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Manet Celebrates 40 Years of Caring

Event raises $113K for health center programs and services

Despite the stormy weather that prompted a last minute venue change, Manet Community Health Center celebrated its 40th anniversary with more than 250 guests, including patients, donors, vendors, elected officials and staff past and present, at Quincy High School on June 20 and raised more than $113,000 for the health center’s programs and services. Set to music and food spanning the decades by DJ Nicky D Cronin and Cypress Catering, the event paid homage to the health center’s beginnings in 1979 in Houghs Neck while emphasizing its dynamic path for the future.

Heartfelt Thanks to our Sponsors!

Decade Sponsors


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Boston Medical Center

BMC HealthNet Plan


VIP Sponsors


Table Top Sponsors

Signature Healthcare

Keohane
Keohane Funeral Homes

Hank Rittal & Ann Toscano

Mayor Thomas P. Koch, City of Quincy

Robert Griffin and Roseann Russell

 


Customized Sponsors

Wine Pull Sponsor

Eric Cohen, MD

Billboard Sponsor

Local 103 – Boston

Cup Sponsor

Cup Sponsor

Napkin Sponsor

The Shiner Group


Community Health Supporter Plus

Codman Square Health Center


Community Health Supporters

  • Aspire Health Alliance
  • Call 4 Health
  • Phyllis Dohanian
  • Patricia and John Dillane
  • Dyntek
  • Gavin Foundation
  • Green Pages Technology Solutions
  • Griffin Maintenance Services
  • The Hacunda Family
  • Hub International
  • Innovative Cost Solutions
  • Krokidas & Bluestein
  • Matt Littlefield
  • Morton Hospital
  • Senior Whole Health
  • Cynthia Sierra
  • South Boston CHC
  • South Cove CHC
  • South Shore Bank
  • Vitra Health
  • Yozell Associates

Partners for a Healthy Life

  • AAFCPAs
  • Bank of America
  • Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Milton
  • Ann Bisson
  • Ian Cain
  • Father Bill's and Mainspring
  • Eva Greenwood
  • Lisa and Ken Levine
  • Keith and Grace McAuliffe
  • Quincy Community Action Programs (QCAP)
  • Quincy Credit Union
  • Quincy Rotary Club
  • Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.
  • Tremont Credit Union

Friendship Sponsors

  • Quincy College
  • Coastal Heritage Bank
  • Bay State Community Services
  • New Horizon Communications Group

Deepest Gratitude to our Auction, Raffle & In-Kind Donors!

  • Abby Park & Novara
  • Adams National Park
  • Attitash Mountain Village
  • Atlas Liquors
  • Aura Salon 1155
  • Bank of America
  • Bernie & Phyl's
  • BOSE® Corporation
  • Boston Bruins Foundation
  • Boston Crawling
  • Boston Red Sox Foundation
  • Caryn's Corner
  • Clifford's Flowers
  • Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy lll
  • Congressman Stephen F. Lynch
  • Cranmore Mountain Resort
  • Cumberland Farms
  • Dave and Busters
  • Death Wish Coffee Co.
  • Foxwoods Resort and Casino
  • Fratelli’s Pastry Shop - Quincy
  • Friends of Paragon Park
  • George Washington Toma
  • Granite Links Golf Club
  • Healthy Balance
  • Heritage Museum & Gardens
  • Huntington Theatre
  • Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Intl Tennis Hall of Fame
  • Isabella Stuart Gardner
  • Jake’s Seafood Restaurant
  • Keohane Funeral Home
  • Krokidas & Bluestein
  • LaDalat Restaurant
  • Lumiere Dental Spa
  • Lux Dental
  • Mallory Portraits
  • Marina Bay Management
  • Nantasket Beach Resort
  • National Wine
  • New England Aquarium
  • NE Patriots Foundation
  • Norfolk County Sheriff
  • Oriental Trading
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • Picaboo
  • Plimouth Planation
  • Princess House®
  • Roche Brothers
  • Showcase Cinema
  • South Coastal Animal Health
  • South Shore YMCA
  • Swan Boats of Boston
  • The Common Market
  • The Preservation Society of Newport County
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden
  • TreeTop Adventures
  • Wachusett Mountain
  • Vineyard Vines
  • X1 Boston

Sincere Appreciation to our Volunteers!

