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Senator Elizabeth Warren Visits Manet, NQ

On Monday, March 13, Manet had the distinct honor to welcome U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren to our North Quincy practice site for a roundtable discussion and tour about the local impact of and efforts to stem the opioid epidemic and the programs that Manet offers to assist those struggling with substance use disorders.

Senator Warren opened the dialogue by acknowledging that health centers are happy, vital places that provide critical services to communities, and she noted the importance of integrating treatment and prevention for substance use disorders into primary care with access to behavioral health options because, she said, "integrated care increases the chance of success."

The dialogue included state senators John Keenen and Walter Timilty, state representatives Tackey Chan and Bruce Ayers, Mayor Thomas Koch, Manet board members, primary care providers, staff and patients and representatives from community organizations, including Bay State Community Services, South Shore Mental Health, Quincy Police Department, South Shore Health System, the Association for Behavioral Healthcare and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.

Manet CEO Cynthia Sierra set the scene by explaining the important role that community health centers play nationwide, serving 1 in 7 Medicaid beneficiaries, almost 1 in 3 individuals in poverty and 1 in 5 low income and uninsured, and locally with Manet serving nearly 16,000 patients at five sites in Quincy, Hull and Taunton. She also noted the devastating impact of substance use, noting that three to four people die each day in Massachusetts as a result of the opioid crisis.

"As a health center, we recognize a struggle that touches so many of us – and our staff are at the ready," she said.

Most impactful were the stories from patients Seana and Scott, who receive their primary care at Manet and also participate in Manet's Medication Assisted Treatment program. After years of struggling with addiction, they have both been clean for two years and are the parents of a healthy, happy three-month old boy. Seana says that being able to receive treatment as part of her regular primary care is important to them.

In closing, Senator Warren said that the dialogue underscored the fact that the opioid crisis touches real people. "How grateful I am for the work you all do every day," she said, "You make me proud to be from Massachusetts."

For more information on Manet programming for substance use treatment, support and prevention, please call Kim Kroeger 857-403-1575 or Corinne Sieben, RN 857-403-0765.

Read The Patriot Ledger's coverage here.

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Senator Warren mentions Manet and Lynn CHC during remarks on Senate floor 3-15-17

Make those Resolutions Stick! 

It's the start of a new year, and if you've made some New Year's Resolutions you are not alone. According Brain Statistic and Marist Poll, more than 40 percent of Americans make these annual pledges. However, only about  half of those who make resolutions end up sticking with them. So what's the key to making your resolutions stick?

"Choosing to make positive changes in our lives is a good thing -- whether you are committing to losing weight, exercising, quitting smoking, drinking less, sleeping more or just being a better person -- but it is important to set goals that are attainable," says Katie Cooney, ANP-BC. "Patients often come in with lofty plans, but I tell them that it's better to work toward any lifestyle change one step at a time rather than trying to make sweeping changes that will leave you feeling overwhelmed or set you up for failure. By making your resolutions realistic, there is a greater chance that you will keep them throughout the year and incorporate them  into your everyday life." 

Resolutions can be a family affair

"Kids ages 7-12 are at the ideal stage to learn to make resolutions," says Charlette Hines, FNP-BC. "Making resolutions with your children can be a fun opportunity for growth and family bonding, as long as resulotuions are realistic and age appropriate."

It's important for kids to take ownership of their goals, but parents and caregivers can help by going over the positive things the children accomplished in the past then asking what they would like to accomplish or improve to make their life better or happier in the coming year. It's fine to check in periodically to see how they are doing and help them break down goals into easy steps, but don't nag. "The point is to keep it positive."

Cooney and Hines discussed New Year's Resolutions with Quincy Access Television's Joe Catalano on Friday's Currently in Quincy. Watch QATV Channel 8 for the replay or listen to the podcast.

We're Here to Keep You Healthy in 2017

New Year - Fresh Start!

Make your health a priority this year and  let us help! Manet has a wide range of programs and services designed to get and keep you and your family healthy throughout the year. Here are a few ideas to help start your New Year on the right foot:

Get Your Eyes Examined

Regular eye exams are important for people of all ages, from children to seniors, and especially for those with chronic health conditions like diabetes."  It's easier than ever to get your eyes checked at Manet's Vision Center. The Vision Center is located on the first floor at Manet, North Quincy, 110 West Squatnum Street, and it's open to everyone (not only Manet patients). The Vision Center accepts most major  vision plans, including EyeMed, Davis Vision, Opticare, Spectra, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Call 857-403-1550 or 617-376-3000 to make your appointment today!  

Schedule Your Annual Physical

The new year marks a chance to start taking better care of your body and mind, and getting a physical can be a great place to start. 

During a routine health exam, your health care provider can screen for problems and diseases, like cervical cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, high blood pressure or diabetes before they start or become problematic.  

A physical exam is a good time to discuss with your provider your lifestyle choices that may impact your health.  For adults this may include smoking, drinking, exercise habits or stress management techniques.  For children, this includes all of the home, school and social risk factors that may impact the health and development of the child.  

"It's our job to work hand-in-hand with patients to help them take charge of their physical and mental well-being,” says Lily Yung, MD, Manet's Chief Medical Officer." We want patients to feel empowered to ask us questions and w e are happy to clarify any misconceptions patients may have. That's why it is important for patients to find a provider with whom they are comfortable and have a good rapport. A good, trusting patient/provider relationship will ultimately benefit the patient's health.” 

Dr. Yung recommends that all children and adults get a physical at least once a year. However, some people may have to visit the doctor more frequently based on their different risk factors or disease processes.

Manet's experienced and caring primary care providers are accepting new pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. To make an appointment, call 617-376-3000.

Dr. Okallo to Give Keynote at MLK Breakfast

Manet family medicine physician Joshua Okallo, MD, will be the keynote speaker for the Germantown Neighborhood Center/South Shore YMCA celebration breakfast to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King. Dr. Okallo will share some of his own experiences and messages of inspiration at the family-friendly event on Monday, January 16 at 9 a.m. For more information, contact the Germantown Neighborhood Center.

More Providers to Serve Patients at Manet, Taunton

There will be some new faces at Manet's practice site in Taunton starting this month. Gregory Smith, MD, and Charlette Hines, FNP-BC, will begin seeing patients two days a week at Manet, Taunton, and Jessica Chen, MD, will see patients one day a week. Soon to come -- Bill Brandon, MD, will join them to round out the Taunton team, which also includes Christine Basile, FNP-C. Stay tuned for more!

It's Open Enrollment Time and Manet is Here to Help!

We'll Get You Covered!

Open Enrollment is now under way and runs through Jan. 31, 2017. During this period, those without insurance can apply for coverage and current Health Connector members can make changes to their coverage.

Manet's certified Navigators are available to assist individuals and families find plans that are right for them. In addition to helping patient's at Manet, our Navigators will be at open enrollment events in partnership with commuity organizations throughout our service area. To make an appointment with a Manet Navigator or to find out more about our open enrollment events, call 857-403-1557.

Manet Welcomes New Practice Manager

Kevin Silva, Manet

Manet is pleased to welcome Kevin Silva, who has (re)joined the team to serve as Practice Manager for Manet's five sites in Quincy, Hull and Taunton. Kevin will work closely with all members of the practice team to help ensure an outstanding patient experience for all Manet patients.

Some of you may recognize Kevin from his days as part of the Manet Development team. Most recently, he was Manager of Operations for five Health Express locations. He also serves as a firefighter/paramedic for theTown of Cohasset.

Contact Kevin at ksilva@manetchc.org.

Snug Harbor Gets a Facelift

Snug Harbor Gets a Facelift

Sign of the Tide!

Thanks to the Quincy Housing Authority for the beautiful new sign at our Snug Harbor site! The sign, dedicated in memory of longtime QHA staffer Deborah J. Williamson, looks even nicer alongside the wonderful art display by Carolina Aragón on loan from the artist to the QHA. "High Tide" is an abstracted marsh landscape inspired by a marsh during high tide when the grasses are flooded by water and speaks of the region's changing shoreline. A Community Development Block Grant from the City of Quincy funded the new sign, as well as other improvements, inlcuding installation of new floors, removal of window grates and improved access for the disabled at the Snug Harbor site, which are currently under way.

Donations Help to Spread Warmth and Cheer

As the cold weather was approaching, Manet pediatrician Charles Bell, MD worried that some of his patients wouldn't have winter coats to keep them warm, so he organized a coat drive, mobilizing Manet staff to donate new and gently used children's coats to be distributed to children and families in need. The drive netted a closet full of children's coats in sizes from toddler to young adult. Information is available at the front desks of our Quincy sites.

Manet coat drive

Manet also received a slew of colorful and cozy handmade hats, scarves, mittens and gloves in an assortment of sizes and styles for our patients and families. The beautiful cold weather accessories were made by volunteers and donated through the joint program of Caps for Kids from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital, in collaboration with Dana-Farber's Mammography Van.

Manet cold weather accessories

Thanks to Barnes & Noble in Braintree for donating hundreds of childrens books to our Manet sites as part of the Reach Out and Read program. Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based program that incorporates books into pediatric care and encourages families to read aloud together. Each child receives a book at their yearly exam.

Manet Reach Out and Read

Meet Our Newest Manet Providers!

Shiun-ru Jessica Chen

Dr. Chen specializes in Internal Medicine and will see adult patients at our sites in Taunton and North Quincy.

Dr. Chen earned her medical degree at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, Tennessee, and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center.

Dr. Chen has a special interest in helping patients with anxiety and depression. “I find it very rewarding to help patients who are struggling with these issues,” she says. “It takes patience, good listening skills and empathy, but it is very rewarding to be able to help patients see things from a different perspective.”

Dr. Chen speaks fluent Mandarin and is proficient in French.

