Community Health Center announces 23rd Annual Golf Tournament

June 1, 2023

Community Health Center will be hosting their 23rd Annual Golf Tournament at Pocasset Golf Club (24 Club House Drive, Pocasset) on Monday, September 11. Last year’s event featured a sold-out field that raised a record-breaking amount to support CHC’s programs and services. This Tournament is just one event that CHC is planning this year to commemorate their 25th Anniversary.

The funds raised from this event go directly to impact Community Health Center’s mission, specifically to increase access to health and wellness programming for the community. This includes providing chronic disease programs to improve overall wellness; supporting busy, working families; nurturing youth to build character through positive life choices; and creating social and wellness programs for seniors to remain active and independent.

The CHC Golf Tournament will begin with a 12:30 shotgun start, and includes lunch, a cocktail reception, on-course contests, dinner, awards and auction. To register, learn more or find other ways to support Community Health Center’s Golf Tournament, visit  If you have questions, please contact Christopher Ellis at or (508) 477-5990.

Updated Visitation and Masking Guidelines

May 11, 2023

Effective May 11, 2023, Community Health Center updated its mask policy for all patients, visitors, and staff. Masks will continue to be provided at all CHC locations. Patients, visitors or team members who would like to continue wearing a mask are free to do so at any time.

Please note, there are some instances when wearing a mask is still recommended or required:

  • Recommended: All CHC employees are recommended to wear masks when they are in a clinical setting, providing routine patient care.
  • Required: All patients will be screened at the front desk and if positive for symptoms of an airborne pathogen illness, including fever, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat, shortness of breath, they will be asked to wear a mask. Health care provider caring for the patient should wear a mask.
  • Required: Health care provider should wear a mask if they have symptoms of an airborne pathogen illness, including fever, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat, shortness of breath.
  • Required: When isolation precautions (aka transmission-based precautions) are in place (ex. confirmed or suspected COVID-19, flu, etc.)
  • Required: After exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 without wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Required: Health care provider should wear a mask upon request by the patient or the patient’s representative.

*This guidance may change based upon county COVID-19 prevalence.

CHC’s masking guidance may change based on COVID-19 prevalence within its counties. If COVID-19 activity increases in a county, masking requirements may be reinstated for all CHC facilities.  for more information about COVID-19 vaccinations and testing at Community Health Center, please click here.

Community Health Center Expands Bourne Office to Include Walk-In Services

March 15, 2023

Bourne – Community Health Center now offers walk-in care services for CHC patients and the community at their Bourne office at 123 Waterhouse Road. Walk-in care can be utilized for sick visits such as flu, cold, cough, sore throat and other minor illnesses or injuries. These services are available Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm. This expansion of services aims to increase access to day-of care for individuals in need on the Upper Cape and surrounding areas. 

Community Health Center’s walk-in care location can be found in the current CHC office in Bourne which provides primary care, dental care, behavioral health care, and diagnostic lab services as well as a full-service retail pharmacy. Community Health Center also provides walk-in care at its Mashpee (107 Commercial Street) and Centerville (1185B Falmouth Road) offices. No appointment is necessary to receive walk-in care at Community Health Center’s locations. In addition to walk-in services, CHC offers integrated primary care, behavioral health care, dental care, gynecology, optometry, substance use disorder services, on-site affordable prescriptions and other services. SmartExam Telehealth Tool Now Available

March 7, 2023

As part of our continued commitment to improve access to care for all in our community, Community Health Center offers a convenient telehealth tool called SmartExam. Adult CHC patients can access the SmartExam any time of day or night. A Community Health Center provider will review the exam during walk-in hours (Monday-Thursday 8:00am-5:30pm and Friday 8:00am-5:00pm). Once the provider has reviewed and signed the exam, the patient will receive an email with their treatment plan, including prescriptions ordered, if appropriate. Providers may notify patients directly if they determine an in-person or video visit is necessary to diagnose their ailment.

Community Health Center is proud to offer this tool as a way to improve access to care. Though SmartExam won’t be a perfect fit for everyone and every situation, we hope the convenience will be welcomed by those who opt to use it.

SmartExam is available for a wide variety of ailments including:

Birth Control
Bladder Infection (UTI)
Erectile Dysfunction
Ear Pain
Low Back Pain
Mouth sore
Smoking Cessation
Sexually Transmitted Illness
Sty/Pink Eye
Upper respiratory illness
Yeast Infection

For additional information about SmartExam and getting started with this service, please click here.

