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The Pavilion Rehab/Nursing Center Earns 5-Star Rating

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded The Pavilion Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Hyannis its highest five-star rating.

CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing homes among each of the nation's Medicare and/or Medicaid-certified communities. Nursing Home Compare provides quality ratings to each of the nation's Medicare and/or Medicaid-certified communities. The facilities are rated from one star to five stars based on three critical areas: health inspection results, quality measures and staffing levels.

Facilities with five stars, like The Pavilion Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, are considered to have "much above average quality."

Detailed information on these ratings can be found at More about The Pavilion Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is available at 508-775-6663 or


Provincetown's Breakwater Hotel Is Sold

Provincetown's beachfront landmark Breakwater Hotel, the very first motel built in Provincetown, has been purchased by Lexvest Breakwater LLC, an affiliate of The Lexvest Group of Shirley. Renovations and upgrades were expected to be completes in time to kick off the 2019 tourist season.

Company Principal Eric Shapiro who made the announcement knows the area well as his family has summered on Cape Cod for decades. In 2012, Lexvest bought and renovated the nearby Cape Colony Inn. Lexvest bought the Breakwater from Fred Sateriale whose family owned it since 1968.

The Lexvest Group is a Massachusetts real estate investment, development and management company specializing in value-add commercial real estate with a focus on Outer Cape hospitality properties and office and light industrial space throughout central Massachusetts.

Substance Use Drop-In Night Returns To Mashpee Health Center

The Community Health Center of Cape Cod announces that it will again host the Mashpee Substance Use Drop-In Nights on the first Tuesday of every month from 4-7 p.m.

The program was launched by the Mashpee Substance Use Task Force last June to provide treatment options, counseling and education to individuals and families struggling with substance use and addiction.

It has been successful in helping people connect to services and resources, such as access to treatment beds, counseling appointments or recovery programs. The program is free and open to the public and is run as an open house with different human services organizations represented, including South Bay Mental Center, Gosnold on Cape Cod, Community Health Center of Cape Cod, Duffy Health Center, AdCare and Parents Supporting Parents.

At the end of last year, the event was moved to the Mashpee Public Library, but the program returned to the Health Center beginning in April.

Meanwhile the Health Center also continues to do its own part to combat Cape Cod's opioid crisis by offering three addictions programs: Step Forward, a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program (MAT) and a Structured Outpatient Addictions Program (SOAP). These programs are wide-ranging, accessible to all and align with CHC's mission to improve the health of the community through the provision of comprehensive, high quality, compassionate health care to all, regardless of ability to pay.

For more on the Health Center's addictions services, call 508 477-7090.


Sr. Living Advisors Adding New Service
2 Sisters Senior Living Advisors announce they are now offering a fee-based nursing home advising service from a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.
They explain they cannot accept compensation from nursing homes yet clients continue to ask for this service when assisted living is not an appropriate option. Now, for a fee, they will offer the in-depth guidance that families who are navigating the challenges of finding a nursing home have been seeking.
The flat-ray fee for the Nursing Home Advisory Service is $600, which can be utilized as a part of a Medicaid spend-down, includes a side-by-side comparison of quality of care indicators and performance data. Emily Felix explains how to analyze and understand this report along with guidance to navigate the admissions process.

Cape STEM Network Adds Jobs, Internship Page
The Cape Cod Regional STEM Network has announced the addition of a new Jobs and Internship Page to their website. The page lists STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) internships and job opportunities for high school students, college students, and professionals in the Cape Cod region and functions as a place to both search and list relevant opportunities.
Local companies are invited to post their internship and job listings using the easy button that is provided, and both students and adults seeking positions are urged to check back often at as new posts are added regularly.

This resource is provided to the community for free by the STEM Network as part of their mission to be an inspiration hub for tomorrow's innovators.



The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Town of Barnstable and the Cape Cod Blue Economy Foundation, Inc., has received a $1 million grant to create Expedition: Blue! - a major step toward the regional branding of the Blue Economy. Funded by Governor Baker's Seaport Economic Council, Expedition: Blue! will create a network of interconnected permanent installations at sites that tell the story of the Cape region's connection to the sea, our place in world ocean research and discovery, our fishing and aquaculture heritage, and our strong inventory of blue economy institutions and industries, among other topics. The Cape Cod Blue Economy Project is an initiative of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and its subsidiary, the Cape Cod Blue Economy Foundation.