To make an appointment with Dr. Chen, call Manet, Taunton,1 Washington St., at
508-822-5500 or Manet, North Quincy,, 110 West Squantum Street, at 617-376-3000.

Shiun-ru Jessica Chen

Tanya Bibby, PA-C

Tanya Bibby, PA-C is a certified physician assistant and will sees family medicine patients of all ages at Manet’s practice site in Hull.

A native of Hingham and current resident of Hull, Bibby earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant studies at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York, where she received a Graduate Scholar Award. She completed her clinical rotations at hospitals in and around New York City. She received her Bachelor Science in Exercise and Health Science from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Bibby is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants. She also is certified by the American Heart Association in Advanced Cardiac Life support and Pediatric Advance Life Support and she is an ACSM Certified Personal trainer.

To make an appointment at Manet, Hull, 180 George Washington Boulevard,
call 781-925-4550.

Tanya Bibby, PA-C

Charlette Hines, FNP-BC

Charlette Hines, FNP-BC is a certified family nurse practitioner and she will see patients of all ages at Manet’s practice sites in Taunton and Houghs Neck.

Hines has a strong background in community health, working as a project coordinator for the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a health educator at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute on a number of community-based research programs. Her work there brought her to community health centers and sparked her interest in nursing.

“I love working with community-based populations,” she said, “and I saw how the community health center providers have a real stake in improving their patients’ health and improving the health of the community. I have a strong interest in finding ways to mitigate health disparities and working with underserved populations, helping them develop healthy strategies through education.”

Hines earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Nursing at Regis College. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Neuroscience from Williams College. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

To make an appointment with Hines, call Manet, Taunton, 1 Washington Street, at 508-822-5500 or Manet, Houghs Neck, 1193 Sea Street, Quincy, at 617-471-8683.

Jeanne Hopkins, OD

Kathleen Cooney, RN, MSN, AGCPNP-BC, joins Manet, Snug Harbor.

Manet Community Health Center is pleased to welcome Kathleen Cooney, RN, MSN, AGCPNP-BC to our primary care provider team in Snug Harbor!

A certified Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Kathleen earned her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Connecticut.

She has experience as a registered nurse in a variety of inpatient hospital settings and sees the switch to a community health center as "a great opportunity to learn a lot and help people who need it the most." To schedule an appointment with Kathleen, call 617-471-4715.

Kathleen Cooney, RN, MSN, AGCPNP-BC

Kathleen McDevitt, FNP, joins Manet, North Quincy.

Kathleen McDevitt is a certified family nurse practitioner and sees patients of all ages at Manet’s North Quincy site. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Boston Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Program and she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Simmons College in Boston.

Kathleen is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Her clinical interests are Family Medicine and Adolescent Health.

Kathleen McDevitt

Charles Bell, MD, pediatrics specialist, joins Manet, Hull and North Quincy.

Charles Bell, MD, joined the Manet team in February 2016. Dr. Bell specializes in pediatrics and sees patients from newborn to age 23 at Manet’s Hull and North Quincy sites.

Dr. Bell earned his medical degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at George W. Hubbard Hospital, also in Nashville. He was the recipient of a four-year National Health Service Corps scholarship and has experience working with diverse populations. He has a special interest in adolescent medicine, obesity in children and screening for teen depression.

Margaret Brown

Gregory Smith, MD, joins Manet, Hull.

Dr. Smith specializes in internal medicine and has been practicing on the South Shore since 1987. He earned his Medical Degree at the University of Rome in Rome, Italy and completed his internship and residency at St. Michael's Medical Center in New Jersey. Active in his community, Dr. Smith plays ice hockey with the South Coastal Men's Hockey League and is a member of Friends of Hanover Music, which supports music education in the Hanover school system. His personal interests include international travel, history, science and technology. He speaks fluent Italian and understands Spanish and Danish.

He is accepting new adult patients in Hull. To book an appointment, call 781-925-4550.

Jennifer Denton, MD, MPH

Jennifer Sabir, MD Now Seeing Patients at Houghs Neck and Snug Harbor

Jennifer Sabir, MD, has relocated from Manet, Hull and is now seeing patients at Manet's Houghs Neck and Snug Harbor practice sites in Quincy, where she began her career at Manet in 2005. Dr. Sabir specializes in Family Medicine and sees patients of all ages. To make an appointment, call 617-471-8683 or 617-471-4715.

Jennifer Sabir

Workshops Offered by the Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative

Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative  

The Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative offers a variety of free wellness programs for residents of Quincy and Weymouth—focusing on hypertension, falls in the elderly, tobacco use and substance abuse. These programs are conducted by trained experts and are held in a multitude of clinical and community settings in Quincy and Weymouth.

Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund, these programs are conducted by trained experts in clinical and community settings in Quincy and Weymouth. And now you have more ways to stay connected and find out about these great programs! Visit our new website, www.QuincyWeymouthWellness.org, and our Facebook page www.facebook.com/QuincyWeymouthWellness.

Ready to Quit Smoking?

Manet Offers New Tobacco Cessation Services

Counseling and nicotine replacement therapy can double your odds of success at quitting smoking. Meet with our Wellness/Tobacco Counselor, Jennifer Turpel, to get started. Appointments are available for registered Manet patients at these locations and times:

We're launching a new Tobacco Cessation Support Group at Manet North Quincy in January 2015. Watch for details here and on Manet's Facebook page.

Manet Community Health Center names Tom Larsen
Chief Operating Officer

QUINCY, MA (November 1, 2016) – Manet Community Health Center today announced that it has hired Tom Larsen, of Franklin, MA, as Chief Operating Officer. Larsen will oversee operations for Manet’s five practice locations in Quincy, Hull and Taunton.

Larsen comes to Manet after serving in central positions at health care organizations in Massachusetts and Florida, including Hallmark Health System, CharterCARE Health Partners, Baptist Health South Florida, Children’s Hospital Boston and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He became familiar with Manet during his tenure as Executive Director of Operations at Quincy Medical Center, where he immersed himself in the health care needs of the South Shore community and developed a deep regard and affection for Manet’s federally qualified health center mission.

“Tom is a strategic thinker, a dedicated practice developer, and a team builder,” says Cynthia Sierra, Manet’s Chief Executive Officer. “He has demonstrated a keen ability to nurture collaborative relationships to better lead and reinforce high-performing operations. We are so pleased that Tom will bring this experience, vision and passion to his new role as Manet COO.”

With experience in settings that include multi-site ambulatory clinics, large academic medical centers and community hospitals, Larsen has successfully planned, evaluated and managed daily operations in primary care, pediatrics and behavioral health, as well as specialty, laboratory, rehabilitation and imaging services. He has helped increase patient/family satisfaction to over 90% in multiple locations and he has designed and implemented programs for provider retention and mentorship of emerging leaders.

Larsen earned a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration at Suffolk University Sawyer School of Management and his undergraduate degree from the University of Tampa.

Nice work team!

Thanks to the diligent work of our Performance Improvement and Clinical Leadership teams, Manet received HRSA Health Center Quality Improvement Grant Awards totaling $132,695. Manet ranked in the highest 25% of the nation’s health centers in 9 of 15 measures.

Read more at HHS.gov

We love our veterans!

Quincy's outpatient clinic for military veterans will remain at its current North Quincy location for six more months, and perhaps even longer.

By Patrick Ronan
The Patriot Ledger

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Manet in the Community

Posted September 2016

Manet will be at the following local events. We hope to see you there!

  • Saturday, September 17 - Endless Summer Waterfront Festival in Hull
  • Friday, September 23 - Quincy Farmers Market
  • Saturday, October 1 - Great Pumpkin Give-A-Wey, at the town hall, Libby Field and the Ralph Talbot Amphitheater, noon to 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 18 - Flu Clinic, Taunton Council on Aging, 9:00 to 11:00 am
  • Friday, October 21 - Flu Clinic, Germantown Neighborhood Center, 8:30 to 11:00 am

Thanks for Celebrating Health Center Week With Us!

Posted September 2016

Hundreds of local patients, residents and community partners joined us and health centers across the country as we celebrated National Health Center Week, August 7-13. Participants enjoyed healthy activities that included a “pop-up” fresh fruit and veggie market, blood pressure and blood glucose screenings, pediatric dental screening, skin screening, plus snacks, prizes and helpful information at free events at each of our sites in Quincy and Taunton and at Nantasket Beach in Hull.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Premier Sponsors:
Eaton Apothecary and Senior Whole Health

Community Partner Sponsors:
Carney Hospital, BMC HealthNet Plan, and HealthMart Pharmacy - Nantasket Pharmacy

Good Neighbor Sponsors:
Morton Hospital

In Kind Sponsors:
Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation, City of Quincy Election Department, Fresh Truck
Protecting All Smiles, Quincy WIC, South Shore Home Care, and Taunton/Attleboro WIC

See more photos on FaceBook.

Manet Hosts Community Forum on Substance Use Disorders
Wednesday, October 5 - 6-8 PM

Posted September 2016

A community forum for families, friends, and neighbors to learn about the substance use disorder treatment system, local resources and where to go for help. Resource tables, panel discussion, and Q & A's. For more information call 857-403-1575 or email kkroeger@manetchc.org.

Thanks for Making Our Spring Celebration & Auction a Success! There's Still Time to Donate!

Click here to see Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Video Greeting.

If you were unable to join us, but would like to make a donation, it's not too late! Donate now.

See photos of the event here!

Thank you Sponsors!

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Manet, Taunton Celebrates Expansion

Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, State Senator Marc Pacheco, State Representative Pat Haddad, Mayor Thomas Hoye and James Hunt of the Mass. League of Community Health Centers joined Manet Community Health Center's Board President Joseph Reardon and CEO Cynthia Sierra in cutting the ribbon on the health center's newly expanded practice site in Taunton. The site at 1 Washington Street was filled to capacity on Thursday, July 21 with community partners and supporters who welcome Manet's expansion and the increased access to care it brings to the community.