If you have any questions about this service please contact Community Health Center at (508) 477-7090.

Community Health Center Welcomes Chief Medical Officer Dr. Arshiya Seth

February 28, 2023

Community Health Center (CHC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Arshiya Seth as the new Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Seth is a highly experienced physician leader with 10+ years of extensive experience in patient safety, risk, quality, and performance improvement.

Dr. Seth began her medical education at Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College in Pune, India, where she received her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree. She then completed her internal medicine residency at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) through Harvard University, where she spent 14 years as a primary care provider. Dr. Seth has also served as Performance Improvement Coach to multiple teams, leading several projects to improve overall quality and provider satisfaction within the CHA system of care. She is a Certified Professional in Health Care Quality, a Six Sigma-Lean Professional, and holds a white belt certification in Lean Six Sigma. Dr. Seth is a national speaker on patient safety, risk, and quality, and her career has been devoted to improving patient and staff experience of care through innovation and quality improvement.

CHC is excited to welcome Dr. Seth as the new Chief Medical Officer. Her experience and expertise in patient safety, risk, quality, and performance improvement will be invaluable in CHC’s mission to provide high-quality healthcare to our community.

Community Health Center Offering Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

February 21, 2023

Mashpee – Community Health Center is hosting COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccine clinics at CHC offices in Mashpee, Falmouth and Bourne, which are open to the community. The Moderna bivalent vaccine will be administered for individuals 18 and older at the following times and locations:  Falmouth, at 200 Jones Road in Homeport on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:00am to 5:30pm.  Mashpee, at 107 Commercial Street on Thursdays from 8:30am to 5:00pm.  Bourne, at 123 Waterhouse Road on Wednesdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm. 

Community Health Center has created an online scheduling tool to make it easier for CHC patients and others in the community to view availability and to schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine.  To make an appointment, please visit, or call (508) 477-7090.  These vaccine clinics are being administered by Community Health Center’s pharmacy team in each of these locations.     

For additional information about COVID-19 response and testing from Community Health Center, please visit their website, or call (508) 477-7090.

Community Health Center Welcomes New Addiction Program Manager

January 9, 2023

Sandwich – Community Health Center is pleased to have Ryan Golden, MD join their team as Addiction Program Manager. Dr. Golden’s role at CHC will include both internal medicine and substance use disorder/addiction services.         

Dr. Golden received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Stonehill College in Easton, followed by his Doctor of Medicine degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, WI. He completed his internship and residency for Internal Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, as well as his fellowship in Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Golden will split his time between substance use disorder services and primary care, working in Community Health Center’s Mashpee (107 Commercial Street) and Sandwich (90 Route 6A, Unit 5A) offices. Community Health Center offers medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) programs for substance use disorder using Suboxone or Vivitrol. Substance use disorder treatment services at Community Health Center provide access to a structured, safe, and empowering environment, consultation to discuss and develop an integrated treatment plan, and integrated comprehensive care that can include addiction services, behavioral health group sessions, primary care follow-ups, and personalized pathways to recovery with the consistent guidance of the addiction specialty team.

Community Health Center Recognized by HRSA for Quality Improvements in 2022

November 22, 2022

Mashpee – The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded multiple commendations to Community Health Center for outstanding quality improvement. Most notably, Community Health Center has received Silver Certification as a Health Center Quality Leader based on quality measures they implement for the patients they serve. In addition to this award, Community Health Center has been recognized with a number of other honors, including the following.  

Access Enhancer, recognizing CHCs that increased the total number of patients and the number of patients who receive at least one comprehensive service by at least 5% during consecutive years. Advancing HIT for Quality, recognizing CHCs that meet all criteria to optimize Health Information Technology (HIT) services. Addressing Social Risk Factors, recognizing CHCs that are screening for social risk factors impacting patient health, and are increasing access to enabling services. Health Disparities Reducer, recognizing CHCs that qualify for the Access Enhancer award, and meet clinical measures related to low birth weight, hypertension control and uncontrolled diabetes. Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition (PCMH), recognizing CHCs with PCMH Recognition in one or more delivery sites.