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts - Blue Crew

  • Crystal Adams
  • Sarah Bohlayer
  • Kristen Bohn
  • Clotilde Bouquet-Vixama
  • Jessica Breen
  • Kimberly Carrington
  • Alison Clinton
  • Alexis Higgins
  • Peter McManus
  • Amber Prevey
  • Nicole Rosenberg
  • Julia Saldana
  • Donna Smith
  • Emily Stearns

Tremont Credit Union

  • Sheila Lynch
  • Bryan Sliech
  • Joe Mullaney

Quincy Credit Union

Hanna Nunes


North Quincy High School MA-841st Air Force Jr. ROTC

North Quincy High School MA-841st Air Force Jr. ROTC

Thank You 40th Anniversary Host Committee and event staff!

Thank You 40th Anniversary Host Committee and event staff!

Host Committee

  • Joseph M. Reardon, Chair
  • Abdul Abdulwaheed, DMD
  • Ryan Barrett
  • Anne Bisson
  • Eric Cohen, MD
  • Sean Curry
  • Patty Dillane
  • Phyllis Dohanian
  • Alicia Gardner
  • Gene E. Green, MD, MBA
  • Robert Griffin, Esq.
  • Neda Hovaizi, DDS
  • Amy Kelly
  • Matt Littlefield
  • Larry Liuzzo
  • Grace McAuliffe
  • Terry Bellotti-Palmieri
  • Diane Papadakos
  • Lindsay Tia Reilly
  • Helen V. Shiner
  • Cynthia Sierra
  • Charles Thayer, MD

Manet Event Staff

Amy O'Brien, Crystal Lee, Kathy Golden, and Sandra McGunigle

Season of Thanks. Reasons for Giving.

It's the time of year when we take stock of the people and things for which we are most thankful. For us at Manet, that means our wonderful and dedicated staff, our precious patients and our generous supporters new and old. During this season of thanks, we'd like to share with you stories of how your support helps us deliver care to those who need it.

I'm not alone: Allen's Story

Allen Doyle spent most of his adult life traveling the world. With degrees from Boston College and Harvard University, he's taught students, mostly in math, in Vienna, London, Stockholm, Egypt, Mexico and Thailand. He speaks 20 languages, though modestly insists "only two or three fairly fluently and only one fluently—English." Yet, upon his return to the States a dozen years ago, he was flummoxed when confronted with the task of securing health insurance.

"I lived overseas for all of my working life, so I never paid enough quarters into the Social Security and Medicare system," explained the 75-year-old retiree who now lives in Braintree. "When I began to look into all the various options, it was overwhelming. Then somebody said to me, 'I know this guy, Ken Moore, at Manet Community Health Center. You should go see him.' So that's what I did."

This was just the beginning of Doyle's longstanding relationship with Manet. He still counts on Moore's help whenever he has questions about his health coverage and he's built an "excellent" relationship with his primary care provider Dr. Rob Shiner and with Cam Diep at the front desk (pictured above with Doyle), who helps arrange any needed follow-up referrals. He even picks up his prescriptions at Eaton Apothecary at Manet's North Quincy site. "All of my medical care and medical expenses are taken care of right in this building," said Doyle during a recent visit.

"My experience with Manet—with Ken, Cam, Dr. Shiner and everyone—over the past 12 years has been very positive and I receive wonderful service. I am seen in a reasonable time and I get a sense of assurance that I am not alone in this. Manet has eased me back into the U.S.—with lots of hand holding—and I am more than satisfied."

Your gift helps patients like Allen live a healthier life.

Manet has been providing local, accessible, friendly, high quality care for thousands of patients for nearly 40 years. Support from individuals like you, who believe that everyone deserves a healthy life, helps our team deliver that care every day.

Please consider making a donation this holiday season. A gift of any size can make a difference. Here's what your gift could do:

  • $25 - provide a child's school vaccines or an adult immunizations
  • $50 - increase capacity for our nutrition education programs
  • $75 - enhance our patient education materials and outreach efforts
  • $100 - help subsidize transportation services for patients
  • $250 - support care management for patients with chronic disease
  • $500 - enhance our medical interpretation and translation services
  • $1,000 - fund facility improvements and new equipment purchases

Care in the Right Place: Colleen and Savannah's Story


Little Savannah will be turning five in December. Besides big, bright eyes and a sparkling smile, one of the things that she and her mother, Colleen Farnsworth, have in common is a lifetime of care at Manet Community Health Center.