"The impact this has for this community is extraordinary," said Congressman Kennedy. "I want to say thank you for what you do. You remind us that what comes after the name "Manet" is "Community." You make sure that we are doing what we can to ensure that people in need have access to high quality health care and you can help us make good on the promise that health care is a right for everyone not just a few."

Senator Marc Pacheco echoed the sentiment, saying, "This is an amazing day for our community. This is going to make a difference for thousands of families in Southeastern Massachusetts."

Before introducing Congressman Kennedy, James Hunt, President and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers stressed the importance of community health centers, noting that the health center movement started in Massachusetts in 1965 and proliferated across the nation thanks in large part to the staunch support of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. "Today, in Massachusetts, 50 community health center organizations provide high quality health care to over 951,000 state residents - and with Manet's expansion, it will be a million very soon," quipped Hunt.

The ribbon cutting revealed the addition of three new exam rooms and forecast the intent of further expansion at the Taunton site by March 2017. During the program, Sierra introduced the Manet, Taunton staff, including a new provider, Dr. John Ewald, who begins working at the site this month.

The Manet site in Taunton opened in 2014 with the support of a US Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, US Health Center Program, Affordable Care Act grant. Manet selected Taunton as the location for the center based on the unmet health needs in in the communities of Taunton, Raynham, Attleboro, Norton, Berkley, and Middleboro.

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Summer is the Time to Schedule Back-To-School Check-Ups!

Margaret Brown

Dr. Charles Bell is an experienced pediatrician with a special interest in childhood obesity, teen depression and adolescent medicine. He sees patients from newborn to age 23 at our North Quincy and Hull practice sites. To request an appointment, call 617-376-3000.

Summer is a great time to check in with your health care provider to discuss what screenings and exams you need and when you need them and to schedule back-to-school check-ups.

Manet pediatrician Dr. Charles Bell says now is the time to get health checks and physicals out of the way before the back-to-school rush and the new school year starts. Dr. Bell suggests parents and caregivers schedule the following check-ups:

  • Routine well child exam, if the child has not had one within the past 6 months, with a thorough review of a child's immunization record and appropriate administration of deficient vaccine doses, as needed
  • Pre-sports and camp physical exams
  • Adolescent work or pre-employment physical exams
  • College admission physical exams and immunizations
  • Routine dental exam, if one has not been performed within the past 6 months
  • Vision and hearing screenings

Additionally, summer is a good time for parents and caregivers to review safety tips -- including bike safety and water safety -- with children, he said.

Need a Back-to School Physical or Eye Exam?

Now is the time to schedule back-to-school and sports physicals and eye exams! Our family medicine and pediatric providers and Vision Center will get you school-ready in a snap! Call Manet at 617-376-3000 to schedule your appointment today!

Community Narcan Training

The Manet Prevention Team will conduct a Narcan Training at Braintree Town Hall, 1 John F. Kennedy Memorial Drive, June 29, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Read The Patriot Ledger’s coverage

Freedom from Smoking Class

Are you ready to quit smoking for good? The Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative can help. The next free session starts June 29 - August 17, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Bay State Community Services in Quincy. Visit www.QuincyWeymouthWellness.org to find out more.

Mammography Van

The Dana Farber Mammography Van will be at Manet’s Snug Harbor site, 9 Bicknell Street, Quincy, June 30, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 617-376-3000 to make an appointment or if you have questions call 617-690-6353.

Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative at the State House

Posted June 28, 2016

On June 14, The Massachusetts Legislature's Joint Committee on Public Health held an informational session on the Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) to educate and update the committee members on the current work and progress of PWTF, which is entering its final year of funding.

The Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative -- a coalition funded by the PWTF and including Manet Community Health Center, South Shore Hospital, Granite Medical Group, the City of Quincy, Town of Weymouth, Bay State Community Services, Enhancing Asian Community on Health (EACH), South Shore Elder Services, South Shore Workforce Investment Board and South Shore YMCA -- was invited to testify at the hearing about their local work. Together, the partnership has launched a variety of no-cost, evidence-based interventions and health education programs for Quincy and Weymouth residents that address the priority areas of diabetes, hypertension, falls prevention among older adults, tobacco, and substance abuse. (Find out more at: www.QuincyWeymouthWellness.org)

Quincy/Weymouth panel members included Cynthia Sierra, CEO of Manet Community Health Center, Karen Peterson, Director of Healthy Living for the South Shore YMCA, Sara Tan, Executive Director of EACH, and a PWTF community participant who has benefitted from the programs. Monica Bharel, Public Health Commissioner; Jim Hunt, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers; Peter Doliber, Alliance of Massachusetts YMCA; and Stephanie Lemon, UMass Medical School and chair of PWTF Evaluation Committee also testified.

Above left: Manet's CEO Cynthia Sierra testifying before the Joint Committee on Public Health about the success of PWTF grant funded wellness programs. With her are fellow Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative partners Sara Tan (left) and Karen Peterson and program participant Siu Yim Ma.

Above right: Following the hearing, the Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative team met with Rep. Tackey Chan and other legislators to update them on current PWTF work and program success. Pictured from left to right are: Manet CEO Cynthia Sierra, PWTF Program Director Janice Sullivan, SSYMCA Wellness Specialist Katelyn Szafir, Rep. Tackey Chan, SSYMCA Wellness Director Karen Peterson, program participant Siu Yim Ma, and Jennifer Anastasiades, South Shore Hospital.

Teaming Up to Fight Colorectal Cancer!

Posted June 28, 2016

The facts are clear: colorectal cancer screening has been proven to save lives.

Manet Community Health Center has made the pledge to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates by supporting the 80% by 2018 initiative, led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (an organization co-founded by ACS and CDC). 80% by 2018 is a shared goal to have 80 percent of adults aged 50 and older regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.

In March 2016, the health center concluded a two-year project funded by the American Cancer Society designed to increase colorectal cancer screening rates among Manet patients. The project successfully surpassed goals and increased colorectal cancer screening by 20 percent over the two-year project period, a crucial step toward reducing the impact of colorectal cancer in the community.

Signing the 80% by 2018 pledge will continue this momentum for Manet's patients and the many South Shore communities served by the health center. "The ACS grant enabled us to screen 1,605 patients during the two-year project period," explains Ayotomide Oyelakin, MBBS, MPH, CPHQ, Senior Director, Performance Improvement. "Currently, Manet has 5,700 patients over the age of 50 and only about half of them have been screened for colorectal cancer. By making the pledge, we are committing to engage the remaining population to ensure they get screened."

While colorectal cancer incidence rates have dropped 30 percent in the U.S. over the last 10 years among adults 50 and older, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. despite being highly preventable, detectable and treatable. In fact, in 2015 132,700 cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed in the U.S.

Part of the 80% by 2018 goal is to leverage the energy of multiple and diverse partners to empower communities, patients, providers to increase screening rates. The 80% by 2018 initiative consists of health care providers, health systems, communities, businesses, community health centers, government, non-profit organizations and patient advocacy groups who are committed to getting more people screened for colorectal cancer to prevent more cancers and save lives.

"We are thrilled to join the cause to improve colorectal cancer screening rates," said Cynthia Sierra, Manet's Chief Executive Officer. "We are asking all members of our community to come together and help us by getting screened and talking to your friends and family who are over 50 years of age about getting screened. Together, we can help to eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health problem."

For more information or to make an appointment with a Manet provider, call 617-376-3000. To find additional information and resources call 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

Pictured (from left to right) are: Lynn Basilio, Sr. Director for Primary Care, ACS, Korey Antonelli, MPH, Health Systems Manager, Primary Care, ACS, Cynthia Sierra, Chief Executive Officer, Manet CHC, Lily Yung, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Manet CHC, Ayotomide Oyelakin, Senior Director, Performance Improvement, Manet CHC, and Neil Maniar, Vice President, Health Systems, ACS.

Thank you Spring Celebration and Auction Sponsors

Get your fresh fruits and veggies at Manet!
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fresh Truck’s Pop-Up Food Market is coming to Manet Community Health Center this month, making it easier than ever for our patients and their families to get fresh produce. Thanks to our Community Partner BMC HealthNet Plan!

Fresh Truck’s Food Market offers more than 20 different kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables. Stop by early. Don’t miss out!

Manet, Snug Harbor
9 Bicknell Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Location: Manet, North Quincy
110 West Squantum Street
North Quincy, MA 02171
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Thanks for Making Our Spring Celebration & Auction a Success!

Posted May 13, 2016

Manet’s community partners and supporters showed up en masse for our Spring Celebration & Auction at Granite Links Golf Club on May 12. Their support helps Manet continue to deliver its outstanding primary care and critically needed social services to thousands of individuals and families in our communities. In case you missed Sen. Elizabeth Warren's video greeting, check it out here.

See photos of the event here!

If you were unable to join us, but would like to make a donation, it's not too late! Donate now. Thank you!

Thank you Sponsors!

Congratulations Auction and Raffle winners!

Save the Date!
Spring is on the way and so is our Auction!

Posted February 25, 2016

May 12, 2016
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Granite Links Golf Club, Quincy

Become a Sponsor

Thanks to our Event Sponsor!

We're excited to once again have Steward Health Care System, including our afffiliated community hospitals Carney Hospital and Morton Hospital, as the Event Sponsor for this year's event. Please consider joining them! Sponsorship opportunities are available and auction items are needed.
Find out more.

Manet Names Lily Yung, MD Chief Medical Officer

Posted April 29, 2016

Manet Community Health Center has appointed Lily Yung, MD, as its Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Yung joined the staff at Manet in 2000 and has been serving in the role of Interim Chief Medical Officer for the past six months.

