The Falmouth Enterprise: Risky Business: Prevention Demands A Multi-Faceted Approach

April 7, 2017

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.

Substance Use Drop-In Center To Launch In CHC of Cape Cod- Mashpee

April 6, 2017

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!

Community Health Center of Cape Cod Trains Staff in STAR Quality to Improve Patient Care

April 5, 2017

Community Health Center of Cape Cod is providing STAR Quality training for all staff in Lean principles as part of its commitment to continuous quality improvement. The mission of this training is to ensure the use of improvement techniques to implement strategic plans that are both efficient and effective in improving patient care. The effort is supported in part with a grant from Neighborhood Health Plan and is delivered by Dan Fleming, an expert in Lean from GBMP.

All CHC staff is participating in three 4-hour sessions covering the following topics: Basics of lean in healthcare, workplace organization, A3 problem solving and team based process Kaizen.  In addition, CHC will begin to implement Gemba Walks, which brings managers into the real workplace to observe workflow problems and derive solutions. Managers from every department will be rotating through the entire organization to learn more about departmental work flow and to provide oversight, education and resources to foster a culture of sustained continuous improvement. STAR Quality stands for Strategies and Techniques for Achieving Results.

CHC of Cape Cod Hires Two Providers for Primary Care and Gynecology

March 15, 2017

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.


The Mashpee Enterprise: Legislators, Health Leaders Discuss Prevention Funding

March 8, 2017

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.

Cape Cod Times: State Senators get a Sense of the Cape

March 8, 2017

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!

2017 Massachusetts State Senate Commonwealth Conversations at Community Health Center of Cape Cod

March 3, 2017

Senator Michael Brady, Second Plymouth and Bristol district; Senator Julian Cyr, Cape and Islands district; and Senator Vinny deMacedo, Plymouth and Barnstable district will be hosting a roundtable discussion on the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) and funding for Community Health Centers on Tuesday, March 7.  Various members of the Barnstable County PWTF Partnership will be in attendance to discuss this partnership, and to discuss other community public health priorities.  The event will be held at Community Health Center of Cape Cod’s Mashpee office.


Please consider joining us to cover this event.  More information is below:


Event Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Time: 9:15 am – 10:30 am

Location: Community Health Center of Cape Cod (Park in the upper lot and use main entrance)
107 Commercial Street, Mashpee, MA 02649

Media Contact: Chris Ellis

Media Contact Phone: (914) 433-0926 (day of event)

Media Contact Email:

Cape Cod Times: Federal Cuts Threaten State’s Health Reform

February 27, 2017

Click here to read this  Cape Cod Times article featuring Community Health Center of Cape Cod’s CEO Karen Gardner.




Cape Cod Radio: “Cape Cod Talks Addiction” Series with CHC of Cape Cod

February 23, 2017

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.

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The Cape Cod Foundation Awards Community Health Center of Cape Cod Substance Abuse Grant

February 15, 2017

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: