Thanks for Celebrating National Health Center Week With Us!
Hundreds of local patients, residents and community partners joined us and health centers across the country as we celebrated National Health Center Week, August 7-13. Participants enjoyed healthy activities that included a “pop-up” fresh fruit and veggie market, blood pressure and blood glucose screenings, pediatric dental screening, skin screening, plus snacks, prizes and helpful information at free events at each of our sites in Quincy and Taunton and at Nantasket Beach in Hull.
Premier Sponsors: Eaton Apothecary and Senior Whole Health
Community Partner Sponsors: Carney Hospital, BMC HealthNet Plan, and HealthMart Pharmacy - Nantasket Pharmacy
Good Neighbor Sponsors: Morton Hospital
In Kind Sponsors: Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation
City of Quincy Election Department
Protecting All Smiles
South Shore Home Care
Become a Health Center Advocate
Manet has been a strong advocate on behalf of our nation's health centers since our inception nearly 37 years ago. Please consider becoming a Health Center Advocate, too. Signing up is easy:
Click the link to sign up online: http://www.saveourchcs.org/signup.cfm. Be sure to select Manet Community Health Center as your health center and indicate your connection (Employee, Board Member, Patient, Volunteer, Community Partner, etc.), or
Text: HCADVOCATE to 52886 to join the network via text (use the keyword DEFENSOR to receive communications in Spanish).
Once you've signed up, use the social media sharing buttons to easily share to spread the word on Facebook or Twitter.
Thanks to the diligent work of our Performance Improvement and Clinical Leadership teams, Manet received HRSA Health Center Quality Improvement Grant Awards totaling $132,695. Manet ranked in the highest 25% of the nation’s health centers in 9 of 15 measures.
Now is the time to schedule back-to-school and sports physicals and eye exams! Our family medicine and pediatric providers and Vision Center will get you school-ready in a snap! Call Manet at 617-376-3000 to schedule your appointment today!
Summer is the Time to Schedule Back-To-School Check-Ups!
Dr. Charles Bell is an experienced pediatrician with a special interest in childhood obesity, teen depression and adolescent medicine. He sees patients from newborn to age 23 at our North Quincy and Hull practice sites. To request an appointment, call 617-376-3000.
Summer is a great time to check in with your health care provider to discuss what screenings and exams you need and when you need them and to schedule back-to-school check-ups.
Manet pediatrician Dr. Charles Bell says now is the time to get health checks and physicals out of the way before the back-to-school rush and the new school year starts. Dr. Bell suggests parents and caregivers schedule the following check-ups:
Routine well child exam, if the child has not had one within the past 6 months, with a thorough review of a child's immunization record and appropriate administration of deficient vaccine doses, as needed
Pre-sports and camp physical exams
Adolescent work or pre-employment physical exams
College admission physical exams and immunizations
Routine dental exam, if one has not been performed within the past 6 months
Additionally, summer is a good time for parents and caregivers to review safety tips -- including bike safety and water safety -- with children, he said.
John Ewald, MD Joins Manet, Taunton
Manet is pleased to welcome John Ewald, MD to our practice site at 1 Washington Street, Taunton, where he will see adult patients. Dr. Ewald is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Geriatric Medicine and is licensed to prescribe suboxone for opioid use disorder.
Dr. Ewald earned his medical degree at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburg, where he went on to complete a fellowship in nephrology and endocrinology. He also completed a fellowship in nephrology, transplant at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Presbyterian-University Health Care Center.
An excellent diagnostician, Dr. Ewald says he likes to talk with and listen to his patients and he strives to make his patients feel comfortable and take a comprehensive history.
To make an appointment, call 508-822-5500.
Manet, Taunton Celebrates Expansion
Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, State Senator Marc Pacheco, State Representative Pat Haddad, Mayor Thomas Hoye and James Hunt of the Mass. League of Community Health Centers joined Manet Community Health Center's Board President Joseph Reardon and CEO Cynthia Sierra in cutting the ribbon on the health center's newly expanded practice site in Taunton. The site at 1 Washington Street was filled to capacity on Thursday, July 21 with community partners and supporters who welcome Manet's expansion and the increased access to care it brings to the community.