"Dr. Yung assumes this role at a time of marked change in the health care environment locally and nationally. Her understanding of the marketplace and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead will help position Manet well for the future," says Cynthia Sierra, Manet's Chief Executive Officer. "She follows in the footsteps of excellence in medical leadership at Manet, and I am confident that she will make her own distinguished mark as she works alongside each of us to ensure the highest standard of care and service."

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Yung helps to ensure consistency and continuity of care across Manet's five practice sites in Quincy, Hull and Taunton, and oversees the professional development of the medical staff. She will also continue to see patients at Manet's North Quincy practice site.

Dr. Yung is board-certified in internal medicine and was Manet's first internal medicine physician. As CMO, she is committed to incorporating Manet's historic Family Medicine message with its growing Pediatric and Adult Medicine specialties.

"I am honored to serve as Chief Medical Officer of Manet, a health center with a remarkable and rich history and an even more promising future. With an extraordinary team of primary care providers and health and wellness professionals, I look forward to enhancing quality, expanding access to care, improving the patient experience and promoting Manet in the community," said Dr. Yung.

Dr. Yung earned her Medical Degree at Boston University School of Medicine, where she received the Henry J. Bakst Award in Community Medicine. She is a clinical instructor at Boston Medical Center. She speaks fluent Cantonese.

Read about it in The Patriot Ledger

Kathy Sullivan to Receive Distinguished Service Award

Posted April 29, 2016

The Manet Community Health Center Board of Directors will present the Barbara A. Morris Award for Distinguished Service to one of its founding employees, Kathleen Sullivan at the health center's Spring Celebration & Auction on Thursday, May 12 at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy.

This award, named for Manet Board member Barbara A. Morris, of Quincy, honors an individual(s) who has demonstrated great personal and professional commitment to Manet Community Health Center and the community, and who has had a profound influence on Manet's direction and progress. Joseph M. Reardon, President of the Manet Board, and Cynthia Sierra, Chief Executive Officer, will present the award to Sullivan, who has been on staff at Manet since its inception in 1979.

"No one board member or volunteer has given more in service to Manet's mission and to its patients than Barbara Morris," explains Reardon. "Similarly, no one employee has given more of herself to Manet than Kathy Sullivan. This award is a testament to her extraordinary commitment not just to Manet but to the people of Manet - fellow employees and patients alike."

"Kathy is a staff favorite, always providing a gentle ear, reassurance and assistance, but where she shines brightest is in her care and concerns for our patients," says Sierra. "Kathy exemplifies the highest standards of service. Her career has been dedicated to the foundation, sustenance and growth of Manet. It is truly on Kathy's shoulders we stand."

This is the fourth consecutive year the Barbara A. Morris Award will be presented to an employee or an employee group. Past recipients include Andree Caldwell, 2013; Cynthia Sierra, 2014; and Dr. Lily Yung and her practice team of Karla Talledo, MD, Vikram Butani, MD, Tamar Siracusa, MSN, ANP-BC, WHNP-BC, Jenny Ou, RN, Celeste Le, RN, Hue Cam Diep, Laura Segalla, RN, Jennifer Hanlon, Xingci He, and Sugeily Figueroa, 2015. The award is presented during Manet's Annual Spring Celebration & Auction on May 12 at Granite Links Golf Club. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the event, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., are still available. Register here.

Manet Names Cynthia H. Sierra as New CEO

The Board of Directors of Manet Community Health Center has appointed Cynthia H. Sierra as its Chief Executive Officer. Sierra, who as been serving as Acting CEO since July, will assume the position immediately.

Sierra's appointment comes at time when Manet continues to expand its primary care, pharmacy, vision, health and wellness, patient navigation, and other services from its five locations in Quincy, Hull, and Taunton.

"This is a watershed moment for Manet, our patients and our community," said Joseph M. Reardon, President of the Manet Board of Directors. "No one knows more about our organization, our mission, our communities, or our patients than Cynthia Sierra. As we begin to implement our recently approved strategic plan, we are elevating a proven leader who is the right person, at the right time, and in the right position to shepherd Manet's growth."

Sierra, an Abington resident who has served as a member of Manet's senior leadership team since 2008, brings experience in health care, mental health, neuropsychology, and social services administration to the CEO position. During her years with the organization, she has played pivotal roles in stimulating growth and improvement in facilities, service expansion, planning, philanthropy, and collaborative relationships.

"This is an exciting and transformative time for Manet, community health centers, and primary care," said Sierra. "We have a top-notch and vital team of providers and staff. With our patients and our community partners as our guides, we will fortify and expand our existing program of service and move forward together with a fresh strategic plan that prioritizes the patient and community experience, organizational quality, and excellence and innovation at the center of all we do."

Manet Community Health Center Board Elects 2016 Officers

Posted February 25, 2016


Reardon


Greenwood


Galuzzo


Griffin

The Manet Community Health Center Board of Directors elected officers at its recent annual meeting, once again tapping Joseph M. Reardon to serve as President.

Reardon, Vice President of Community Development and Advance Planning at Keohane Funeral Home, has been a member of the health center's community-based board since 2007. A resident of Milton, Reardon brings extensive experience in strategic planning, philanthropy, advocacy, and communications to the role of President

"I am honored to serve as President of the Manet Board at this moment in our history," Reardon said. "Manet has come a long way since its founding 37 years ago yet we are poised to carry our mission further through the execution of a new strategic plan. My colleagues and I look forward to working together toward ensuring that Manet continues to provide exceptional primary care and services to the communities we serve. "

Reardon will work with a newly elected Vice President, Eva Greenwood, also of Milton. She brings more than 20 years as a senior health care executive in hospital and managed care settings to her position on the board, where she has served for two years. Currently, she is Vice Chair of Finance and Administration at Department of Medicine, Boston University.

The other returning officers are Secretary John Galluzzo and Treasurer Robert J. Griffin. Galluzzo, a Manet patient from Hanover, is senior grant writer with the South Shore YMCA and author of several local histories. Griffin, a Quincy resident, is a partner in the law firm of Krokidas & Bluestein. All officers will serve until 2017.

Remaining members of the board include Christopher Cogdill, Henry L. Rittal, Linda Kelly, Ivan Wong, Barbara Morris, Jedehiah "JD" Brenke, and Zachary Eaton, all of Quincy; John Brothers of Braintree; Carol V. Garner, MD, of WestRoxbury; and Vinicius Trivelli of Weymouth.

"It is truly an honor to work with this strong and dedicated table of board members who individually and collectively demonstrate sound and steady leadership during times of transition and accomplishment at Manet, " said Manet CEO Cynthia H. Sierra. "It is especially gratifying knowing that, with almost 60% of board membership composed of Manet patients, their work is truly about ensuring the best possible care for our patients."

Read all about in The Patriot Ledger!

Open Enrollment

Posted November 2015

The open enrollment period for 2016 coverage through the Massachusetts Health Connector is November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Open enrollment for Medicare is now through December 15, 2015.

If you have questions or need assistance signing up for health insurance or switchin palns, Manet's Certified Navigation Team can help. Our multilingual Navigators speak English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole, and we have SHINE counselors to assist elders. To make an appointment, call 617-376-3000.

In addition, Manet's Navigation Team will be on-site at the following community locations this season to assist people with health insurance enrollment:

Nov. 16 - Randolph Board of Health
Nov. 17 - Quincy College
Nov. 25 - Quincy Housing Authority
Dec. 8 - Thomas Crane Public Library
Dec. 15 - Germantown Neighborhood Ctr.

For more information, call the Manet Navigation Hotline at 857-403-1557 or email healthinsurancehelp@manetchc.org.

Meet our Newest Manet Taunton Provider!

Manet Community Health Center is pleased to welcome Christine Basile, MSN, APRN, FNP-C to our Family Medicine team in Taunton! Christine is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with pediatric, adolescent and adult nursing experience. She is a graduate of the Regis College Accelerated Nursing Program.

A member of the greater Taunton community, she comes to Manet with established relationships and knowledge of the Taunton/Attelboro community. Christine will see patients of all ages at Manet's Taunton practice site at One Washington Street, Mill River Place. For an appointment, call 508-822-5500.

Lily Yung, MD, to Serve as Interim Chief Medical Officer

Lily Yung, MD, has been named Interim Chief Medical Officer at Manet Community Health Center.

"Dr. Yung is highly respected by her fellow providers and the entire Manet staff, and she is truly beloved by her patients," says Cynthia Sierra, Manet's Acting Chief Executive Officer. "The Manet Board of Directors and Senior Management team are thrilled that she has accepted this new role. She has our utmost confidence and support."

Dr. Yung assumes the post formerly held by Jennifer Sabir, MD, who will be relocating to the West Coast at the end of the year.

"While we most certainly will miss Dr. Sabir, who has been an exceptional physician leader and a superlative care giver to her patients, we are extremely fortunate to have the bench depth that enables us fill the Chief Medical Officer position with a physician of Dr. Yung's caliber," says Sierra.

Dr. Yung joined the Manet medical staff in July of 2000. She is the Physician Lead for Adult Medicine at Manet's North Quincy practice site and serves as clinical champion for the development and implementation of the health center's electronic health record system. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Yung helps to ensure consistency and continuity of care across Manet's five practice sites, along with overseeing the professional development of the medical staff. She will continue to see patients in addition to her new role.

Dr. Yung is board-certified in Internal Medicine. She earned her Medical Degree at Boston University School of Medicine, where she received the Henry J. Bakst Award in Community Medicine. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Medical Sciences from Boston University. Dr. Yung also serves as a clinical instructor at Boston Medical Center. She speaks fluent Cantonese.

Manet has been actively recruiting for providers for Manet's Hull practice site, where Dr. Sabir serves as Physician Lead. One physician Nikita Fitzcharles, MD, joined the practice last month and another is expected by the end of the year.

Qiu Ci Li, PA-C joins Manet

Qiu Ci Li, PA-C joins Manet's Family Medicine team and will see patients of all ages at our North Quincy and Houghs Neck practice sites.