Adult nurse practitioner Kathleen Neimann with Colleen

"I've been coming here as long as I can remember," says Colleen, 25, explaining that she’s been a Manet patient since she was a little girl and that she also has several other family members who consider Manet their medical home. Savannah and Colleen receive their care from family medicine physician Dr. Joshua Okallo and adult nurse practitioner Kathleen Neimann (pictured far right with Colleen) at Manet's Snug Harbor site located in the Germantown neighborhood of Quincy.

"I love it here. They're just so nice," she says. "The best part about it is that it is so convenient. I don't drive, but I can just walk right up the road and if I need an appointment on the same day, they are really good about fitting me in." This comes in handy for this young mom of an active preschooler, now sporting few stitches or her forehead from a recent fall.

"Everyone here is friendly and respectful and they keep everything private, which I like," she explains. "I like using the patient portal. You can see everything online and you don’t have to wait. I am glad Manet is here for me and my family."

Donations, no matter how big or small, ensure that patients like Colleen and Savannah have access to care where and when they need it.

Manet has been providing local, accessible, friendly, high quality care for thousands of patients for nearly 40 years. Support from individuals like you, who believe that everyone deserves a healthy life, helps our team deliver that care every day.

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to Manet this holiday season. Thank you!


The Best Care for Patients of All Ages

Earl and Penny Rudkin

Whether your age is 0 or 106, Manet Community Health Center provides the same high quality care that has distinguished us for nearly 40 years -- for everyone in our communities who needs us.

That's what Earl and Penny Rudkin found when they turned to Manet for their primary care. A Manet navigator helped them find a health coverage plan that they could afford and Dr. MaryAnn Dakkak, who specializes in family medicine and obstetrics at Boston Medical Center and Manet, made Penny feel comfortable during her prenatal and postpartum care by speaking to her in Spanish, her native language. Their daughter, Samantha will celebrate her first birthday in March. It “could not have been a better experience,” said her proud father. “As first time parents, they taught us everything we needed to know. With limitless options, we're happy to choose Manet for our care.”

Dorothea Neal recently celebrated her 100th birthday
Dorothea Neal with Dr. Yung

With a few more candles on her cake than little Sammie, Dorothea Neal recently celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends. Soon after, she made a visit to see Dr. Lily Yung, her longtime primary care provider and Manet's chief medical officer. Her strong relationship with Dr. Yung, attentiveness to her health care and commitment to staying active and engaged are all part of the recipe that helps this spry centenarian look and feel much younger than her age. Manet is proud to be Dorothea's choice for local care, too.

Thanks to the kindness and giving spirit of people like YOU, Manet has been providing responsive, patient-centered, accessible, compassionate, high quality care for thousands of patients for nearly 40 years, without interruption. We stand together in our belief that everyone deserves a healthy life, and your support helps our team deliver that care every day. Please consider making a your gift this holiday season. We are abundantly grateful for your consideration and friendship.


Their trusted PCP for 20 years, Manet Gets Top Marks from this Weymouth Family

Their trusted PCP for 20 years, Manet Gets Top Marks from this Weymouth Family

Quality, Consistency, Convenience Keep them Coming Back 

For busy mom Lisa McCrosson, time is a prized commodity and with a full-time job and two active kids, convenience and consistency are top priorities when it comes to her family’s health care. McCrosson and her husband, Charles, have been patients at Manet since 1998 and now her whole family, including 16 year-old Charles and 12 year-old Sara (pictured above with their mom), sees Dr. Rob Shiner, a family medicine physician at Manet’s North Quincy practice site and Chief Quality Officer. The longevity of this clinical relationship give them peace of mind.

“I like Dr. Shiner,” she says. “He’s very smart. He has a good bedside manner and a good disposition with the kids. I mean, nobody really likes to go to the doctor, but when they know they’ll be seeing him, there are no worries.”

