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Dr. Maryanne C. Bombaugh Is Elected Massachusetts Medical Society President

Maryanne C. Bombaugh, MD, MSc, MBA, FACOG, a gynecologist at Community Health Center of Cape Cod, has been elected president of the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Dr. Bombaugh, a Falmouth resident and a veteran of the United States military, will serve a one-year term as the top officer of the medical society, the statewide professional association of physicians and medical students with more than 25,000 members. She joined the staff of Community Health Center of Cape Cod in 2016.

Dr. Bombaugh earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and completed her internship at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston Texas and her residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Bombaugh earned her undergraduate degree from Smith College, a Master of Science degree from the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts and her Master's degree in Business Administration from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Bombaugh also serves as a delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) from Massachusetts, was recently appointed by the AMA as a member to its Council on Legislation and is a director on the board of Coverys.

 

Fitch Ratings Upgrades CCHC

Fitch Ratings, Inc. has assigned an AA rating to Cape Cod Healthcare, an upgrade from the ratings agency's previous rating A. It was accompanied by a Fitch Rating Outlook of "stable."

Fitch Ratings explained that "The assignment of 'AA-' IDR and the upgrade of the bond rating are supported by Fitch's assessment of a strong financial profile reflecting favorable adjusted leverage metrics in Fitch's forward-looking scenario, the organization's dominant market position in the Cape Cod service area, its solid operating results and manageable capital plan." CCHC president and CEO Michael Lauf noted, "As we approach next year's 100th anniversary of Cape Cod Hospital's founding, it's gratifying to know that we, the current stewards of this exceptional healthcare system, have ensured that we will enter the next 100 years healthy and strong."

 

New Duties For Dr. Sidhartha At CCHC

Cape Cod Health Care announces 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.

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 has made the Boston Business Journal's list of the largest chambers of commerce in Massachusetts. As of last July, the Cape chamber was listed with 1,226 members to rank at number four. Only the Worcester, Boston and South Shore Chambers ranked higher.

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

The Chamber also elected new directors and officers at its 97th Annual Meeting where

the Joshua A. Nickerson Society Award was presented to Tony & Lorraine Shepley of Shepley Wood Products for significant community support and philanthropy over the past 40 years.

Directors and officers elected included new board chair Robert (Bert) Talerman, First Executive Vice President/Executive Lending Officer with Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank; Co-Vice Chairs Linda Markham, President of Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines, and Janet Feeney of DePaola & Begg PC; Lisa Oliver, President & CEO of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod as Treasurer and David Troutman of Scargo Café as Clerk. Larry Drago of Biz Checks Payroll will continue to serve as immediate past chair.

New directors included James Tenaglia of Tenaglia/Gardiner Wealth Management Services, Betsy Rich of HyLine Cruises, Noelle Pina of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Gary Thulander of Chatham Bars Inn, Anne Scott-Putney of Heritage Museums & Gardens, Ryan O'Loughlin of The Davenport Companies, Carol Edmondson of Cape Cod Village Realty, and Emily Schorer of Cape Cod Healthcare.

 

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.

They also passed out an honor 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.

In other news, OCHS has appointed 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.

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

 

Mashpee Chamber Names New Directors

New Directors at the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce 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.

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.

 

Blue Rock Names G.M.

Red Jacket Resorts announcethe appointment of Gina Piscillo as the new General Manager at the company's Blue Rock Resort in South Yarmouth. She has more than 14 years of experience in various Food & Beverage and hospitality roles and is a graduate from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island.

 

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 the closing of the skilled nursing arm of its Harwich Road complex. The separate assisted living branch of the facility remains open.

They explained the action was taken because of factors mitigating against their ability to make needed physical upgrades to the current somewhat aging structure