Qiu Ci is a certified physician assistant, who earned her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in Boston. She is fluent in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Toisanese. To schedule an appointment, call 617-376-3000.

Manet Welcomes Nikita Fitzcharles, MD

Adult Medicine Physician Joins Manet at Hull and North Quincy Practice Sites

Manet Community Health Center is pleased to welcome our newest primary care provider, Nikita Fitzcharles, MD. Dr. Fitzcharles specializes in internal medicine and will see patients primarily at Manet's Hull practice site, but also in North Quincy.

Dr. Fitzcharles earned her medical degree at State University of New York, Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York, and completed her internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Saint Luke's Roosevelt Hospital also in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science from the City University of New York, The City College, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, where she received the Leonard Davis Community Service Fellowship.

A resident of Hull, Dr. Fitzcharles is accepting new patients, age 18 and older, at Manet's Hull office at 180 George Washington Boulevard. Call 781-925-4550 to make an appointment.

Nikita Fitzcharles, MD

Manet Diabetes and Nutrition Resources

Manet's Nutrition Services program offers nutrition support for many chronic health conditions, including diabetes. For more information about Manet's Nutrition Services, call 857-403-0799.

In addition to Medical Nutrition Therapy, Manet also offers a diabetes self-management education program that is recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). This program provides patients with the most up-to-date information about diabetes management. For more information about this program, or other patient education offerings please contact patiented@manetchc.org.

For healthy recipe ideas,

November is American Diabetes Month

Are you at risk? Simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference.

Chances are, you know someone who has diabetes or will have it. Twenty-nine million Americans have diabetes and another 86 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease.

If that's not scary enough, a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that, if current trends continue, by 2050 one in three US adults will have type 2 diabetes. In Massachusetts alone, between 1990 and 2008, the overall frequency of type 2 diabetes nearly doubled, with the number of diabetics in the state jumping from 183,000 to 388,000.

The good news is -- despite these alarming statistics -- diabetes can be preventable. Read more...

Click here for a snapshot of diabetes in America

Know your status! World AIDS Day at Manet

Meals on Wheels—A Lifeline for Seniors

Do you know someone who could benefit this holiday season?

Meal preparation is something most of us do every day without much thought or effort, but for some seniors it can be a difficult or impossible chore, particularly for those who are recovering from surgery or illness or who can't get to the market on a regular basis.

Manet Community Health Center, in partnership with South Shore Elder Services, offers a vital Meals on Wheels and catered lunch program to help support seniors in need.

"Our home delivered meals are designed to provide just the right combination of good nutrition and a friendly visit for people aged 60 or older or with disabilities who may be homebound and need extra help with meals," explains Denise Desmond, site manager for Manet's Meals on Wheels program.

While the Meals on Wheels program is a lifeline for hundreds of seniors who utilize the service regularly, many more could benefit from the program, says Desmond. "Many people find it difficult to admit that they need help. Others may think they won't qualify, but we deliver meals based on need -- whether short-term or long-term -- not on income," she says. "We find it is really helpful to have a friend or loved one broach the subject with a senior and let them know this is available to them."

Meals are delivered Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Frozen meals for Saturday and Sunday are delivered on Fridays. The program also supplies participants with emergency meals that can be kept on a shelf in case of bad weather or other circumstances when deliveries can't reach them. South Shore Elder Services offers special meal delivery on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

For seniors or people with disabilities who are able to travel and would like the opportunity to meet friends and enjoy a nutritious lunch, Manet also offers a catered lunch Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at its accessible Houghs Neck location -- 24 Wall Street -- directly behind the Manet practice site.

"We have a few folks who dine with us regularly, but we always have room for more," says Desmond.

To make a reservation for the catered lunch, call 857-403-0804.

Volunteer opportunities available for anyone interested in packaging or delivering meals to elders in their own community. For more information about volunteering or receiving Meals on Wheel home delivery or holiday meals, call South Shore Elder Services at 781-848-3910.

Thank You Veterans!

Posted November 11, 2015

To all of America's veterans and members of the US armed forces, we salute you and thank you for your service to our country.

Check it out: Vet Net Boston Events and Networking Calendar

November is American Diabetes Month

Posted November 10, 2015

Are you at risk? Simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference.



Chances are, you know someone who has diabetes or will have it. Twenty-nine million Americans have diabetes and another 86 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease.

If that's not scary enough, a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that, if current trends continue, by 2050 one in three US adults will have type 2 diabetes. In Massachusetts alone, between 1990 and 2008, the overall frequency of type 2 diabetes nearly doubled, with the number of diabetics in the state jumping from 183,000 to 388,000.
The good news is -- despite these alarming statistics -- diabetes can be preventable.

Click here for a snapshot of diabetes in America

"A few simple lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in your risk for developing type 2 diabetes," says Celeste Le, BSN, RN, Lead Care Manager. "A number of studies have shown that healthy eating and regular physical activity can significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which is associated with obesity."

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a major federally funded study of people at high risk for diabetes, showed that people can delay and possibly prevent the disease by losing a small amount of weight (5 to 7 percent of total body weight) through 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week and healthier eating.

"There are some diabetes risk factors that you can't do anything about, like having a parent or sibling with diabetes or being over age 45," explains Le, "but there are others, such as being overweight or having high blood pressure, that you do have some control over. It's our job to help patients make healthy choices and help them understand the connection between their choices and their health."

It is important to talk to your primary care doctor about your risk for diabetes and to develop a plan to help you stay healthy. This may include an appointment with a care manager or dietitian, who can work with you to improve your eating habits.

Election Day Is November 3, 2015

Posted October 2015

Voting is a right, a privilege and a resposnsibility. Make sure your voice is heard -- Get Out and Vote!

Where do I vote? Am I registered? Need an absentee ballot?

The Dana-Farber Mammography Van visited Manet's Hull practice site yesterday, providing screening mammograms for 27 Manet patients.

Posted October 29, 2015

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted October 1, 2015

Manet October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Don't wait until it's too late. Get screened for breast cancer. Take the first step by asking us about getting screened.

Call us about scheduling an appointment:

Manet CHC at Houghs Neck—(617) 471-8683
Manet CHC at North Quincy—(617) 376-3000
Manet CHC at Snug Harbor—(617) 471-4715
Manet CHC at Hull—(781) 925-4550
Manet CHC at Taunton—(508) 822-5500

Cut! Ribbon Cutting Marks Grand Opening of Manet's On-Site Pharmacy in North Quincy

Posted September 10, 2015

Eaton Apothecary Open to Manet Patients and the Community

Manet Community Health Center and Eaton Apothecary celebrated the grand opening of their on-site pharmacy at Manet's North Quincy practice site, 110 West Squantum Street, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

Dozens of local residents, community partners, patients, board members and staff were on hand for the celebration, which culminated with a ribbon cutting by Dean Rizzo, President of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Thomas Koch, Mark Dumouchel, President of Eaton Apothecary, Cynthia Sierra, Acting CEO, Manet Community Health Center, and Phung Nguyen, RPh, Pharmacy Manger (pictured from left to right in photo above). John Lynch, Eaton VP of Operations, was also in attendance. Other guests who dropped by included: Walter Ramos, President, Carney Hospital, Sara Tan, EACH, Harry Shulman, President & CEO South Shore Mental Health, Joel Keller, CFO, Liberty Bay Credit Union and many more.

"Eaton Apothecary has a trusted record of excellence in customer service and is a looked to partner for health centers. We are incredibly pleased to partner with Eaton Apothecary to offer this important resource, not only to our patients, but also to our local community at large," said Sierra, noting that Manet also recently opened a vision center, open to Manet patients and the public alike, and hopes to add additional services, including behavioral health, in the near future.

The new pharmacy offers a full range of prescription medications, including Narcan/Naloxone, and is conveniently located on the first floor of Manet's recently renovated North Quincy site with its own street-side entrance and parking. It is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The pharmacy is open to the general public and accepts most insurance plans, including Health Safety Net. For more information, call 617-472-1200.

Manet Welcomes Family Medicine Residents

Posted September 24, 2015

New Physicians Complete their Pediatric Rotation in North Quincy, Expand Access to Pediatric Care
Manet Community Health Center is pleased to welcome six physicians from Carney Hospital's Family Medicine Residency program at Manet's North Quincy practice site during their Pediatric rotation, providing our patients with expanded access to pediatric care. Dr. Glennon J. O'Grady, Director of Family Medicine for Steward Health Care and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Carney Hospital, serves as preceptor for the 2nd and 3rd year residents, who will see patients in North Quincy on Tuesdays and Fridays from September through June. For appointments, call 617-376-3000.

Class of 2017

Lauren Ciszak, MD

Lauren Ciszak, MD earned her BA in International Studies from the University of Washington and graduated from the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. She speaks Spanish and French.

Jacqueline Draper, MD

Jacqueline (Tessa) Draper, MD studied Biology and Psychology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and earned her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. She has a keen interest in women's health.

Grace Kronauer, MD

Grace Kronauer, MD earned her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University and completed medical school at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. She speaks Spanish.

Maya Mauch, MD, MPH, MMS

Maya Mauch, MD, MPH, MMS studied Human Biology at Brown University before earning a Master of Public Health from Boston University. She also earned a Master of Medical Science, and earned her medical degree at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. She speaks Spanish and is especially interested in women's health and OB.

Class of 2016


Sonya Hovsepian, MD, MPH



Sonya Hovsepian, MD, MPH earned a Master's in Public Health from Emory University and graduated from the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. She completed her intern year in General Surgery at North Shore LIJ in Manhasset, NY.


James Keck, MD, MPH

James Keck, MD, MPH attended medical school at the University of Minnesota. Following an internship in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, he completed a Preventive Medicine Residency at Johns Hopkins. He speaks Spanish and especially enjoys providing care for immigrants and emigrants (travel medicine), for those with mental health needs, and for patients with infectious diseases.