“Community Health Center staff have been continuously working together in order to mitigate lapses in our patient’s health maintenance,” said Dr. Kristy Brown, CHC’s Associate Medical Director for Quality Improvement. “We are focusing on what can be done beyond their visits to ensure they are engaged in their own wellness. With new programs such as Remote Patient Monitoring and Lifestyle Medicine, we are able to take a more comprehensive approach to care for our community.”

These awards recognize the highest-performing health centers nationwide as well as the health centers that have made significant quality improvement gains from the previous year.

Community Health Center Welcomes Two New Providers: Karoline Sieracki, MD, and Ellen Ficks, NP

November 12, 2022

Mashpee – Community Health Center is proud to welcome Dr. Karoline Sieracki, MD and Ellen Ficks, NP to CHC’s staff.

Dr. Karoline Sieracki received her Doctor of Medicine from the Universidad Federal do Parana in Curitiba, PR, Brazil, followed by her internal medicine residency at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Sieracki is a member of the American College of Physicians, Society of Hospital Medicine and American Medical Association. She has an extensive history of volunteerism across the country as a general physician and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Sieracki is practicing in Community Health Center’s Bourne office at 123 Waterhouse Road.

Ellen Ficks, NP received her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Bridgewater State College, before attending Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, where she received her Master of Science in Nursing. Ms. Ficks has an array of experience, with over 10 years working as a Nurse Practitioner in different clinical settings before joining Community Health Center. She also holds multiple licensures for mental health counseling and suboxone administration. She currently sees patients in CHC’s Mashpee office located at 107 Commercial Street.

Community Health Center and Cape Cod YMCA Announce Partnership for Upper Cape Project

October 14, 2022

Falmouth – Community Health Center and YMCA Cape Cod are excited to announce their collaboration on the Upper Cape YMCA building project being planned on Brick Kiln Road in Falmouth, at the rear parcel of Christ Lutheran Church.  The facility will include aquatics, wellness, teen/intergenerational, youth and family programs and services.  The facility will also include space for Community Health Center to ensure that all people will have access to programs and services that focus on health, prevention and wellness, and reducing the incidence of chronic illness. 

Community Health Center and YMCA Cape Cod have a strong history of collaborating to improve the lives of children with asthma, seniors at risk for falling, individuals with diabetes and adults struggling with hypertension.  This partnership will leverage the resources and strengths of Community Health Center and YMCA Cape Cod, strengthening the health and wellness of the community through collaboration, shared facilities and joint programming. 

“This significant collaboration on the Upper Cape will expand care beyond the walls of CHC’s medical home, and will help people of all ages improve their health and prevent or control chronic illness,” said Karen Gardner, Chief Executive Officer at Community Health Center.  “Our community will get healthier together thanks to a comprehensive plan to create a place for youth, families, and adults to connect, and to learn to lead healthier lives.”

New program opportunities at Community Health Center’s location in this YMCA facility will include: primary care services; programs for children and teens focused on healthy eating, drug and alcohol abuse prevention; diabetes and nutrition education; health screenings for stroke risk, cancer, blood glucose, heart health and vision; presentations by CHC care teams about healthy living and eating, substance use, breast cancer awareness and emotional and psychological health; and support groups addressing diabetes, multiple sclerosis, living after loss and weight management. 

“The synergies between CHC and the YMCA are the wave of the future,” said Stacie Peugh, President and CEO of YMCA Cape Cod.  “Working collaboratively with health care providers to provide an integrated approach to serving the health and wellness needs of our community is visionary work we are proud to be co-leading with CHC.”

YMCA Cape Cod has been serving individuals on the Upper Cape for 60 years.  They started by providing wellness classes at Falmouth High School and now offer after-school programs, summer camp and early childhood education for children on the Upper Cape.  Community Health Center was founded in Falmouth, and currently has a facility and retail pharmacy at Homeport in downtown Falmouth, and facilities in North Falmouth and at the Falmouth Housing Authority.  CHC currently cares for 1 in 4 residents of Falmouth.  This partnership and new facility will enable the organizations to offer more programs and services to Upper Cape residents, supporting a vibrant quality of life for people of all ages and backgrounds. 

Plans for the Upper Cape facility are already in place, and memorandums of understanding have been created and signed between Community Health Center and YMCA Cape Cod on clinical services to be provided by CHC, and a pre-construction agreement.  The organizations are currently engaged in a two-year permitting and fundraising phase, with anticipated construction to begin after that time.