She also appreciates that Manet can accommodate her family's schedule with Saturday and evening appointments and loves communicating with her care team via the Manet Patient Portal. “Everybody should use the portal! It’s a great way to communicate,” she says. “We live in Weymouth, so there are other options for us, but you can’t beat the hours and the convenience that Manet offers. I don’t have to take off work, the kids don’t have to miss school, so it’s really great and I like that they know us. For me, that’s very valuable.”

Manet helps thousands of local families like the McCrossons across our region live healthier lives. If you haven't already done so, won't you consider making a donation this holiday season to help us continue our critical mission?

Your donor dollars help to ensure our longevity to provide care for generations, while expanding access and innovating to deliver the highest quality care. A gift of any size will make a difference!


A Light at the End of the Tunnel

Dr. Brandon and Richard
Dr. Bill Brandon and Richard

Richard C. has endured a lot of struggles in his 33 years, starting in childhood with an unstable upbringing in the foster care system and continuing into adulthood with stints of homelessness and an addiction to opiates. Yet, Richard’s story is one of resilience and hope, and with the support of his care team at Manet's practice site in Taunton, he now has a chance at making a better life for himself and his two children.

Richard began using opiates (Percocet) at age 20 following emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix and soon found himself in a decade-long grip of addiction. He'd find doctors who would prescribe for him or buy drugs on the street. Eventually he was arrested for selling pills. Realizing he was in jeopardy of losing his young son and daughter, Richard vowed to change. "I see what I did was wrong and I took responsibility," he says. "My kids come first."

Richard began searching for help and after several attempts at sobriety, he heard about Manet and its medication assisted treatment (MAT) program, which offers closely managed treatment for substance use disorders in a primary care setting. He was pleasantly surprised, saying, “It took me three years to get to a doctor who took me seriously."

Richard now receives regular care from his primary care provider, Bill Brandon, MD, a board certified family medicine physician who also specializes in addiction treatment. He also meets monthly with nurse case manager Stacey DeSousa, RN, as well as Manet’s on-site behavioral health counselors. "At first I was skeptical about Suboxone," he explains. "But now...I can focus."

While things are still far from easy for him, Richard is now able to hope that he can someday celebrate the holidays in his own home with his children. "This place (Manet) helps so much," he says. "Before, everything was super hard, but then I got here and saw there was some light at the end of the tunnel. My life has seriously gotten better."

Please know YOUR gift (of any size) will have impact and will enable us to continue to compassionately care for amazing patients like Richard doing his best each day to live the healthiest, safest life he can for himself, his children and his community.


Jim Sperguiro with Dr. Fitzcharles
Jim Sperguiro with Dr. Nikita Fitzcharles

When someone is doing something well, you should tell them...

Often, it’s the little things that matter the most. That’s what Jim Sperguiro found when he and his wife were looking for a new doctor over a dozen years ago and, at the recommendation of a friend, found themselves at Manet Community Health Center’s Hull practice site.

“My wife and I came in to meet the doctor and staff to see if it would be a good fit for us,” recalls the 69-year-old retired communications industry professional. “It was a couple of days before Halloween and Dr. Sabir was dressed as a witch, which we thought was great, and then we met the rest of the staff and they were wonderful, too. They made us feel comfortable. There was no strain. The waiting time was minimal. They’ve been taking care of us for a long time now and we couldn’t be happier.”

Their contentment was challenged a few years back when the Sperguiros learned their usual provider, Dr. Jennifer Sabir, was moving to Manet’s Houghs Neck site. Their worries were alleviated when they met Dr. Nikita Fitzcharles, who joined Manet’s Hull care team in 2015. “I was really glad to meet Dr. Fitzcharles,” Jim says. “She’s a really good doctor and she has an outstanding bedside manner.”

The Sperguiros happily make the trip from their home in Marshfield to Manet in Hull for their health care needs. When people ask why they make such long ride when there are doctors who are closer to them, Jim responds, “I’ve been to a lot of doctors, but I’ve never had the comfortable feeling I have when I come to Manet. They make you feel like you’re glad you came to the doctors. I believe when someone is doing something well, you should tell them. I owe a lot to Manet and particularly to Dr. Fitzcharles. She never fails to have an answer for me. My blood pressure is under control, my diabetes is under control. I get referred to specialists when I need it. They’ve really got my number!”