Voter Registration Drive

September 22, 2015

Manet is excited to once again be part of a national effort to strengthen our community by registering voters on September 22, 2015, National Voter Registration Day.

Join us on September 22 for our Voter Registration Drive!
Manet Community Health Center, 110 West Squantum Street, North Quincy
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

First started for the 2012 presidential election, National Voter Registration Day has become a 50-state holiday when thousands of organizations and volunteers organize to ensure our patients, families, friends, and neighbors are registered to vote.

Why register? 2016 is going to be a historic election year, and even before then, there will be important primary elections as well as state and federal elections taking place. Getting involved now will make sure everyone’s voice is heard next year!

We invite you to register to vote and learn more at www.NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org, and don’t forget to use #CelebrateNVRD on social media to spread the word!

Thank You to All Who Stopped By and Made Health Center Week a Success!

Posted August 25, 2015

Manet joined community health centers across the state and country in celebrating National Health Center Week Aug. 9-15. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the nation's first health centers, which opened in Mississippi and in Dorchester. To celebrate this historic milestone, we hosted five events in five days! The week included patient appreciation/open house events in North Quincy, Houghs Neck, Snug Harbor (Germantown), and Taunton, and a seaside health fair at the DCR Mary Jeanette Murray Bathhouse in Hull.

Throughout the week a steady stream of patients and visitors stopped in to meet our staff and take part in the festivities. Each site offered a host of healthy activities and information, including blood pressure and blood glucose screening, Narcan information and training, reproductive health information, nutrition and diabetes edcuation, health insurance assistance and navigation, language services, voter registration, health center advocacy information and new patient registration. In addition to Manet staff and services, the events also featured a number of our community partners, including Carney Hospital, the Quincy and Taunton/Attleboro WIC Nutrition programs, South Shore Elder Services, Quincy Weymouth Wellness Intitiative, Hull Health Department, Hull Chamber of Commerce, Hull Substance Abuse Task Force, Community Counseling of Bristol County and BMC HealthNet. Special thanks to Carney Hospital for their Health Center Week sponsorship, which provided healthy snacks for all the events.

Click the link to view more Health Center Week photos and don't forget to "like" our  Facebook page!

Workshops Offered by the Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative

Posted August 10, 2015

Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative  

The Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative offers a variety of free wellness programs to the community.

Click here for information about upcoming FREE programs!

National Health Center Week
August 9-15, 2015

Ready to Quit Smoking?

Manet Offers New Tobacco Cessation Services

Counseling and nicotine replacement therapy can double your odds of success at quitting smoking. Meet with our Wellness/Tobacco Counselor, Jennifer Turpel, to get started. Appointments are available for registered Manet patients at these locations and times:

We're launching a new Tobacco Cessation Support Group at Manet North Quincy in January 2015. Watch for details here and on Manet's Facebook page.

Meals on Wheels
Monday - Friday, 11 am to 1 pm

Meals on Wheels Quincy MA

Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed

Enrich your life – Make a difference

Drivers needed to deliver “Meals on Wheels” in QUINCY

Monday thru Friday (late morning)
(1 to 5 days a week – flexible schedule)
Mileage reimbursement

Contact:

South Shore Elder Services
Jody, Volunteer Coordinator
781-848-3910 ext 430
jhodgdon@sselder.org

Thank You!
Dinner & Auction Surpasses Fundraising Goal!

May 28, 2015

Manet Community Health Center's Annual Dinner & Auction was a huge success thanks to the generosity and support of scores of local businesses, organizations and individuals. More than 400 people attended the gala event on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The beautiful evening at Granite Links Golf Club raised nearly $145,000, which will enable Manet to increase health care access for residents of the South Shore and Southeastern MA through expanded programs, services and operational advancements.

Hear what Manet providers, staff and patients like Stephen Gore and Robin Flint (above) had to say about the rare brand of compassionate care that Manet provides in this special video that debuted at the event...Your Partner for a Healthier Life.

Manet Highlights from Michael Laramee on Vimeo.

The Barbara A. Morris Award for Distinguished Service was presented to Lily Yung, MD, and her entire practice team for their demonstration of great personal and professional commitment to Manet and the communities it serves, along with their exceptional collective leadership, in helping patients smoothly transition from Manet's practice site at Quincy Medical Center.

See what patient Gwendolyn Franks had to say about Dr. Yung and her team.

Gwendolyn Franks from Michael Laramee on Vimeo.

Call to Action
Sign Up to be a Health Center Advocate!

The Campaign for America's Health Centers was launched on June 30, 2011 to preserve and strengthen the network of health centers to deliver long term savings to the health care system and ultimately a perpetuate a healthier country.

Manet looks forward to mobilizing this Campaign for America's Health Centers, which will be a constant and intense effort. These are unprecedented and critical times with threats to Manet and our fellowship of community health centers nationwide.

Please join with Manet, and sign up to be a part of this campaign by going to the National Association of Community Health Center's Campaign for America's Health Centers project page at:

WWW.SAVEOURCHCS.ORG

Under Take Action – Click Join The Campaign
Health Center Box – Enter Manet Community Health Center

It is as EASY as 1-2-3. In less than 3 minutes you can help sustain our care for the community.

Your voice and support will make an impact. Thank You.

The Campaign for America's Health Center Campaign Message and FAQs (video)


Click to play the video about Manet Community Health Center, made possible by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Video produced by Michael Tracy.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at New Quincy VA Clinic

March 30, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, Mayor Thomas Koch and State Sen. John Keenan were among the officials who gathered Monday to celebrate the opening of the new VA Boston outpatient clinic at Manet North Quincy. Also there were State Reps. Tackey Chan, Bruce Ayers, and Walter Timilty; plus Quincy City councilors Doug Gutro and Kevin Coughlin.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by local veterans and veterans officials.

See more photos on Facebook

Wear Red Day 2015

February 6, 2015

The Manet Team is going RED today for women's heart health!

Manet Goes Red February 2015
Deb Cerone, NP (Left) and Kate O’Connell, Nurse
Manet Goes Red February 2015
Krisen Penney – NP
Manet Goes Red February 2015
Dr. Sofia Chu
Manet Goes Red February 2015
Dottie O’Brien (sitting) Front Desk attendant and Ann Ierardi Lab Technician

Manet Navigators in Action

January 30, 2015

Today our Navigators Ken Moore and Xuan Du worked with Shan Shan Huang at the Quincy Career Center to help answer questions from community members about COBRA and severance packages due to recent job loss.

Ken is standing at the front of the room and Xuan (dressed in green sweatshirt) is interpreting in Chinese.

Open Enrollment Ends Feb. 15, 2015

The Open Enrollment period to sign up for health coverage or ensure that your coverage continues ends February 15. For plans beginning March 1, you must sign up by February 15 and pay by February 23.

Are you a Commonwealth Care or former MSP member? Good news: your health coverage has been extended through January 31. After that date, you must have new insurance through the Health Connector or MassHealth. Temporary MassHealth coverage has been extended into 2015.

When your coverage will end depends on the letter you received with your Open Enrollment packet:

  • purple, January 15
  • blue, January 31
  • green, February 15

Our experienced Navigators can help guide you. Call Manet's Navigation Hotline at 857-403-1557 or visit www.healthinsurancehelp@manetchc.org.

Manet on the Move

December 23, 2014

On Dec. 13, Manet's Quincy Medical Center (QMC) Primary Care team, HIV Case Managers and Prevention Specialists closed up shop at QMC, then spent the rest of the weekend moving. Our providers started seeing patients bright and early Monday morning, Dec. 15, in their new home in North Quincy. And our HIV Team opened their doors right on time Monday at our Snug Harbor/Germantown site.

"We're excited to welcome our patients to this beautiful North Quincy facility," says Lily Yung, MD, Lead Physician of the Manet QMC team. "We have settled in comfortably on the first floor. Come see us!"

Thanks to our fabulous Director of Facilities, Marsha Meade, and all our teams for making our commitment to uninterrupted care possible.

You can view more photos of our move - both moves - on Manet's Facebook page.
To make an appointment at our North Quincy facility, call 857-403-0820.

Read our letter of relocation to our QMC patients:

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Chinese (PDF)

Open Enrollment Event Hosted by Massachusetts Health Connector

December 9, 2014

Manet Community Health Center Open Enrollment

Pictured from left to right – Manet Navigator Xuan Du, MA Health Connector Outreach & Enrollment Manager Paul Landesman, Manet Navigators Hamza Mancy and Ken Moore

As of December 15, 2014, Manet's HIV TEAM, formerly based at Quincy Medical Center, is moving to our Snug Harbor site

As of December 15, 2014, Manet's team, formerly based at Quincy Medical Center, is relocating to our North Quincy site

Manet at Quincy Medical moving to North Quincy

LEE DENIM DAY and Breast Cancer Awareness Month

November 11, 2014

Manet successfully met our fundraising goal in support of LEE DENIM DAY and Breast Cancer Awareness Month during the month of October.

Our team, lead by Nancy Quilty, pledged $10 each and wore jeans every Friday during the month of October to show our support.

It was a pleasure and a privilege to participate and we look forward to doing it again next year.

A Letter to Our Patients

November 6, 2014

A Letter to Our Patients:

Manet remains vital, vibrant and exists to serve our patients. Our outstanding Primary Care Teams at Manet are here to serve you. Dr. Lily Yung and the entire Manet Care Team at our Quincy Medical Center practice site (2nd floor, B Wing), and our Infectious Disease case managers and prevention specialists also housed at Quincy Medical Center (4th floor), are employed by Manet and thus remain active and key staff to help deliver the Manet Mission.

Manet is an independently owned, operated, funded and governed community health center, which is affiliated with Quincy Medical Center, A Steward Family Hospital. The Manet staff at Quincy Medical Center remain ready and dedicated to serve you and your family.

