COVID-19 testing is available at the Health Center’s Mashpee office. If you would like to be tested, please call us at 508-477-7090 during business hours and press 2. Let the operator know you are calling to be connected to our COVID-19 team.
We know that the situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to evolve rapidly. Community Health Center of Cape Cod is monitoring the virus with the latest guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide updated information to our patients as it becomes available. The best way to avoid getting sick, and to avoid spreading a virus is to wash your hands often, avoid people who are sick and stay home if you are sick.
If you have a fever over 102 degrees that won’t respond to over the counter fever reducers and one of the following, please call 911:
Worsening chest pain despite taking over the counter pain medication
Cough associated with bloody sputum
Worsening shortness of breath
Virtual Visits at CHC: Community Health Center of Cape Cod is prepared to meet the health care needs of their patients during the rapidly changing COVID-19 environment by offering expanded telehealth appointments, also known as virtual visits. Virtual visits may be accomplished through a more detailed phone call or through a video conferencing application within the patient’s electronic health record. In accordance with the latest guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Center encourages patients to call prior to visiting CHC of Cape Cod. Many health conditions may be addressed virtually, reducing the risk of community exposure to COVID-19. To see a demonstration of the virtual visits and for additional information on how to access them, please click here.
If you are scheduled for elective surgery, we recommend you contact your surgeon’s office for information.
For questions about your upcoming appointments or to find out if a virtual visits would be appropriate for you, please call us at 508-477-7090 during business hours and press 2 to be connected to Patient Engagement. Let them know you are a high risk patient for COVID-19 and you would like information about virtual visits or to postpone a preventive visit.
If you have any questions, you can call the Health Center at (508) 477-7090.
Health Center of Cape Cod is prepared to meet the health care needs of our
patients during the rapidly changing COVID-19 environment by offering expanded
telehealth appointments, also known as virtual visits. Virtual visits may be
accomplished through a more detailed phone call or through our video
conferencing application within our patient’s electronic health record. In
accordance with the latest guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public
Health and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we
encourage patients to call prior to visiting the Health Center. Many health
conditions may be addressed virtually, reducing the risk of community exposure
individuals who have a computer or tablet with an internet connection or a
smartphone, they will be able to check-in for your virtual visit using the MyChart
patient portal and can launch a video conference through this service. Not all
services can be offered virtually, but a virtual visit can be appropriate for
some preventive care, follow-up, behavioral health and chronic disease
To learn more about virtual visits at the Health Center, please call (508) 477-7090 to be connected to the Patient Engagement team. If you believe you are experiencing symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, cough) or have reason to believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please let our team know upon calling. Health Center patients may also message their health care provider through the MyChart patient portal. For additional information from Community Health Center of Cape Cod, and their efforts surrounding COVID-19, visit www.chcofcapecod.org/coronavirus.
To see a demonstration of the virtual visits and for additional information on how to access them, please click here.
We know that the current situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to evolve rapidly. Community Health Center of Cape Cod is monitoring the situation with the latest guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide updated information to our patients as it becomes available.
Mashpee – Community Health
Center of Cape Cod has been recognized as a 2019 Health Center Quality Leader
by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s Bureau of Primary
Healthcare. The Health Center has received recognition for ranking among the
top 10% of health centers nationally for clinical quality – the first time in
the organization’s history that they have received this honor.
This recognition by HRSA was for
numerous quality improvement achievements in 2019. In addition to the top 10%
Quality Leader recognition for clinical quality measures, Community Health
Center of Cape Cod was recognized in a number of subcategories of the Improving
Quality of Care Awards. These categories are Clinical Quality Improvers,
demonstrating at least 15% improvement on a clinical quality measure; Advancing
Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality Award, for utilizing five HIT
services and/or telehealth services to increase access to care and advance
quality of care; and Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition, for having
patient centered medical home recognition (PCMH) in one or more delivery sites.
The Health Center is
honored to be recognized by HRSA as a health center leader in these categories
and will continue to work on quality improvement efforts to provide the best
care possible for the community. The Health
Center has offices in Mashpee, Falmouth, Bourne and Centerville, and provides
integrated care services for anyone in the community who needs it, regardless
of ability to pay.
Health Center of Cape Cod is excited to welcome Dr. Thomas Andrea OD, FAAO as Director
of Optometry Services. Dr. Andrea, a resident of Sandwich, most recently served
as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the New England School of Optometry and
as an Attending Optometrist at the Lynn Community Health Center.
Andrea received his Doctor of Optometry (OD) from the New England College of
Optometry (NECO) in Boston and completed his residency in Ocular Disease and
Primary Care at VA Boston Healthcare System in Brockton, MA. He continues to
serve as the Director of the NECO Alumni Association and is a member of the
American Optometric Association and the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists.
He received his Fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry at the most
recent meeting in November of 2018.
