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Media Alert: Influenza Status on Cape Cod

Influenza and influenza-like illness activity continues to be widespread on Cape Cod and throughout the state, according to a recent advisory from the state Department of Public Health (MADPH). The following information is intended as a public service announcement from Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) to update and educate the Cape Cod community about the flu outbreak:
According to the latest advisory from the MADPH, influenza activity is considered “widespread” in Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties, which is also what most of the rest of the state and country are experiencing.
CCHC prepared early in the year for an active flu season and has the necessary resources to adequately treat all patients.
The flu usually has an abrupt onset and is characterized by the presence of fever, sore throat, cough, and muscle aches and pains. A cold comes on gradually and may have many different combinations of symptoms, such as a stuffy head and nose, runny nose and watery eyes, and/or coughing and sneezing.
Treat your flu symptoms at home with plenty of rest, fluids and medication for fever and achiness. See your primary care provider as soon as possible. If it’s determined that you have the flu, there are medications that can lessen the severity and duration of the illness, if taken early when symptoms first start.  However, if one is prescribed, have someone else fill it for you, so you are not taking the illness into public areas.
If your fever is not responding to your medications (antipyretics), your breathing symptoms get worse after about 48 hours, and/or you are not able to keep up with fluid intake. Seek further treatment or go to the hospital.
Vaccination is the best protection against the flu, and there is still time to get a shot and have some protection for the rest of the flu season. There is still plenty of supply in the community and, even though this year’s vaccination is not a perfect match to the most common influenza strain we are seeing, it will still give you some protection and may weaken the effects of the virus, if you do get it.
Wash your hands frequently. Flu germs can be carried on dirty hands and infect everyone they touch. 
People with chronic illnesses, older adults, pregnant women and young children are most vulnerable. To protect them you should:
Get vaccinated
Have everyone in the household get vaccinated
Wash your hands and wash their hands
Practice safe “cough etiquette” (coughing into your elbow or tissues)
Keep them away from crowds and people who may be sick
Continue to manage their health so they can be their healthiest at all times.
For further information about the flu and this year’s activity, visit the MADPH flu page on


American Red Cross Lists Its Heroes Class Of 2017

The American Red Cross of the Cape, Islands & Southeast Massachusetts will once again honor local community members who have saved a life, helped someone in need, or served the community in an extraordinary way at its 16th Annual Heroes Breakfast, April 13 at The Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.
Following are local residents among the honorees:
Community Impact Hero: David Willard, Orleans.
Life Saving Heroes: Robert Robello, Lila Burke and Kathy O’Neill, Mashpee; Mark Adams, West Yarmouth; Linda Backus, Harwich; Austin Davis, Hyannis; Thomas H. Lanman, III, Cotuit; Melissa Averinos, West Barnstable; David Sprague, West Tisbury.
Professional Heroes: Jake Avery, Town of Barnstable Lifeguard; Deputy Sheriff Eric Iverson, Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office.
Armed Forces Hero: AST 3 Brendan Kiley, USCG Air Station Cape Cod.
Community Service Heroes: Lori Miranda, Dennis; Robert Hollis, Plymouth; Mark Corliss, Hyannis.
Youth Hero: Luke Stringer, Nantucket.

Cape Cod Healthcare Announces11 2018 Community Benefits Awards

Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) has announced the 11 recipients of its FY2018 Community Benefits Annual Strategic Grants totaling more than $250,000:

  • Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support Center – free care consultation for families

  • NAMI Cape Cod – Mental Health First Aid training

  • Cape Wellness Collaborative – integrative therapies for cancer patients

  • YMCA Cape Cod – Livestrong at the Y program expansion

  • Cape Cod Times Needy Fund – safety net program for individuals with chronic and infectious disease

  • Samaritans of Cape Cod and the Islands – elder suicide outreach programs

  • Team Maureen – HPV prevention through Cape-wide education

  • AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod  - Hepatitis C outreach, testing and connection to care

  • Cape Cod Cooperative Extension – tick-borne disease prevention videos

  • Housing Assistance Corporation – HAC Family Shelter Health and Wellness programs

  • A Baby Center – infant car seat program

The FY2018 Annual Strategic Grant RFP concentrated on chronic and infectious disease management and disease prevention and wellness - two of the four health priorities and goals identified in the 2017-2019 Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Report and Implementation Plan.
The strategic grant cycle is part of the Cape Cod Healthcare Community Benefits Grants Distribution program. In addition to the $250,000 awarded through the Annual Strategic Grant RFP process, an additional $850,000 in grant funding is distributed through special project grants to strengthen community-clinical linkages, mini-grants, and annual grants to federally qualified health centers in the region.

