In addition to Harbor Health’s role as a primary care provider, it is also a major economic engine for the communities it serves

May 25th, 2011

Non Profits-Major Economic Engines

Harbor Health Services Inc., a nonprofit public health agency that provides quality, comprehensive health care to communities in Boston, the South Shore, and Cape Cod, is in danger of losing funding due to proposed budget cuts. Harbor Health owns and operates three community health centers, including Geiger Gibson Community Health Center, Mid Upper Cape Community Health Center, and Neponset Health Center.

Community health centers, like the ones run by Harbor Health, serve as the family doctor for thousands of people in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Recent studies reveal that on a national level, the number of patients served by community health centers will rise from currently 23 million to 40 million by 2015. 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. Harbor Health’s Elder Service Plan cares for more than 300 members and the Women Infant Children Nutrition Program serves more than 3,000 women and their children.

In addition to Harbor Health’s role as a primary care provider, it is also a major economic engine for the communities it serves. It employees over 450 people and contributes millions every year to the state’s economy. It also attracts well-trained physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists, and allied health professionals while being the training ground for critical entry level professionals.

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