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Residents in Quincy, MA, are in Good Health

Quincy residents benefit from inclusive, accessible health care. 

By Patsy B. Weiler on October 4, 2022

Nurse checks a woman's blood pressure at Courtesy of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, near Quincy, MA.
Courtesy of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton

Listen carefully, and you will hear a strong heartbeat of community service echoing throughout the Quincy area. The sound originates from the variety of compassionate health care professionals dedicated to meeting the medical needs of all their neighbors.

Community Health Benefits check presentation to DOVE Inc. Left to right: Sadie Blanco, DOVE communications and development associate, Dawn Hayes, director, DOVE marketing and philanthropy, Sue Chandler, executive director, DOVE, and Rich Fernandez, president, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton stand with a check to donate to DOVE, Inc. at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton in Quincy, MA.
Courtesy of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton

Health Care Beyond Walls

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton’s strong commitment to improving health care goes well beyond its walls. The hospital, known as BID-Milton, is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a 100-bed acute care hospital with medical and surgical inpatient care and 24-hour emergency and outpatient health services.

Working closely with residents and local organizations, BID-Milton’s Community Benefits Program strives to provide opportunities, funding and programming to improve community members’ physical, social and mental health in MiltonQuincy and the surrounding areas.

“We have a vital role to play in addressing health needs outside of the hospital, and we are committed to advancing the health of our communities,” says Richard Fernandez, president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton.

The facility recently provided two Quincy organizations with $15,000 grants each ($5,000 over three years). 

Quincy Asian Resources Inc. utilized the money to support its “Getting the Teens Out” program. This social group is geared toward low-income immigrant teens and their caregivers to assist them with emotional stress caused partly by social isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and facilitate connections to further mental health resources.

The grant presented to DOVE (DOmestic Violence Ended) provided emergency assistance to domestic violence survivors. It was used to address immediate needs supporting increased safety and well-being, including resources for housing, utilities and access to healthy food.

A nurse and patient talk during a routine visit at Manet Community Health Center in Quincy, MA.
Manet Community Health Center

A Coalition of Care

Quality care providers blanket the region. Among them is South Shore Medical Center, a multi-specialty medical practice in Quincy that cares for thousands of patients on the South Shore each year. South Shore Health’s medical center offers expert care in internal medicine, family medicine, dermatology, and obstetrics/gynecology.

The Blue Hills Community Health Alliance, comprised of about 150 organizations and agencies interacting in Quincy and 13 nearby communities, serves as an important hub of information and action. Also known as CHNA 20, it is one of multiple Community Health Network Areas across the state — coalitions of public, nonprofit and private-sector organizations that work together to build healthier neighborhoods through community-based prevention planning and health promotions.

The organization’s programming supports sustainable change through collaborative, interdisciplinary efforts addressing the root causes of health disparities, such as lack of access to care and being underinsured or uninsured.

Recently, the alliance organized a regional coordinating council focused on building a healthier community to determine these barriers and ensure residents have equitable access to necessary transportation.

Aerial shot of the Hancock Adams Common in Quincy, MA.
Nicole Loeb

Doors Open to Everyone

Founded in 1979, Manet Community Health Center is a not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center dedicated to providing unfettered access to primary, same-day and behavioral health care (mental health and addiction care) for all, regardless of ability to pay or coverage status. Manet operates three locations in Quincy, including a Community Outreach and Prevention Services Office, which annually offers free and confidential services to thousands of at-risk individuals, including walk-in testing.

The health center treats newborns through senior citizens and an extensive international population of patients. Their culturally and linguistically sensitive programs and services include acute and preventive care, chronic disease management, infectious disease care, specialty access and referrals, diagnostic laboratory, HIV/STI prevention, OB/GYN care, LGBTQ+ care and opioid overdose prevention/naloxone training and distribution. It also offers health insurance navigation, telemedicine services, COVID-19 testing and vaccination, on-site pharmacy, vision care and more.

Compass Medical is a physician-owned and directed medical practice that welcomes the whole family to its state-of-the-art facility in Quincy.

A team of primary providers and specialists includes cardiology, endocrinology, diabetic educators and podiatry. Compass hosts food drives at its six locations across Massachusetts. It offers a variety of in-person and online behavioral health classes to help manage stress, anxiety, emotional eating and more. Participants learn positive, practical coping skills that promote lifestyle change.

If you’d like to learn more about Quincy, MA, check out the latest edition of the Livability: Quincy, MA magazine.

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