Your care and our ability to provide it will be uninterrupted.

It is our priority, during this transition, to keep you informed. We are committed to sharing this information to you in several ways: via our staff at our health center locations, on our website www.manetchc.org, on Manet’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/manetcommunityhealthcenter and through our media and community partners.

Thank you allowing us the opportunity and privilege of caring for you.

North Quincy Grand Reveal

November 6, 2015

Manet's CEO John Holiver with MA Department of Public Health Commission Cheryl Bartlett, whom Manet honored today at the Grand Reveal.

Manet North Quincy Grand Reveal November 6 2014

Holbrook native picked to lead Manet Community Health Center

THE PATRIOT LEDGER
August 28, 2014

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On The Front Lines of the Health Care Revolution
Reform laws speed growth of Manet Health Center

By Patrick Ronan
THE PATRIOT LEDGER
August 11, 2014

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New Signage Installed August 12, 2014 at Our North Quincy Practice

New Sign at Taunton at Mill River

We have a new sign at our Taunton office front door. Now we look official!

Jason Rivera, Certified Navigator

Introducing Manet's newest CERTIFIED NAVIGATOR, Jason Rivera. Jason transferred from our Front Desk and has worked hard to earn his certification. Congratulations, Jason! You are a valued member of our team.

Jason Certified Navigator Jason Rivera

Celebrate Dad! Recap - June 22, 2014

Colorectal Cancer Screening flyer (PDF)

Behavioral Health Services for Members with Temporary MassHealth Coverage

May 2014

Individuals under the age of 21 who applied for health care through MAHealthConnector.org or sent a paper application for new health insurance coverage on or after January 1, 2014, and are enrolled in temporary MassHealth coverage (appearing in EVS as MassHealth Standard) are eligible for medically necessary behavioral health services. Those services include, but are not limited to, Children's Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) services: Intensive Care Coordination for members with serious emotional disturbances; and In- Home Therapy, Therapeutic Mentoring, In-Home Behavioral, and Family Support and Training for members with behavioral health diagnoses.

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2013 Manet CHC Annual Report

Manet Community Health Center 2013 Annual Report - PDF (3.38 MB)

New Practice Location: Taunton, MA

April 3, 2014

MCH New Tauton Practice

Our New Taunton Practice offers:

  • Primary Care
  • Free health insurance counseling, eligibility determination, Affordable Care Act enrollment; food stamp (SNAP) enrollment
  • Lab: in-house rapid testing and specimen collection for referral to reference labs
  • Linkages for Behavioral Health
  • Additional services to follow

Manet on the move in the halls of congress

Manet on the Move

March 17, 2014

Renovation Update (PDF)

Renovation Update

February 25, 2014

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Health Center Week 2013 Scores a Hit!

August 2013

National Health Center Week, Aug. 11-17, 2013, proved to be an uplifting and meaningful week of activities that provided hundreds of patients, supporters, and guests a chance to get to know Manet Community Health Center and access important health and wellness information.

The week is an annual celebration which highlights the work of health centers in the more than 7,000 communities they serve nationwide. Across Massachusetts, health centers provide care to some 820,000 residents.

Manet held five open houses M-F at North Quincy, Hough’s Neck, Quincy Medical Center, Snug Harbor/Germantown, and Hull.

Over the week, more than 250 individuals gained information on Manet programs, 150 signed up for Manet updates, 43 inquired about future services, and several dozen patients were assisted with language services, appointments, tours, family planning referrals, health benefits info, and new patient registration. In addition, at least five people took part in Manet counseling on the anti-overdose drug Narcan and another five had rapid HIV tests.

Betty Yau and Mary Burke, from the City of Quincy Clerk’s Office, joined the open houses at North Quincy and Quincy Medical Center to provide expertise on voter registration. Barbara Brooks, Community Coordinator from Quincy WIC, joined Manet daily to promote the WIC nutrition program for families.

What came through were the voices of support, need, feedback, and desires from our patients and the community. It was an opportunity to meet some immediate and pressing needs—and to set the foundation for improved access to care and healthier futures!

Manet Community Health Center, North Quincy Expansion

May 2013

Existing Building Exterior
Existing Exterior
Proposed Building Exterior
Proposed Exterior

Manet Community Health Center (MCHC) serves the healthcare needs of South Shore residents through a patient-centered medical home model of care (PCMHM). As a multi-site community based health center, MCHC works to ensure that its patients have access to all levels of health care and is fully committed to providing services for the medically underserved. The North Quincy expansion allows for additional space and services for 5,286 additional patients with 25 new exam rooms added to the existing 18. As a PCMHM, Manet will add services for behavioral health, a Center for Older Adults, a Center for Primary Care in Public Housing, vision services and an onsite 340B pharmacy.

Project drivers are to enhance the patient experience, alleviate scheduling stressors, address facility related issues, ensure patient satisfaction, improve operational functions and overcome existing barriers to care. All design decisions – from how the patient enters the building, to circulation and wayfinding, to the color palette – focused on enhancing the patient experience as one navigates through the center.

As you enter the center, you are greeted by a concierge to direct you to your care provider. This personalized service will help guide the patient to registration, financial or the counseling center. On the first floor, to join the existing Family Medical Center and Lab, Integrated Behavioral Health, the Center for Older Adults, Vision and the Pharmacy were incorporated. 

At present the 2nd and 3rd floors house administrative functions. Upon renovation, the second floor  will provide for 26 new exam rooms in the Center for Primary Care in Public Housing and Specialty services through the common corridor  that will serve as the “connector” to the community of services and will allow for private sub-waiting areas. The third floor will provide for meeting rooms and support space for clinicians and administration. On the exterior,  DAI is working with MCHC to support the overall renovation concept to incorporate the re-branding efforts of the organization.

The result of this innovative design is a center that enhances the personal experience of the patient and caregivers while ensuring operational efficiency and optimal facility performance. The new MCHC - PCMHM is warm, inviting and safe, all drivers determined by the focus groups during the visioning and programming phases. A healing environment that will address patient comfort with wayfinding, healing art, privacy, dignity and provider communication in a safe, secure environment. All services are accessible, integrated and patient-centered. The planning process facilitates the principles of lean process management in the clinical zones and evidence-based design throughout the center.

The Manet Community Health Center building brings meaning, interest and comfort to those who the health center provide services to. The strong bond that was created between MCHC and the DAI team of architects, engineers, interior designers facilitated the branding and vision for Manet.

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New HealthCare Coverage Enrollment

Manet Community Health is gearing up to assist South Shore residents with enrollment in new health insurance options that will be available when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is fully implemented in January 2014.

Manet received $139,322 in state and federal funding to expand the multilingual Community Outreach and Enrollment Team. Starting later this summer, the team will begin hosting community events to outline coverage options under the ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace. The open enrollment period begins Oct. 1, 2013.

The goal: to help residents determine their eligibility for the subsidized health insurance coverage plans, qualify for the appropriate level of financial assistance, and enroll in the affordable care plan best suited to them—all online and in real time.

Mondays through Saturdays, and evenings, too, residents can speak to outreach and enrollment specialists at any of Manet’s five practice sites in Quincy, North Quincy, Hough’s Neck, Snug Harbor/Germantown, and Hull.

For more information, call Manet at 617-376-3000. Read more....

Nasal Narcan Overdose Reversal Program

Manet Community Health Center is addressing the growing problem of opioid overdoses in South Shore communities with a free program to distribute a drug that has the potential to reverse overdoses and save lives. Manet’s effort is part of a pilot initiative by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Opioid Prevention and Reversal Project.

Presently, Manet has the largest team from Quincy to Brockton that distributes nasal naloxone (Narcan)—known as the anti-overdose drug—and trains area residents in its use on a daily basis by walk-in or appointment (call 857-939-4108). Anyone can receive the free training, whether or not they are a Manet patient. Evening hours are available.

Opioid overdoses are one of the leading causes of death in Massachusetts. Along the South Shore, overdose deaths and substance abuse have reached critical numbers, according to a 2012 report by the Massachusetts Health Council. In June 2012, the Patriot Ledger reported that 10 small towns close to Quincy and Weymouth logged 93 fatal overdoses from heroin and painkillers between 2007-2011. Opioids include heroin, oxycodone, methadone, fentanyl, codeine, and morphine.

Narcan has been used for decades in an injectable form by emergency room doctors and paramedics and has proven successful in reversing overdoses.

An overdose may occur when an opioid is introduced because it attaches to the same receptor site in the brain responsible for breathing, which is affected by the narcotic. Narcan blocks opioids from attaching to those receptors and remains active in the body for 30-90 minutes, enough time to seek emergency medical care. There are no side effects.

In the first six months of 2013, Manet distributed more than 50 nasal Narcan kits. Among those completing training have been opioid users; friends, parents, and relatives of opioid users; and, staffs of agencies that serve high-risk individuals. “We train anyone interested in helping to prevent an overdose,” said Warren Nicoli, Manet Prevention Specialist. “The Narcan spray is highly effective and easy to administer.”

The free training includes how to recognize an overdose, perform rescue breathing, and use the nasal spray.

Manet's Prevention Specialists also conduct street outreach in higher-risk areas of Quincy, Weymouth and Hull, traveling with Narcan kits to train and distribute as needed. Manet collaborates with various community Narcan partners in this initiative, including Quincy and Weymouth public safety, Bay State Community Services, Father Bill's and MainSpring, and South Shore Hospital.

The nasal Narcan program is funded by Manet’s Prevention, Screening, and Referral Services contract with the DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease, Office of HIV/AIDS.

To make an appointment for the free training and kit, call a Manet Prevention Specialist at 857-939-4108.

Manet Employee Award Winning Services

Andree Caldwell
Barbara A. Morris Distinguished Service Award

Andree Caldwell, a 33-year Manet employee, is the recipient of the first-ever Barbara A. Morris Distinguished Service Award from the Manet Board of Directors.