With your support and partnership, Manet is able to meet the whole and distinct health care needs of every patient -- across our five locations within three host communities -- with a compassion and responsiveness inspired by our mission to ensure the highest quality, most accessible health care for all without exclusion.

Your gift to our Season of Thanks, Reasons for Giving campaign will truly help to ensure a healthy New Year for our patients and the communities we exist to serve.

Top-Notch Care, Close to Home

At Manet, our goal is to partner with our patients to ensure they receive top-notch primary care and health services close to home in a warm, caring environment - without barriers. Community health centers like Manet play a crucial role in lowering overall health care costs, generating economic opportunities in the communities we serve by providing jobs and training for local people, and most important, improving the health and well-being of our patients.

We're proud to do this important work, but we can't do it alone. We need thoughtful partners like you to join with us.

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift today to help support the Manet mission of providing high-quality, accessible, comprehensive and compassionate health care to all. Your gift, whatever the amount, will help us create healthier tomorrows for patients and families in the communities we serve.

Thank you for your support!

In Their Own Words

Hear what Manet providers, staff and patients have to say about Manet’s unparalleled compassionate care.


Welcome to Manet Community Health Center


Luiz & Elizete


Dr. Shiner & Lea

Lily Yung, MD, and the Manet Adult medicine practice team were presented with The Barbara A. Morris Award for Distinguished Service for their commitment to Manet and the communities it serves. Patient Gwendolyn Franks explains why Dr. Yung and her team earned the honor.

Introducing the MCHF Board Members

Joseph Reardon will serve as the chair of the MCHF Board. Reardon is the immediate past president of Manet’s Board of Directors and is Vice President at Keohane Funeral Homes. His fellow Foundation Board members include: 

Eric Cohen, MD, gastroenterologist and board-certified internal medicine physician with offices in Quincy

Sean Curry, local Quincy businessman, co-owner of Curry Hardware and co-founder of QMC's Marie A. Curry Fund, named for his mother

Patricia “Patty”  Dillane, senior director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and South Shore resident 

Matt Littlefield, member of the Manet Board of Directors, Hull resident and director of business development for Innovative Cost Solutions

Grace McAuliffe, former member of Quincy Medical Center Board of Trustees and the former QMC Estate and Foundation Committee, Quincy resident 

Helen Shiner, a lifelong Quincy resident, broker/owner of The Shiner Group real estate firm and board member of DOVE

Your Year-End Gift Will Make A Healthier New Year for Those in Need

“My situation seemed hopeless and I felt overwhelmed, starting to skip or split my pills and my anxiety and depression had worsened.”

Dear Manet Friend:

What if it was you or a beloved family member? What if you were facing a health problem and didn’t have the resources to pay the bills or the strength to navigate the health care maze or the knowledge to find the supportive services you needed just to stay well? Who would you turn to?

After a heart attack last year, Robert, a resident of Weymouth, needed many expensive medications. Already facing tough times because of other disabilities, he could not afford those medications and did not know where to turn. Lucky for Robert, and many, many more of our neighbors, financial counselors like Sara Tan at Manet Community Health Center can help. She worked with Robert to get the benefits he needed to pay for the medications vital to his recovery.

"I will never forget her kindness and enthusiasm and the relentless caring in pursuit of resolution of my seemingly intractable problems." — Robert, Weymouth, MA

Every year, thousands of residents of the South Shore turn to Manet. In addition to the outstanding medical care provided by our dedicated doctors and nurses, and accessible to anyone regardless of ability to pay, we go far beyond the office visit and work to meet the needs of the whole person.

We know our patients’ health depends on helping them manage many other aspects of their lives like financial assistance, access to healthy food and understanding their providers’ instructions. To meet those needs, we have counselors like Sara, interpreters for patients who do not speak English, access to affordable fruits and vegetables, community health workers and navigators who reach out to underserved residents to get them the health care and social services they need.

But our ability to offer these vital services is only made possible by generous donors like you. Every dollar we spend now for these programs helps keep these patients more healthy and out of the hospital, and thereby reduces health care spending. We would be extraordinarily grateful if you would consider an investment in your community by supporting Manet Community Health Center this holiday season. Because if it were you, wouldn’t you want Manet to be there for you?

With best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season,

Joseph Reardon and Cynthia Sierra

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