September 24, 2018
 
Outer Cape Health Services Gets $1M Gift for Expansion

September 1, 2018 — Outer Cape Health Services, a nonprofit based in Harwich Port that operates community health centers in Harwich, Wellfleet, and Provincetown, this week announced it has received the largest private donation in the organization’s history, a gift of $1 million, in connection with its current capital campaign.

The gift, from Tom and Trish Kennedy of Brewster, supports the Enhancing Spaces, Impacting Lives campaign, which seeks to raise $7 million to fund a new community health center in Harwich Port by yearend and expand the existing Wellfleet health center in 2019.

“The success of the Enhancing Spaces, Impacting Lives campaign will provide greater access to primary care and behavioral health services to thousands of Cape residents who have no or few options closer than Hyannis or Boston," said Pamela French, board president of Outer Cape Health Services (OCHS). “Our expanded and improved Harwich Port and Wellfleet sites will provide the space and resources to meet our community’s dynamic healthcare needs for decades to come.”

Trish Kennedy noted, “The Lower and Outer Cape towns have an urgent need for modern, community-based, full-service healthcare facilities – medical home centers for all residents, regardless of ability to pay.

“Healthcare has become a political punching bag, while everyone in our community suffers from lack of inadequate services. We are proud to support this valiant effort by Outer Cape Health to finally make the Harwich Port facility available to all who call these towns home.”

The capital campaign is the first of its scope for OCHS. Five years ago a smaller campaign raised $200,000.

To date, the Enhancing Spaces, Impacting Lives campaign has raised $2 million, in addition to a $1 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.

Patricia A. Nadle, CEO of OCHS, said, “We are receiving support and great interest from all aspects of the community including private individuals, foundations, and government entities on these two important health center projects. We are humbled and anticipate working with all of our stakeholders over the next few years to complete this capital campaign.”

Serving as honorary chairs of the campaign are David B. Willard and Irene Daitch of Wellfleet, and Thomas P. O’Neill III and John Our of Harwich Port.

Founded in 1987, OCHS offers primary care, specialty and urgent care, behavioral health, and dental services, in addition to two pharmacies in Provincetown and Wellfleet, as well as specialty programs. In 2017, OCHS served nearly 17,000 residents and visitors to the Lower and Outer Cape annually with more than 70,000 total patient visits.

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