There’s much to be thankful for as we reflect on 2012 and look ahead to what will be the Health Center’s 15th year. This past year has been one of our busiest and most exciting. Our brand new 22,000 sq/ft building in Mashpee opened this fall, just one year after we broke ground on the project. The Health Center now serves a record high of nearly 15,000 children, adults, seniors, and families in our community, more than any other community health center in our area.
We celebrated the new addition with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on September 21 and 125+ people attended. They all heard Senate President Therese Murray, Senator Dan Wolf, and Health Center leadership speak to the great need in this region and the ways in which the Health Center is helping meet those needs.
On November 3rd we hosted a Community Open House in our brand new space that featured insurance enrollment, mental health screenings, blood pressure readings, tours, applications for volunteer and employment opportunities, and more. This event was also extremely well attended.
The new 10-chair Dental Clinic opened on October 29th and General Medicine and Women’s & Family Medicine began seeing patients on November 12th. Our new Imaging Services (provided here by Falmouth Hospital) and Pharmacy for low-cost or no-cost prescriptions for our patients both opened the week before Christmas. In the original building, SameDay Care is provided for Health Center patients and we look forward to obtaining the proper licensing to open a Walk-in Service for anyone, not just Health Center patients.
Having the staff, capacity, and resources to provide primary/preventive, women’s health, behavioral health, dental care, case management, imaging, pharmacy, and more to so many of our friends and neighbors in need this year is what we, at the Health Center, are truly thankful for. It is only with generous support from so many that the Health Center can continue providing those in need in our community with affordable, integrated healthcare.