Outer Cape Health Services Cuts Ribbon on New Harwich Port Center

Outer Cape Health Services Harwich Port Opening

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HARWICH PORT – Outer Cape Health Services celebrated the completion of its new Harwich Port facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday.

The non-profit organization which provides a full range of health care and supportive social services will open the renovated former Thompson’s Market on Main Street on Monday, December 3.

The nearly 30,000-square-foot, two-story building will include 18 patient exam rooms, a pharmacy, lab services, ambulatory transfer area, community conference room and the organization’s administrative offices.

“It delivers on this promise that we have been talking about for the community and our commitment to their health,” said Patricia Nadle, the Outer Cape Health Services CEO. “This is an awesome, awesome day.”

Founded in 1987 through the merger of Health Associates of Provincetown and the AIM Medical Center of Wellfleet, Outer Cape Health Services Inc. provides a full range of primary health care and supportive services to more than 16,000 people per year at locations in Provincetown, Wellfleet and Harwich.

The new facility has tripled capacity for Lower Cape patients.

“We sent out some notices this past week to let people know that we were opening and in the past week we had 500 calls for access,” Nadle said.

“That just tells us the pent up demand. We were thrilled to be able to hear that folks are calling looking for appointments.”

Nadle said it is all about treating residents who have had not had

Nadle says they have already received 500 phone calls from new potential patients after advertising the center’s opening.

Board of Directors President Pamela French said the new center will fulfill the unmet medical needs for many people on the Lower Cape.

“Our goal is to help more individuals, families and business owners be able to have access to good quality affordable health care,” French said. “As a federally qualified community health center we are able to provide care to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.”

OCHS accepts all insurance plans and helps patients find the right insurance plans for them and their family through its Healthy Connections program.

Congressman William Keating (D-Bourne) said the new Outer Cape Health Service center will serve as a model for communities to replicate across the rest of the country.

“This is ahead of its time,” Keating said. “This will improve not just individuals’ health care, but it’s going to improve the whole quality of health care for the region.”

Keating said the organization will continue to provide care for those suffering from addiction, new mothers and about 1,000 children on the Lower and Upper Cape.

“It’s more than a building,” he said. “This creates an opportunity under one roof for what would be the modern view of health care.”

Keating said community health centers are providing better services and health care at an average cost that is 24 percent cheaper.

The new center will also serve Outer Cape residents when it opens next week as Wellfleet center patients will be split up between the Harwich Port and Provincetown locations.

The Wellfleet center just closed for renovations as part of the organization’s continued expansion.

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