Faster than a speeding bullet National Health Center Week 2018 has come and gone, yet the whirlwind week helped to shine a spotlight on some of the true superheroes who help health centers like Manet serve our patients and protect the health of our communities. From start to finish, it was a super National Health Center Week, indeed!
Manet is pleased to welcome Ream Akkeh, FNP-C to our family medicine team in North Quincy.
A family nurse practitioner, Ream earned her Master of Science in Nursing at Simmons College in Boston and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT.
She also has extensive experience as a registered nurse working on the coronary intensive care unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT and in the cardiovascular telemetry unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, as well as volunteer posts in Togo, West Africa.
In addition to her considerable clinical skills, Ream has an arsenal of language capabilities to assist her in caring for Manet's multicultural patient population. She is fluent in Arabic, French and Italian.
To make an appointment with Ream, call 617-376-3000.
Posted August 24, 2018
Manet Receives Quality Awards
Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $125 million in Quality Improvement Awards to 1,352 community health centers across the U.S. These awards recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide as well as those health centers that have made significant quality improvement gains from the previous year. Health centers must use these funds to build upon their achievements to continue to improve quality, efficiency, and the value of health care delivery in the communities they serve. Of the 39 Massachusetts health centers to receive Quality Awards, Manet ranked 8th and received awards in the following categories:
Enhancing Access to Care Award, which recognizes health centers that increased the total number of patients served and the number of patients receiving comprehensive services between 2016 and 2017.
Addressing Health Disparities Award, which recognizes health centers that met, exceeded, or made at least a 10% improvement toward Healthy People 2020 goals across different racial/ethnic groups.
Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality Award, which recognizes health centers that utilized HIT systems to increase access to care and advance quality of care.
"Continuous improvement is just that continuous," says Manet CEO Cynthia Sierra. "We are always seeking to be and to do better for the health center and our patients. This award comes from the persistence and thoughtfulness of each staff member, across sites and across departments with the able guidance and leadership of our Performance Improvement Team led by Rob Shiner, MD, Chief Quality Officer and Misbah Mohammed, Quality Manager."
Posted August 24, 2018
Start the School Year Off Right!
New backpack and lunchbox, check. Pens, paper and notebooks, check. As the summer winds down, you may be ticking off items on your back-to-school checklist, but before the school buses start rolling, make sure to check these important health-related items off your list, too!
Back-to-school check-up and sports physical
In addition to any general health concerns, a thorough physical exam will also address any emotional, developmental, or social concerns. It is also a good chance to address important questions, especially with teenagers, including adolescent issues of drinking, smoking, drugs, sexual activity, and depression. Sports physicals include screening for injuries, underlying heart and breathing problems, as well as other health issues that can be dangerous to your student athlete. They may be done at the same time—just be sure to bring your school form along.
Immunizations and vaccinations
Getting children and teens ready to go back to school is the perfect time to make sure they are up-to-date with their immunizations. Vaccination protects students from diseases and keeps them healthy. Starting in kindergarten and through 12th grade, students in Massachusetts must stay up to date on vaccines for DTaP/Tdap, polio, MMR, Hepatitis B, and Varicella. Ask your provider for an up-to-date immunization list and keep it in a safe place to bring to each appointment.
Many children struggle needlessly with vision problems simply because they don’t know they have one. For a child in school, vision correction can make all the difference in their academic performance as well as their ability to play sports and interact with others. A comprehensive eye exam from an eye care professional will ensure that children are seeing and feeling their best.
Ease back into a normal sleep schedule
Summertime is a fun and carefree time for kids, and although they might argue, it's important that they get plenty of sleep. Keep them active during the day and start bedtime 5-10 minutes earlier each night to make the transition easier come September.
Calm first-day jitters
For lots of kids, especially those entering kindergarten or a new school for the first time, the first day can seem scary. Parents and caregivers can help ease these worries by openly discussing what they can expect on day one, helping to pack their backpack in advance, and reading stories about going back to school. Reassure them that being nervous is normal, and they will forget about it in no time!
To make an appointment for a back-to-school physical or eye exam, call 617-376-3000.
Posted August 24, 2018
Fair Foods at Manet NQ
Every other Wednesday. Upcoming dates:
September 5 & 19
at Manet Community Health Center,
110 West Squantum Street, North Quincy
Fair Foods comes to Manet every other week with an assortment of fruits, vegetables and other produce. A full bag is $2. Some $1 items available.
The Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative is offering a variety free wellness classes to help you get and stay healthy.
Classes include Nutrition, Falls Prevention, Smoking Cessation and Chronic Disease Management.(high blood pressure/ diabetes). Visit the website for class times, locations and registration information:
Manet has earned
Gold Seal of Approval™
Manet Community Health Center serves the broad preventive and primary care needs of the residents of the South Shore region through pediatrics,
family medicine, and internal medicine.
Founded in 1979, Manet has five practice sites
and a diverse staff who are committed to ensuring that our patients enjoy access
to all levels of the health care system. One of our priorities is providing
services for the medically underserved.
This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and deemed under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
Here When You Need Us!
Manet offers urgent and routine medical appointments on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in our North Quincy and Hull locations. All of our Quincy and Hull sites also offer evening hours.
Call 617-376-3000 for an appointment. To reach an on-call provider after office hours, Manet patients can call 617-376-3000 or their preferred site. For medical emergencies, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
At Manet Community Health Center, we believe that everyone has the right to accessible, high quality and compassionate health care close to home. By supporting our mission, you are not just making a difference in the lives of thousands of patients in Quincy, Hull and Taunton and surrounding communities who call Manet their medical home; you are making a difference in our community. Please consider giving your support today!
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