Wellfleet Health Center Reconstruction to Commence as New Harwich Port Health Center Opens

Wellfleet Health Center Reconstruction to Commence as New Harwich Port Health Center Opens

HARWICH PORT, MA11/15/2018 – Outer Cape Health Services (OCHS) today announced that the reconstruction of its Wellfleet health center will commence this month. The construction project will be led by Pariseault Builders Inc. of Rhode Island, the winning bidders for the work scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2019. Pariseault will begin pre-construction of the site on November 26. The Wellfleet Health Center, located at 3130 Route 6, is the original site of the center opened in 1966 as the Association for Improving the Medical Resources of Outer Cape Cod ("AIM").

As the OCHS Wellfleet health center temporarily closes, the new OCHS Harwich Port health center is slated to open for business Monday, December 3, 2018. The last day Wellfleet health center patients will be seen in Wellfleet will be Friday, November 30. The existing OCHS Harwich health center on Chatham Road in South Harwich will close permanently on November 30 and resume scheduled visits at the new and expanded Harwich Port health center at 710 MA 28 in Harwich Port, directly across from Brax Landing Restaurant.

During the temporary Wellfleet closure, patient visits normally conducted at the Wellfleet health center will be seen at OCHS Provincetown or the new OCHS Harwich Port health center beginning December 3 through the spring of 2019. Patients unclear about their appointment locations can call the OCHS Patient Access Center at 508-905-2888 for clarification and confirmation.

Existing staff and medical providers from the Wellfleet health center will continue to be employed in Provincetown and/or Harwich Port to accommodate increased visits at these centers. Wellfleet health center patients with December appointments have been informed via mail, phone, email, and text message of the location of their upcoming visits.

"In the end, the community will be rewarded with the long-awaited opening of a new Wellfleet health center replacing the existing 52-year-old structure—the oldest standing community health center in Massachusetts," according to Patricia A. Nadle, OCHS Chief Executive Officer. "We are also excited to grow on the Lower Cape with our new Harwich Port site which will more than double our current capacity to serve this medically underserved region."

Both the Harwich Port and Wellfleet projects are being funded in part by OCHS’ Capital Campaign: Enhancing Spaces, Impacting Lives —a multi-year effort to raise funds toward the construction and equipment costs. The balance will be realized through increased patient volume revenue and long-term, low-interest financing.

Honorary Capital Campaign Chairs are David B. Willard and Irene Daitch, both of Wellfleet, and Thomas P. O’Neill III and John Our, both of Harwich Port. To learn more about ways to support the campaign, contact Kathleen Weiner, OCHS Chief Development Officer at 508-905-2851 or kweiner@outercape.org.