Welcome to Harbor Health Services, Inc.
Harbor Health Services, Inc.is a nonprofit, public health agency committed to providing quality, comprehensive health care in urban Boston neighborhoods, the South Shore and Cape Cod communities. We provide a wide network of healthcare services to meet the needs of our patients. Harbor Health owns and operates four community health centers: Geiger Gibson Community Health Center, Harbor Community Health Center-Hyannis, Harbor Community Health Center-Plymouth and Neponset Health Center. These health centers are Health Center Program grantees under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n). In addition, Harbor Health administers the Elder Service Plan, a program providing care to frail elders in their place of residence, the Women Infant Children Nutrition Program of Dorchester South and the Ellen Jones Community Dental Center.
Combined, Harbor Health’s community health centers are the Medical Home for more than 26,000 patients and the “family dentist” to an additional 10,000 patients. The Elder Service Plan cares for more than 300 members and Women Infant Children Nutrition Program serves more than 3000 women and their children.
WOW Strong 5K
Harbor Health Services, Inc.’s Working On Wellness (WOW) Team hosted a community 5K to benefit The One Fund Boston on Friday, April 11th. The event was held at the Pope John Paul II Park in Dorchester and in lieu of a registration fee, a suggested $5 donation to The One Fund Boston was recommended. Overcast skies and a brief rain shower didn’t stop more than 50 runners and walkers from participating.
The WOW Team was created last year to promote healthy initiatives for employees working at Harbor Health Services, Inc. locations including Neponset Health Center and Geiger Gibson Community Health Center, both in Dorchester. After a successful employee 5K in the fall of 2013, the group decided to organize a community 5K for the spring and raise donations for The One Fund Boston, which helps support those impacted by the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Donations made by participants (and one made by a generous passerby) totaled $350. The WOW Team looks forward to organizing more events to promote community fitness and well-being.
Special thank you the sponsors of this event: Runner ID and Stop and Shop Supermarket.
Harbor Community Health Center- Plymouth Opens March 1st
Boston, MA – Dan Driscoll, Chief Executive Officer of Harbor Health Services, Inc. (Harbor Health) is pleased to announce the award of federal grant to establish a community health center serving the Greater Plymouth Area. “Since its early days, Harbor Health has honored a deep commitment to provide health care services to those who lack access for any reason, and who do not have the means to pay,” said Driscoll. “In establishing a community health center in Plymouth, we hope to build on the experience and history Harbor Health has in effectively serving low-income, uninsured and immigrant communities for the past 48 years.”
HHSI Community Health Centers Awarded Level 3 Recognition
Geiger Gibson Community Health Center, Harbor Community Health Center Hyannis, and Neponset Health Center have been awarded Level 3 Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Physician Practice Connections® (PPC) -Patient-Centered Medical Home ™ (PCMH).
Harbor Health Community Health Center divisions were among the first Community Health Centers in the Nation to apply and receive the highest level of recognition for a PPC- PCMH in 2010. The current award is a result of a rigorous application to receive PPC-PCMH recertification.Read more»
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The grant in the amount of $650,000 was awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the federal agency responsible for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. Because there is currently no community health center in or near the Plymouth area, Harbor Health’s proposal is designed to address the critical need for access to comprehensive primary care, dental care, behavioral health services and social services.
“I congratulate Harbor Health on their receipt of this critical funding. Harbor Health has been a proven advocate for the underserved community in my district for decades, and I applaud this initiative to expand their comprehensive healthcare services to Plymouth.”said Congressman Bill Keating.
The target population of the service area includes residents of the 16 surrounding towns in Plymouth County who are either uninsured or have some forms of public insurance such as Medicaid, Medicare, or CommonwealthCare. Currently, a significant number of patients drive approximately 60 miles round-trip to either Harbor Health’s Boston or Cape Cod locations. The organization anticipates providing health care to 5,400 new patients at the Plymouth site, with a projected 19,000 visits within the first two years of operation.
The health center is scheduled to open in March of 2014, and will be operated as a satellite of Harbor Community Health Center, Hyannis, under the direction of Executive Director Nancy Bucken. “The health center is prepared to serve all ages of the life cycle, regardless of ability to pay, with comprehensive primary care and supporting services, including nutrition and wellness programs and behavioral health services offered on site. In order to address the limited number of dental offices which accept public insurance, the Harbor Health clinic will also provide access to affordable oral health care, with dental services provided by two full-time dentists, a full-time oral hygienist and support assistants.” said Bucken.
The Patient Centered Medical Home standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement. The 16 physicians and 15 nurse practitioners working at the aforementioned health centers are among a handful of providers in the State to receive this recognition. The three health conditions that were chosen as a part of the evaluation by NCQA were diabetes, asthma and pediatric care.
“The patient-centered medical home promises to improve health and health care” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “The active, ongoing relationship between a patient and a physician in medical homes fosters an all-too-rare goal in care: staying healthy and preventing illness in the first place. PPC PCMH Recognition shows that Geiger Gibson Community Health Center, Harbor Community Health Center Hyannis and Neponset Health Center have the tools, systems and resources to provide their patients with the right care at the right time.”
During the past several years, our Community Health Centers became the epitome of the Patient Centered Medical Home facilitating care for our patients through ongoing patient participation, progressive care coordination working side by side with local hospitals and specialists, the development and use of high risk patient registries, electronic medical records and a robust bilingual patient portal. Said Paulette Shaw Querner, Vice President of Harbor Health Community Health Centers.
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