Dr. Andrea is
accepting new patients ages 6 and up and has an interest in caring for patients
with systemic and ocular diseases, such as diabetes, macular degeneration and
co-managing glaucoma. Community Health Center of Cape Cod offers optometry
services at their Mashpee office located at 107 Commercial Street, and has
recently increased its optometry services with the addition of teleretinal
cameras at its Falmouth and Bourne offices.
The optometry office in Mashpee will also be expanded soon, and these latest
developments will allow for improved eye care and overall health for a broader
spectrum of patients in the community
CENTERVILLE — The Cape’s nonprofit community health centers continue to grow, with the Mashpee-based Community Health Center of Cape Cod recently opening a fourth location in Centerville.
Located at 1185B Falmouth Road, the Centerville office offers primary care and walk-in service from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Walk-in services in Centerville are available to the general public, not just the health center’s registered patients, said Christopher Ellis, who is director of organizational advancement. The Centerville office held a grand opening Jan. 31.
The health center plans to add two dental chairs to the Centerville location later this year, making dentistry available at all of its locations including Bourne, Falmouth and Mashpee, Ellis said.
The health center got its start 21 years ago as the Falmouth Free Clinic, with a volunteer staff dedicated to serving people who didn’t have insurance.
Ten years later a 10,000-square-foot office opened in Mashpee and in 2012 another 22,000 square feet was added.
Now serving more than 17,000 patients, the health center has an annual budget of of $18 million for 2019, Ellis said.
Last year, 13 percent of the operating revenue came from state and federal grants and 10 percent from philanthropy, he said.
Revenue from patient services came to 77 percent, Ellis said.
The 3,000-square-foot Centerville renovation cost $690,000 and is being funded mainly by philanthropy, said Karen Gardner, CEO of the organization.
The new location was opened to help serve the community health center’s 2,300 patients from Barnstable, Ellis said.
“The addition of a Community Health Center of Cape Cod office in Centerville will allow us to expand access to care for our patients and the community as a whole,” Gardner wrote in an email.
Of the health center’s patients, 41 percent are on MassHealth, 23 percent are on Medicare, five percent have no insurance and the rest receive coverage either through Connector Care or private insurance, Ellis said.
“We continue to see increased demand for integrated care services, and we want to be able to meet those demands with convenient and accessible services where our patients live and work,” she said.
Over the years, the Center has added services such as pharmacy, optometry and behavioral health.
“I think they’re fantastic. They’re very caring,” said Rob Caggiula of Mashpee, who went Tuesday to the Centerville office.
A regular patient, Caggiula, who owns a landscaping business, said the Centerville office was able to take him as a walk-in on a slow day for his business.
A community health center typically is located in or serves an area that is considered medically underserved, is governed by a community boards, provides comprehensive primary health care and other services, and provides services to all based on ability to pay.
On Cape Cod, Community Health Center of Cape Cod is not the only community health center expanding services.
The Duffy Health Center in Hyannis, which serves 3,200 people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, moved into its new building in 2011 and recently completed a $500,000 renovation, said Duffy CEO Heidi Romans Nelson.
Outer Cape Health Services closed a clinic in South Harwich and opened an expanded clinic in Harwich Port in December, said Outer Cape spokesman Gerry Desautels.
The Wellfleet center is closed for renovations that will expand its footprint by 50 percent when it reopens, which is expected to be in June, Desautels said.
Outer Cape Health Services sees 17,000 patients annually, Desautels said. He estimated it has 300 new patients since opening the Harwich Port clinic and has expanded its service area to include Dennis and Yarmouth in addition to the eight easternmost towns on Cape Cod.
Outer Cape Health Services had operated a dental service out of its Provincetown office, but last year the nonprofit signed an agreement with Harbor Health Services, which has a clinic in Hyannis, to run the dental program, Desautels said.
Harbor Health Services opened its Hyannis clinic in 2003 and provides medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare, said Ami Bowen, the agency’s director of community relations.
“We are looking to offer more patients recovery services in Hyannis,” Bowen said in an email. “We are also looking to expand our dental care at our Ellen Jones Dental Health Center in Harwich and are currently looking for a potential new site.”
Harbor Health has 13,400 patients in Hyannis and Harwich, Bowen said.
Community Health Center of Cape Cod hosted a
ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Centerville office, located at 1185B
Falmouth Road, on January 31. There was a great turnout of Board Members,
donors, patients, staff, volunteers and community partners to officially open
the new office. Community Health Center of Cape Cod Chief Executive Officer Karen
Gardner welcomed the crowd and provided information about the Health Center’s
expansion and Massachusetts State Representative Will Crocker also made remarks
about the importance of health centers on the Cape. All of the guests at the
ribbon cutting were able to tour the new office and meet the Centerville staff.
“Cutting the ribbon today at our Centerville office
is our first step in providing access to affordable health care to even more
Cape Cod residents,” Gardner said. “Over the last twenty years, we have seen
tremendous patient growth and recognized a need for a location on the mid-Cape
to keep up with the demand for health care services. Now that our new Centerville office is
officially open, we look forward to offering high-quality, affordable,
integrated health care closer to our patients and to the community as a whole.”
