outcomes ranked in the top quartile of all health centers nationwide for four measures: Cervical cancer screening, adults screened for tobacco use, controlling high blood pressure, and managing diabetes.
The Health Center’s use of an electronic health record, and their focus on health maintenance and evidenced based standards helped them achieve recognition for the third straight year. CHC of Cape Cod is working to improve its rankings even further in 2017, with a goal to be considered for the National Quality Leader Award in 2017.
For more information about CHC of Cape Cod and its services, visit the Health Center online at www.chcofcapecod.org.