Barnstable County Department of Human Services has been awarded a Homeless Youth Services grant from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) to conduct a community needs assessment and provide support services for homeless youth and young adults. The $232,841.00 grant award will be dispersed to five community-based organizations that work with homeless youth and young adults – Housing Assistance Corporation, Homeless Prevention Council, CHAMP Homes, Martha Vineyard Community Services, and Nantucket Fairwinds.

New Appointments

Outer Cape Health Services has named four new directors to serve on its 12-member board of directors for 2019. New directors are Marianne Alciati, PhD, of Wellfleet, Kathleen "Kass" Goodwin of Provincetown, Patti Hartsfield, RN, BSN, MN, of Yarmouthport, and Michael Peterson of Eastham.


The Duffy Health Center announces that Sara Gram Bach has joined its leadership team as Director of Development and Community Relations.
Ms. Grambach has lived and worked on Cape Cod for 10 years in development, marketing and communications roles at Cape Cod Healthcare and Cape Cod Academy. She holds a BA in Journalism from The University of Georgia and an MS in Health Communications from Tufts University School of Medicine.
She also has served as a Town Councilor for the Town of Barnstable and on the board of Cape Cod Young Professionals and in 2016 was named one of the area's 40 Under 40 awardees by Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine.


The Club at New Seabury has named Bob Higgins Director of Membership. A veteran in the hospitality industry, Mr. Higgins has spent 12 years in roles ranging from Director of Membership to General Manager. He started his career in hospitality at New Seabury in 2003, developing and executing a comprehensive membership drive that resulted in more than 300 new members in a five-year period then experienced similar successes at Ocean Edge Resort and Club and The Ridge Club.
Mr. Higgins is a graduate of Bentley University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Management. He is a member of the Club Managers' Association of America, New England Club Managers Association and Professional Club Marketing Association


The Community Health Center of Cape Cod has hired Dr. Thomas Andrea OD, FAAO as Director of Optometry Services and Mashpee resident Laura Kanter, PhD, as its first Director of Integrated Services. Dr. Kanter will support the integration of behavioral health, complex care and primary care, working closely with Behavioral Health Director Alice Cook and Complex Care Manager Elizabeth Clark. In addition, she will develop community programs in the Health Center's four office locations in Mashpee, Falmouth, Bourne and Centerville. Dr. Andrea, a resident of Sandwich, most recently served as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the New England School of Optometry and as an Attending Optometrist at the Lynn Community Health Center.

Dr. Andrea is accepting new patients ages 6 and up and has an interest in caring for patients with systemic and ocular diseases, such as diabetes, macular degeneration and co-managing glaucoma. Community Health Center of Cape Cod offers optometry services at its Mashpee office and recently increased its optometry services with the addition of teleretinal cameras at its Falmouth and Bourne locations. The optometry office in Mashpee also will be expanded soon.


Here are the Red Cross Heroes Class of 2018, professionals going above and beyond the call of duty along with ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help people,

Sgt. Sean Gannon, Yarmouth Police Department (Posthumously); Retired Yarmouth Police Officer Peter McClelland; Officer John Munise, Taunton Police Department (Posthumously); Seekonk Police Department-Officers Michael Knox, Wayne Thornhill, James Nelson & Alicia Kelly; Avery Nardone, Yarmouth Lifeguard; Christopher Azevedo, Retired Army National Guard, New Bedford; AST2 Mike Kelly, US Coast Guard, Mashpee; Lorraine Cabral, Fairhaven; Michael Dimond, Middleborough; Nicholas Callahan South Dennis; Kevin McCarthy (West Barnstable); Dana Passante, Yarmouth; Rosemary Heath, Taunton; Jeff Turner & Doug Lindley, Nantucket; Robert Mahoney, East Dennis; Abigail Field, Pleasant Bay Community Boating, Harwich.


The Community Health Center of Cape Cod announces that Senior Giving Officer Alexandra Speck has been named a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) by CFRE International and that Dr. Theresa Guanci, DMD, has won the Massachusetts Dental Society's prestigious 10 Under 10 Award. The award recognizes 10 member dentists who have been in the profession for 10 years or less and made a significant contribution to their profession and their community. Dr. Guanci has been with the Health Center since 2014 and was promoted to Dental Director in 2016.