Community Health Center of Cape Cod’s Centerville
office currently offers primary and walk-in care services, and dental services
will be offered later this year. The office is open Monday through Thursday
from 8:00 to 6:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary to utilize walk-in services for
treatment and care of minor injuries and illnesses, and services are open to
the public, regardless of if you are a patient at the Health Center.
For more information about Community Health Center
of Cape Cod, please visit www.chcofcapecod.org or call (508) 477-7090.
Community Health Center of Cape Cod has opened an office in Centerville, located at 1185B Falmouth Road in the Gosnold building. This new CHC location provides walk-in care services and is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 to 6:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary to utilize walk-in services for treatment and care of minor injuries and illnesses, and services are open to the public.
Walk-in services that can be
treated at the Health Center’s Centerville office include colds, flu, strep and
sore throats; sinus infections; urinary tract infections; bites and stings;
minor lacerations; cuts and burns; health screenings; rashes and other minor
injuries or illnesses.
“We care for more than 15,000
patients across Cape Cod, and we have seen an increased need for comprehensive,
high quality, compassionate health care from individuals living and working on
Cape Cod,” said Karen Gardner, Chief Executive Officer at Community Health
Center of Cape Cod. “Our new Centerville office will provide more access to
care to our patients and the entire community as a whole.”
An official ribbon-cutting
ceremony will take place on January 31, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. Community Health
Center of Cape Cod’s Centerville location is its fourth office, joining those
in Mashpee, Falmouth and Bourne. For more information about Community Health
Center of Cape Cod, please visit www.chcofcapecod.org or call (508) 477-7090.
Community Health Center of Cape Cod announced it has received a $25,000 Partnership Grant from Eastern Bank, America’s oldest and largest mutual bank. The grant will help fund CHC’s expansion into its fourth office, which will be in Centerville.
The new Centerville location, conveniently located on Route 28 at West Main Street in the Gosnold building, will provide the Mid, Lower and Outer Cape communities with more access to affordable health care. CHC’s Centerville expansion will offer primary care and preventative services, dental care, behavioral health and addictions services in collaboration with Gosnold staff and telehealth opportunities so patients can consult with providers in other CHC offices.
“Since 2012, the number of CHC patients from the seven villages of Barnstable has increased 63 percent,” said Karen Gardner, CEO of Community Health Center of Cape Cod. “A location in the heart of Barnstable will significantly ease the transportation burdens these patients face in receiving care. It will also help CHC provide easier access to care to even more individuals from the villages of Barnstable and beyond. We’re thankful that Eastern Bank supports our mission and are honored to receive their Partnership Grant to help fund our expansion.”
“Nonprofits provide services essential to building thriving communities, yet their growth is stymied far too often,” said Bob Rivers, Chair and CEO of Eastern Bank. “We realized this as an area where we could help to do good and established our Partnership Grant program to specifically fund capital needs. Nonprofits are no different than for profit businesses in that they require funding to grow, but it can be especially challenging for nonprofits to secure it. We’re proud to support and congratulate the 2018 Partnership Grant recipients.”
Since 1999, on average, Eastern Bank has given 10 percent of its net income – seven times the national average – to charity each year, which now totals over $110 million. The Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation has several different grantmaking programs that support the Bank’s culture rooted in community service and the pursuit of social justice and opportunity for all. The Foundation’s Partnership Grant program specifically funds nonprofit capital needs. CHC is among 10 nonprofits each receiving a $25,000 Partnership Grant in 2018. In total, Eastern is granting $250,000 in Partnership Grants this year to nonprofits in communities from New Hampshire to Cape Cod and throughout the North Shore, South Shore, Merrimack Valley, MetroWest and Greater Boston.
Information about all of Eastern Bank’s grant-giving programs is available here.
To support CHC’s Centerville project, or to learn more about the expansion, please visit the organization’s support page.
Community Health Center of Cape Cod hosted another successful golf tournament this year at Pocasset Golf Club on Monday, September 24, raising $68,000 in funds to support the Health Center, the most ever, and welcoming 112 individual golfers, the most since 2007. An incredible turnout of sponsors, committee members, players and volunteers participated in the tournament, the Maney Family Putting Contest, raffles and a live auction.
CHC of Cape Cod thanks its generous gold sponsors for their support: Cape and Islands Kitchens, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, Dellbrook | JKS, Group Brokerage Insurance Agency, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Falmouth Lumber, MEDCOM, Physicians Insurance Agency of Mass, Inc., Raponi Drywall & Plastering, Slade Mortgage, The Valle Group and W.B. Mason.
The mission of Community Health Center of Cape Cod is to improve the health of our community through the provision of comprehensive, high quality, compassionate health care to all, regardless of ability to pay. CHC provides care to more than 15,000 individuals within a complete medical home model, where multidisciplinary, integrated health services are provided under one roof to assist patients in overcoming transportation, affordability, financial, linguistic, cultural and other barriers to care. Funds raised from the annual golf tournament directly benefit CHC’s mission.