State Health Officials Turn Out for Harbor Health Opening

Nancy Bucken, executive director of Harbor Community Health Center, poses with Cassandra Desroches, who is involved in the center's outreach and enrollment; Eleni Kontongli, the director of marketing, and Paulette Shaw Querner, vice president of Harbor Health Services.

Nancy Bucken, executive director of Harbor Community Health Center, poses with Cassandra Desroches, who is involved in the center’s outreach and enrollment; Eleni Kontongli, the director of marketing, and Paulette Shaw Querner, vice president of Harbor Health Services.

HYANNIS – One of the Cape’s largest health centers held a ribbon cutting Thursday at its new offices on Attucks Lane in Hyannis.

Harbor Community Health Center Executive Director Nancy Bucken explained how the clinic has grown over the ten years it has been open.

In the move, the center went from 6,900 square feet to 20,000 square feet, from seven medical exam rooms to 16 and from six dental opertories, which are dental chair areas, to 8.

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The staff has also grown. It began with one physician and has grown to 10 providers–five physicians and five nurse practitioners. They started with one dentist who volunteered the first year and now there are 12 dental providers.

State Representative Cleon Turner and State Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett cut the ribbon at the new Harbor Community Health Center facility.

State Representative Cleon Turner and State Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett cut the ribbon at the new Harbor Community Health Center facility.

The state’s Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett was among the top health officials at the ribbon cutting.

Bartlett said of community health centers, “They really serve the populations. They really provide comprehensive care and actually I think community health centers were once places where people who couldn’t find care went to and now I think they’re really becoming the model of care.”

The center is a public health agency committed to providing comprehensive health care to residents of Cape Cod and offers access to comprehensive family medicine and dental care.

Board Chair Mary McCarthy and President and CEO Daniel J. Driscoll will be on hand to offer a few remarks and welcome guests.

Designed by architectural firm Perkins & Will of Boston with construction overseen by Delphi Construction, Inc. of Mashpee, the interior decor of the health center’s newly refurbished site features an ocean-based theme, with a blue and green color scheme and wavy glass and tile work.

Staff work on a patient in the dental area of the new Harbor Community Health Center.

Staff work on a patient in the dental area of the new Harbor Community Health Center.

The new address is located just off Independence Drive, just east of the Cape Cod Cooperative Bank in the section of Attucks Lane leading towards the Cape Town Plaza area. It is located on the regular bus routes for the Cape Cod Transit Authority, and there is ample free parking. The building has its own exterior entrance and signage to direct visitors.

The new address is located just off Independence Drive, just east of the Cape Cod Cooperative Bank in the section of Attucks Lane leading towards the Cape Town Plaza area. It is located on the regular bus routes for the Cape Cod Transit Authority, and there is ample free parking. The building has its own exterior entrance and signage to direct visitors.

The 20,000-square foot site with 20 exam rooms offers medical and dental services for the entire family as well as access to low-cost pharmacy services for patients. The health center accepts Free Care, MassHealth, and all major commercial insurances. Individuals having no insurance and looking for primary care and dental services are welcomed and a financial counselor is on staff to assist individuals with enrollments. The center is open seven days a week.