"The impact this has for this community is extraordinary," said Congressman Kennedy. "I want to say thank you for what you do. You remind us that what comes after the name "Manet" is "Community." You make sure that we are doing what we can to ensure that people in need have access to high quality health care and you can help us make good on the promise that health care is a right for everyone not just a few."
Senator Marc Pacheco echoed the sentiment, saying, "This is an amazing day for our community. This is going to make a difference for thousands of families in Southeastern Massachusetts."
Before introducing Congressman Kennedy, James Hunt, President and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers stressed the importance of community health centers, noting that the health center movement started in Massachusetts in 1965 and proliferated across the nation thanks in large part to the staunch support of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. "Today, in Massachusetts, 50 community health center organizations provide high quality health care to over 951,000 state residents - and with Manet's expansion, it will be a million very soon," quipped Hunt.
The ribbon cutting revealed the addition of three new exam rooms and forecast the intent of further expansion at the Taunton site by March 2017. During the program, Sierra introduced the Manet, Taunton staff, including a new provider, Dr. John Ewald, who begins working at the site this month.
The Manet site in Taunton opened in 2014 with the support of a US Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, US Health Center Program, Affordable Care Act grant. Manet selected Taunton as the location for the center based on the unmet health needs in in the communities of Taunton, Raynham, Attleboro, Norton, Berkley, and Middleboro.
Kathleen McDevitt, FNP, joins Manet, North Quincy.
Kathleen McDevitt is a certified family nurse practitioner and sees patients of all ages at Manet’s North Quincy site. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Boston
Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Program and she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Simmons College in Boston.
Kathleen is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Her clinical interests are
Family Medicine and Adolescent Health.
Charles Bell, MD, pediatrics specialist, joins Manet, Hull and North Quincy.
Charles Bell, MD, joined the Manet team in February 2016. Dr. Bell specializes in pediatrics and sees patients from newborn to age 23 at Manet’s Hull and North Quincy sites.
Dr. Bell earned his medical degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at George W. Hubbard Hospital, also in Nashville. He was the recipient of a four-year National Health Service Corps scholarship and has experience working with diverse populations. He has a special interest in adolescent medicine, obesity in children and screening for teen depression.
Gregory Smith, MD, joins Manet, Hull.
Dr. Smith specializes in internal medicine and has been practicing on the South Shore since 1987. He earned his Medical Degree at the University of Rome in Rome, Italy and completed his internship and residency at St. Michael's Medical Center in New Jersey. Active in his community, Dr. Smith plays ice hockey with the South Coastal Men's Hockey League and is a member of Friends of Hanover Music, which supports music education in the Hanover school system. His personal interests include international travel, history, science and technology. He speaks fluent Italian and understands Spanish and Danish.
He is accepting new adult patients in Hull. To book an appointment, call 781-925-4550.
Jennifer Denton, MD, MPH, specializes in pediatrics and sees patients at Manet’s North Quincy and Hull practice sites.
Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, Dr. Denton has more than 15 years of pediatric experience in a variety of health care settings. She earned her medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, NY and a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her pediatric residency at Tufts Floating Hospital for Children in Boston, followed by a fellowship in General Pediatrics and Child Abuse and Family Violence Prevention at Children’s Hospital in Boston. She also completed a residency in radiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester and a rotating internship at Columbia University, Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY. She received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Denton is accepting new pediatric patients up to age 18 at Manet’s North Quincy office, 110 West Squantum Street, and in Hull office at 180 George Washington Boulevard. Call 617-376-3000 to make an appointment.
Christine Basile, MSN, APRN, FNP-C has joined our Family Medicine team in Taunton.
Christine is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with pediatric, adolescent and adult nursing experience. She is a graduate of the Regis College Accelerated Nursing Program. A member of the greater Taunton community, she comes to Manet with established relationships and knowledge of the Taunton/Attelboro community. Christine sees patients of all ages at Manet's Taunton practice site at One Washington Street, Mill River Place. For an appointment, call 508-822-5500.
Qiu Ci Li, PA-C has joined Manet's Family Medicine team at North Quincy.
Qiu Ci is a certified physician assistant who earned her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in Boston. She is fluent in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Toisanese. To schedule an appointment, call 617-376-3000.
