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Brewster Wingate Closing Nursing Facility

Contrary to the Cape's recent trend of expansion in their industry, the management of Wingate at Brewster has announced that it will be losing down the skilled nursing arm of its Harwich Road complex. The separate assisted living branch of the facility will remain open.

And In announcing the closure (along with another facility in Rhode Island)SRC Management LLC said it hoped many residents and employees would be able to transition seamlessly from the 173-bed Brewster facility to the company's nearby somewhat smaller 153-bed sister facility in Harwich. They said the Brewster action was taken because there were factors mitigating against their ability to make needed physical upgrades to the current somewhat aging structure.

Recent regulations have required nursing homes to provide ample time for residents (and presumably employees) to make new arrangements. That's why SRC filed applications with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at this point when the doors actually won't be shuttered until January of 2019.


New Duties For Dr. Sidhartha At CCHC

Cape Cod Health Care has announced that it has named Kumara Sidhartha, MD, MPH, medical director of the Cape Cod Healthcare Physician Hospital Organization and Cape Cod Healthcare Accountable Care Organization (ACO). In addition, he has been appointed medical director of the CCHC employee health plan.

Dr. Sidhartha, an internal medicine physician with Emerald Physicians for the last 16 years, has been medical director of Emerald since 2016, but he left his private practice to assume the new roles.

As a proponent of scientific innovations, during 2016 and 2017, he led the FLAVORx clinical research trials studying the public health principle of access to healthy food and its effect on eating behavior and long-term disease management. The results of this research informed the Massachusetts State Plan's Food is Medicine health policy. Dr. Sidhartha continues to represent Cape Cod Healthcare in the planning council for this state-wide policy being developed by the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation team at Harvard Law School.

As medical director of the CCHC ACO, Dr. Sidhartha will lead a program that oversees more than 20,000 MassHealth patients on Cape Cod, in an effort to better coordinate care and improve outcomes. The ACO was launched in March 2018 and is a partnership between CCHC and its most closely affiliated physicians.

The CCHC employee health plan covers 7,820 employees and their family members.

Chamber Membership In State's Top 5

The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce once again made the Boston Business Journal's list of the largest chambers of commerce in Massachusetts.  Ranked by number of members as of July 1, the Cape chamber was listed with 1,226 members to rank at number four. Only the Worcester, Boston and South Shore Chambers ranked higher. 

Meanwhile, in other Chamber news, CEO Wendy Northcross has announced that Chanell Jatkola of West Yarmouth has been named the Chamber liaison for member services.


Community Health Center Honored
Community Health Center of Cape Cod recently was recognized by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)'s Bureau of Primary Healthcare for numerous quality improvement achievements in 2018. The non-profit organization was awarded grants for its success in Electronic Health Record Reporting, Clinical Quality Improvement, Health Center Quality, Advancing Health Information Technology and Achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition.

And they also have passed out an honor when, during this year's National Health Center Week, they announced the dedication of their Outreach and Enrollment Center to its collective founders. And Mary Ann Waygan, one of that company, additionally was honored with the opening of the Mary Ann Waygan Center for Health Access.

Outer Cape Health Services Gifted

Outer Cape Health Services has announced that Tom and Trish Kennedy of Brewster have pledged a one-million-dollar gift to the community health center's capital campaign—Enhancing Spaces, Impacting Lives. The gift is the largest private donation in the organization's history. The Enhancing Spaces, Impacting Lives campaign is underway to support the opening of a new OCHS community health center in Harwich Port by year end, and the rebuilding expansion of the existing OCHS Wellfleet health center set for completion in 2019. The Kennedy's historic gift will be applied to a naming opportunity at the new Harwich Port health center.

Previously OCHS received a one-million-dollar federal grant for the Harwich Port project from The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


In other news, OCHS has appointment of two new directors and one returning member to its Board of Directors, as well as the full slate of officers for 2018.

Larry Ballantine of Harwich and David L. Wilson of Provincetown join the board as first-time members, while Fred Gaechter of North Truro returns to the board.

"All three of these board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise and passion to the table," according to Patricia Nadle, OCHS CEO. "We are very fortunate to have them with us as we continue to strengthen our community healthcare services from the Lower to the Outer Cape."

The Executive Committee voted in for 2018 are:

President: Pamela French, MD, MPH, DTMH (Provincetown)

First Vice President: Ed McManus (Harwich)

Second Vice President: Robin B. Reid, Esq. (Provincetown)

Treasurer: Nancy Howard, MEd, MBA (Provincetown)

Clerk: Mary Grace Smith, MA, ABD (Wellfleet)

They also have named three new primary care providers to serve the Lower and Outer Cape at two of its three community health center sites.  The providers are Matthew Burdette, DO; Nubia Pineda Alcaraz, NP-C; and Mandy Shaw, FNP.

The Mashpee Chamber Names New Directors

New Directors at the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce nominated and approved by the Board are Marybeth Fenton, General Manager of L.L. Bean Mashpee, Maureen Gardner, Executive Director of Laurentide at Mashpee Commons, and Julie Quintero-Schulz, Director of Marketing from The Club at New Seabury.

Broad Reach Recognized

Broad Reach Healthcare announces it has received the Post-acute Collaborative Participation Award from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The award recognizes post-acute facilities that participate in the Collaborative and have shown dedication in improving the care stroke patients receive in the post-hospital setting in calendar year 2017.

Collaborative participants have been collecting data on stroke patients, participating in regional meetings and learning sessions, and participating in quality improvement activities in their facilities.

Broad Reach Healthcare's Neurology consultant, Dr. Karen Lynch has had an integral part in the development of the CARF accredited stroke program since 2014 and points out that stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the Commonwealth, and a leading cause of adult disability. Immediate assessment and treatment is critical to help improve outcomes.

Established in Chatham in 1986, Broad Reach Healthcare has grown into a multifaceted health care community with services including, Liberty Commons Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center, The Victorian Assisted Living Residence, Broad Reach Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic and Broad Reach Hospice & Palliative Care.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health designated Broad Reach Healthcare as a Coverdell Post-Hospital QI Collaborative member in 2014.

C&I United Way Taps Skala

Mark Skala, a seasoned marketing executive, journalist, and community leader, has been named the new president and CEO of the Cape and Islands United Way. Mr. Skala most recently served as vice president at Lighthouse Media Solutions, where he oversaw client relations services as well as the company's TV shows and video production. He previously worked in executive roles at Bank of Cape Cod and GateHouse Media.Mr. Skala lives in Hyannis with his wife, Kelly, and their three sons.