The award was created to honor an employee for outstanding service to Manet and its patients. The award is named for a Manet Board member who also has a lengthy and distinguished history of service. Barbara Morris has been a member of the Board since 1995, and its President three times.

Andree Caldwell joined Manet in 1980—only a few months after the doors opened at the first practice site in Hough’s Neck. She came for a part-time job to help her family; she gained a whole new work family. Caldwell quickly moved up from clerk typist to administrative assistant to the CEO. In 1989, she became Manet’s first Director of Human Resources (HR).

For years, she essentially served as the entire HR department. Today, many of the jobs she took on—such as hiring, payroll, physician licensing, and compliance—are their own departments.

“Andree has taken on more duties than any one job description could hold,” Joseph Reardon, Manet Board President, said in presenting the award at Manet’s Annual Dinner and Auction in May. “Andree Caldwell embodies the Manet mission!”

Warren Nicoli
Partner in Prevention Award

Warren Nicoli, Manet’s HIV prevention specialist, recently was recognized by the town of Weymouth with the Partner in Prevention Award at the Substance Abuse Prevention Team’s annual Community Hero Awards Banquet in June.

“Warren is a warm and caring individual who works relentlessly for the health and safety of our residents through an innovative prevention and screening program,” said Lyn Franco, Weymouth Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, in presenting the award. “Warren is a true community hero in several South Shore communities.” Among those in attendance was Weymouth Mayor Sue Kay.

As prevention specialist, Nicoli directs Manet’s prevention and screening program for HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and Hepatitis C, including education for patients and their friends and family on the use of nasal Narcan for preventing opiod overdose.

“We are proud of Warren for this well-deserved recognition and for the important work he does daily,” said Henry N. Tuttle, Manet CEO. “Manet is committed to being our patients’ partner for a healthier life, and Warren’s dedication to prevention and screening is a big part of that.”

Manet Community Health Center's Annual Dinner & Auction May 9 Will Fund Access to Primary Care

North Quincy, MA, April 30, 2013: The public is invited to support improving access to primary care and its expansion along the South Shore by attending Manet Community Health Center's Annual Dinner & Auction Thursday evening, May 9.

For the first time, the event—Manet Community Health's single biggest fundraiser for the year—will be held at the Boston Quincy Marriott, 1000 Marriott Drive, Quincy, in the Grand Ballroom, beginning at 6 pm.

The Dinner & Auction comes at a critical time when community health centers like Manet are under pressure to implement new primary care and payment initiatives, before the Affordable Care Act's 2014 deadline. To meet increasing demands for access to primary care, Manet is adding two new physicians in May. Plus, it is expanding its facilities inside Quincy Medical Center, in North Quincy and in Hull, while tailoring new programs and services particularly for seniors and public housing residents, including specialty services, behavioral health, pharmacy services and a Manet Vision Center.

Support for Manet runs high. In 2012, Manet Community Health's patient satisfaction ratings topped 91%. A national study reported by Kaiser Health News and USA Today, also in 2012, gave Manet good grades for effective care for expectant mothers, newborns and patients of most other ages.

Another study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that Massachusetts' federally-funded health centers saw a 31% increase (134,000) in patients between 2005 and 2009, even as growing numbers of residents obtained coverage under the state's health reform law. Seven years post reform, Massachusetts health centers are serving some 820,000 state residents, having increased their ranks by more than 200,000 since 2005. To that end, 14,478 Manet patients were seen during 53,475 patient visits in 2012, which represents a 5.4% increase in patients and a 3.9% increase in patient visits in one year.

Bob Rivers, President and COO of Eastern Bank

Support from public and private sources also runs high. In addition to garnering over $5.5 million in capital funding in 2012 to support building renovations, last year's Dinner & Auction raised $109,000 in one evening for Manet's Annual Fund. This helped to subsidize unfunded mandates and wrap-around services including health benefits counseling, language translation and interpretation and clinical care management.

"Manet is the South Shore's partner for a healthier life. We work toward health parity by giving our patients the tools they require to achieve a healthy future—in many cases, a future out of poverty," said Henry N. Tuttle, CEO of Manet Community Health, which operates five practice sites, four in Quincy and one in Hull. "Our annual Dinner & Auction is most important to us because with the continuing financial support of our government, community, funders and friends, we can expand our essential programs and services to meet our patients' and communities' needs."

A highlight of the May 9 Dinner & Auction will be the presentation of the Manet Medallion—given for leadership in community health—to Bob Rivers, President and COO of Eastern Bank.

"We chose Bob Rivers to receive our most prestigious honor because of his and Eastern Bank's commitment to the community health center movement," said Joseph Reardon, Chair of the Manet Community Health Board of Directors. "Eastern Bank's philosophy on community involvement is closely aligned with ours – we both move our communities forward – because we know we can only succeed if our patients, clients and customers succeed." Eastern Bank's support for community health reflects its mission to serve the underserved. Since 1999, the bank has pledged to give 10% of its net income to charity, focusing on such basic human needs as housing, clothing, food and health care.

"We consider health care to be a fundamental social justice issue," said Rivers, "believing that quality health care should not just be available to those who can afford it. Better community health care also alleviates pressure on the health care system as a whole, reducing its cost to society, and enabling people to be more productive employees and citizens. Clearly, there's a long list of reasons why increased access to quality health care is good for the economy."

The event sponsor is Quincy Medical Center, a Steward Family Hospital, led by Daniel Knell, President. Other sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available, along with individual tickets at $125. The moderator for the evening is Mary Richardson, long-time host of the WCVB Channel 5 and syndicated cable television program Chronicle.

The evening, complete with a popular cocktail hour, silent auction, raffle and seated dinner, will include patient stories, the presentation of the board of directors award for outstanding performance by a Manet employee, and the presentation of the Manet Medallion to Mr. Rivers.

For the first time, mobile bids via smartphones will be allowed before and during the auction. Among the items up for grabs are Boston Red Sox tickets; a signed baseball from Sox pitcher Stephen Drew; a tour of the United States Capital and a personally guided tour of the White House, provided by Congressman Stephen Lynch; restaurant gift certificates; jewelry; the new Vera Bradley 'Midnight Blues' tote ensemble; and more, with new items donated daily. Volunteers from both the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts "Blue Crew" and Jack Conway & Company Realtor will be helping out during the event. There is still time to get involved and take part. For sponsorship opportunities, individual tickets or to donate auction items, please contact Manet's Development Office at 857-403-0424 or events@manetchc.org.

Sponsoring Organizations: (to date)

Event Sponsor: Quincy Medical Center a Steward Family Hospital. Diamond Sponsor: Eastern Bank. Gold Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Silver Sponsors: Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan and Neighborhood Health Plan. Bronze Sponsors: athenahealth; DAI Architecture - DiGiorgio Associates, Inc.; Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers; and, the Tuttle – Sterricker Family. Double Table Sponsor: Walgreens Pharmacy. Table Sponsors: Ms. Roseanne Russell and Mr. Robert Griffin; Krokidas & Bluestein, LLP; United Healthcare Community Plan; S-Bank; Crown Obstetrics and Gynecology; and, William Brandon, MD. Supporting Sponsors: Rear Admiral and Mrs. Michael Milner; and, Joseph Peppe, MD.

About Manet Community Health Center:

Manet Community Health Center is a not-for-profit health and social services provider and it exists to be one's partner for a healthier life. Founded in 1979, it serves the broad health needs of South Shore residents. Manet has been accredited by The Joint Commission since 1999, and re-accredited most recently in July, 2012, demonstrating it meets the highest standards of quality. In 2011, Manet's Diabetes Program received accreditation by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Over 40 years ago, community health centers began delivering health care to the medically underserved. Today, 1,100 community health centers now serve more than 16 million people in 6,000+ sites located throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories. Community health centers never turn anyone away for care – regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. They are local, non-profit, community owned and federally supported. Seven out of ten community health center patients live in poverty. They serve one in every five low income uninsured individuals, one in nine Medicaid beneficiaries, and one in four low income minorities. They are true "health care homes," with many also providing dental and mental health services, as well as case management, transportation, translation and outreach.

Investing in community health centers results in significant savings to the health care system and substantial economic benefit for the communities they serve:

  • Medical expenses for community health center patients are 41% lower ($1,810 per person annually) compared to patients seen elsewhere. This is due to their patient-centered and high quality care, and reduced reliance on expensive emergency rooms.
  • As a result, they save the health care system between $9.9 and $17.6 billion a year.
  • If Congress invests in community health centers today, an estimated 30 million Americans could have access to their high-quality by the year 2015, resulting in health care savings of between $22.6 and $40.4 billion annually.
  • Community health centers generate an overall economic impact of $12.6 billion, and they produce 143,000 jobs in some of the country's most economically deprived neighborhoods.
  • If community health centers reach 30 million patients by 2015, these figures would rise to an estimated total economic impact of $40.7 billion and over 460,000 full-time equivalent jobs.
  • Every dollar spent in support of community health centers reduces health disparities and costs while contributing to local economies. As America searches for an answer to its growing health care challenge, the success of community health centers today provides valuable lessons for the health care investments of tomorrow.

Manet plans to improve chronic disease care with $125,000 community health grant

By Morgan True
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Jan 15, 2013 @ 01:50 AM

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Manet Community Health Center Marks National Community Health Center Week And Launches Expansion in North Quincy

Manet Community Health Center completed a jam-packed celebration of National Community Health Center Week August 11-17, 2013 with a flurry of new patient sign-ups and health benefit enrollments, plus a community reception in Hull—all while setting the stage for the future by interviewing engineers and architects for its newest expansion project. Read more (PDF)

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July 9, 2012

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Steward Health Care System is affiliating with Manet Community Health System on the South Shore

The Boston Globe
By Robert Weisman, Globe Staff
February 1, 2012

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