Latham Centers’ Community Center Capital Campaign Half-Way To Goal

Latham Centers announces it has reached a milestone in its $2.1 million capital campaign to renovate the former New England Fire and History Museum into a Community Center.
The non-profit organization serving children and adults with Prader-Willi syndrome and other complex special needs has raised over $1.2 million for the new Community Center on Main Street (Route 6A) in Brewster. Design plans include a gymnasium, fitness center, auditorium and stage, art room, technology room, wood shop, and classroom. The project will expand Latham’s residential school campus—less than ½ mile away, across Route 6A—to include much needed space for its students and adult residents. Latham will welcome area organizations to share its new space. 
Latham Centers President and CEO Anne McManus recognized the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod for its $50,000 grant and these area businesses who donated significant amounts: Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club; Rogers and Gray Insurance; Cape Associates; Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust; and Rockland Federal Credit Union.
The planned renovations are on-track to begin before the end of 2018. To donate to the Latham Community Center, contact Heather Kelsey, Latham Centers’ Director of Development, at or 508-896-5776 ext. 215.

U.S. Agency Taps Cape Lyme Doc

Dr. Sam Donta, recently retired Falmouth Hospital infectious disease specialist, has been named by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services to be a new member of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. He will be a member of the Pathogenesis, Transmission and Treatment sub-committee. Dr. Donta, who says he has treated literally thousands of Lyme Disease cases through his career, is a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America.

Philanthropy Partners Add Board Members

The Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands (PPCI) have announced the addition of new members to its volunteer board of directors: Wendy Cullinan of Sandwich, Jennifer Cummings of Onset, and Christopher Ellis of Brewster.
The following board members were re-elected for one-year terms as PPCI officers: President, Pauline Neves, CFRE of Mashpee, Vice-President, Kristin O'Malley of West Barnstable, Treasurer Jay Coburn of Truro and Secretary Kathy Zagzebski of Buzzards Bay.

Community Health Center Of Cape Cod Adds Staff

Community Health Center of Cape Cod announces the addition of two new staff members.
Barbara Gionet Hasson, MS, RN, GNP-BC has come on board as a Nurse Practitioner. She formerly worked as a Dermatology Nurse Practitioner at the Veteran’s Administration in Santa Rosa, CA, where she treated patients with medical skin conditions and supervised and trained nursing support staff.
Linda LePoer, RN, MSN, CNS is a Clinical Psychiatric Nurse Specialist, working in the Health Center’s Behavioral Health department. Most recently, she served as a prescriber for Devereux School in Rutland and for Eagle Hill School in Hardwick while continuing her private practice in Westminster. She also has worked at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, managing patients’ medications, conducting group sessions and providing psychotherapy and case management with interdisciplinary coordination.
The center also reminds patients that walk-in services are available at its Mashpee office for sick visits, such as flu, cold, cough, sore throat and other minor illness or injury.
The walk-in hours are:
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.-noon

CHAMP Homes Executive Director To Leave

CHAMP Homes announces that Beth Wade will step down as its Executive Director on June 30. 
“As many of you know, it can be a challenge to follow a founding executive director. And it certainly has been a demanding three years,” she explained. “We have accomplished much of what we set out to do—and I am especially proud of the programmatic work we have done.   
Recently, I became a grandmother; and I would like to spend a bit more time with my grandsons.  So, at this pivotal point in my life, I have decided to explore some new educational and vocational opportunities.
“Seventeen years ago, I walked into CHAMP Homes for the first time. I am ever grateful to have met Paul and Carolyn Hebert and to have been invited into this precious and grace-filled work.  CHAMP Homes is in my heart—and as I told the board, I remain committed to the organization and the individuals it serves— just in new ways.”

The Club At New Seabury Names Marketing Director
The Club at New Seabury “New Seabury” has named Julie Quintero-Schulz of Centerville to the newly created position of Director of Marketing.