Nikita Fitzcharles, MD, specializes in internal/adult medicine and will see patients primarily at Manet's Hull practice site.
Dr. Fitzcharles earned her medical degree at State University of New York, Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York, and completed her internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Saint Luke's Roosevelt Hospital also in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science from the City University of New York, The City College, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, where she received the Leonard Davis Community Service Fellowship. Dr. Fitzcharles is accepting new patients, age 18 and older, at Manet's Hull office at 180 George Washington Boulevard. Call 781-925-4550 to make an appointment.
Jennifer Sabir, MD Now Seeing Patients at Houghs Neck and Snug Harbor
Jennifer Sabir, MD, has relocated from Manet, Hull and is now seeing patients at Manet's Houghs Neck and Snug Harbor practice sites in Quincy, where she began her career at Manet in 2005. Dr. Sabir specializes in Family Medicine and sees patients of all ages. To make an appointment, call 617-471-8683 or 617-471-4715.
Meals on Wheels—A Lifeline for Seniors
Do you know someone who could benefit this holiday season?
Meal preparation is something most of us do every day without much thought or effort, but for some seniors it can be a difficult or impossible chore, particularly for those who are recovering from surgery or illness or who can't get to the market on a regular basis.
Manet Community Health Center, in partnership with South Shore Elder Services, offers a vital Meals on Wheels and catered lunch program to help support seniors in need.
Need help finding affordable health coverage that fits you and your family's needs? Ask us. We can help! It's free, confidential and we speak your language. For more information, call the Manet Navigation Hotline at 857-403-1557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Navigators are also offering assistance out in community settings during enrollment season.
Workshops Offered by the Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative
The Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative offers a variety of free wellness programs for residents of Quincy and Weymouth—focusing on hypertension, falls in the elderly, tobacco use and substance abuse. These programs are conducted by trained experts and are held in a multitude of clinical and community settings in Quincy and Weymouth.
Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund, these programs are conducted by trained experts in clinical and community settings in Quincy and Weymouth. And now you have more ways to stay connected and find out about these great programs! Visit our new website, www.QuincyWeymouthWellness.org, and our Facebook page www.facebook.com/QuincyWeymouthWellness.
In Their Own Words
Hear what Manet providers, staff and patients have to say about Manet’s unparalleled compassionate care.
Welcome to Manet Community Health Center
Luiz & Elizete
Dr. Shiner & Lea
Lily Yung, MD, and the Manet Adult medicine practice team were presented with The Barbara A. Morris Award for Distinguished Service for their commitment to Manet and the communities it serves. Patient Gwendolyn Franks explains why Dr. Yung and her team earned the honor.
Ready to Quit Smoking?
Manet Offers New Tobacco Cessation Services
Counseling and nicotine replacement therapy can double your odds of success at quitting smoking. Meet with our Wellness/Tobacco Counselor, Jennifer Turpel, to get started. Appointments are available for registered Manet patients at these locations and times:
We're launching a new Tobacco Cessation Support Group at Manet North Quincy in January 2015. Watch for details here and on Manet's Facebook page.
Creating Healthier South Shore
Communities for 36 Years
Manet has earned
Gold Seal of Approval™
Manet Community Health Center serves the broad preventive and primary care needs of the residents of the South Shore region through pediatrics,
family medicine, and internal medicine.
Founded in 1979, Manet has five practice sites
and a diverse staff who are committed to ensuring that our patients enjoy access
to all levels of the health care system. One of our priorities is providing
services for the medically underserved.
This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and deemed under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
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Here When You Need Us!
Manet offers urgent and routine medical appointments on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in our North Quincy and Hull locations. Dr. Karla Talledo is available to see patients in North Quincy and Dr. Vandana Bijoor is available in Hull. Nurse appointments are also available.
All of our Quincy and Hull sites also offer evening hours.
Call 617-376-3000 for an appointment.
At Manet Community Health Center, we believe that everyone has the right to accessible, high quality and compassionate health care close to home. By supporting our mission, you are not just making a difference in the lives of thousands of patients in Quincy, Hull and Taunton and surrounding communities who call Manet their medical home; you are making a difference in our community. Please consider giving your support today!
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