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News & Events

Below you'll find the latest news and events.

The Holyoke Health Center and all locations will be CLOSING at 2PM on Thursday, December 24th and CLOSED on Friday, December 25th for the holiday.

Normal business hours will resume on Monday, December 28th

CEO, Jay Breines and CMO, Dr. Alejandro Esparza-Perez stop for a photo after receiving the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

Holyoke, MA – On Tuesday, December 22nd Holyoke Health Center’s CEO, Jay Breines, announced the arrival of the first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. “Our staff have been preparing for this over the past few weeks and within hours of the vaccine arrival, our vaccine clinic was put into final operational state and the first vaccines are now being administered to our staff”. The Holyoke Health Center, located at 230 Maple Street in Holyoke, is among the first community health centers in the state to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for vaccination of their frontline healthcare workers.

The Holyoke Health Center received a total of 400 vaccinations between their two health center locations in Holyoke and Chicopee. According to the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan, healthcare workers are the first group to receive the vaccine during Phase 1 of the plan. Marlo Connor, Holyoke Health Center’s Chief Operating Officer stated “the goal is to reach universal vaccination within our health center staff so that we can be at full strength to implement the next, larger phase to vaccinate all of our high risk patients and eventually any of our patients who want to be vaccinated in the coming months.”

The Holyoke Health Center hosted their first COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for high priority staff on Wednesday, December 23rd. Among the first who received the vaccine on Wednesday morning was Holyoke Health Center’s Chief Medical Officer, Alejandro Esparza-Perez, who felt it was important to show staff and patients alike that getting vaccinated is one of the most important things anyone can do at this time, and that it is safe and effective. During the first vaccine clinic, CMO, Dr. Esparza stated “I am thankful for all the healthcare workers who continue to work tirelessly, and most importantly, I am thankful for all those who are choosing to get vaccinated because your actions speak louder than words - you are all an example of strength and doing your part to once and for all end this pandemic. The only way we are going to defeat this terrible virus is to band together and get vaccinated.”

Over the next two weeks the Holyoke Health Center will continue to vaccinate all employees who choose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine requires a two-dose vaccination, and the second dose will be administered 28 days after the first dose was received. The Holyoke Health Center anticipates additional shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine in early 2021 to begin administering to health center patients as part of the Commonwealth’s Phase 2 Vaccine Plan.

To learn more about the Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Plan, visit COVID-19 Vaccine in Massachusetts | Mass.gov
To learn more about the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, visit Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine | FDA

The organization will provide funds to support an initiative that tackles gaps in care amid COVID-19

HOLYOKE, MA – December 17, 2020 – Commonwealth Care Alliance® (CCA) has extended a $50,000 award to Holyoke Health Center, a Massachusetts Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), to help fund essential programing for our members with significant needs. The programming will improve access to preventive care, flu vaccination, and COVID-19 vaccination during this unprecedented time of crisis. CCA, a not-for-profit community-based healthcare organization that provides and coordinates care for individuals with complex medical, behavioral health and social needs, including those with disabilities, launched the Quality Initiative Program as part of their ongoing effort to improve health outcomes for the most at-risk Massachusetts residents amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Nearly a quarter of CCA’s 38,000+ members receive primary or specialized care at FQHCs in communities across Massachusetts, including 33 percent of members in CCA’s Senior Care Options plan, which serves individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid aged 65 and older. Holyoke Health Center is a long-standing partner of CCA.


“We are thrilled to provide Holyoke Health Center with funds that will be used to provide critical support and help achieve our overall goal of addressing inequalities in care for elderly patients and those who have chronic and pre-existing health conditions,” said Umar Farooq, General Manager of Massachusetts at CCA. “The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed numerous gaps in care, and this program facilitates strategies aimed at addressing and improving our healthcare system in the Commonwealth while focusing on individuals who are the most at-risk.”


“The Holyoke Health Center applauds CCA’s recognition of the importance of keeping our patients up to date as we work to avoid any gaps in preventative or chronic care management. As the largest Primary Care provider in the Holyoke community, we work hard to make sure that all of our patients, including our Senior Care Option patients, will get the support that we can offer so that they “stay in care” during these hard times,” said Jay Breines, CEO of Holyoke Health Center. “Having dedicated individuals to provide ongoing care coordination and oversight to our patients with chronic care conditions is essential to providing high quality care. It is so helpful and important that as one of our primary insurance programs, CCA understands and appreciates our efforts aimed at keeping our patients healthy, especially in today’s
environment. We are very grateful that CCA has recognized our work by providing the funding
that helps support these care gap initiatives.”


The Quality Initiative Program will fund up to $1.05 million to FQHCs across the state. CCA will
partner closely with Holyoke Health Center to ensure they have the support needed to
implement their program effectively and improve health outcomes for the members they serve.

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About Commonwealth Care Alliance
Commonwealth Care Alliance® (CCA) is the not-for-profit, community-based healthcare
organization whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of people with significant
needs by innovating, coordinating and providing the highest quality, individualized care. CCA is
a nationally recognized leader in providing care for high-cost, high-needs individuals through a
proven model that improves quality and health outcomes while reducing overall costs of care.
In Massachusetts, CCA’s two health plans serve 38,000 members who are dually eligible for
Medicaid and Medicare. For four consecutive years, CCA’s One Care plan earned a top rating
from a consumer survey conducted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS),
and CMS rated CCA’s Senior Care Options 4.5 out of 5 stars for 2021. CCA was named one of
the Top Places to Work in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe in 2020. Learn more about CCA’s
pioneering healthcare solutions and validated care model at
http://www.commonwealthcarealliance.org/ or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Due to inclement weather, Holyoke Health Center and all locations are CLOSED on Thursday, December 17th.

Normal business hours will resume on Friday, December 18th.

The Holyoke Health Center and all locations will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

THE HOLYOKE HEALTH CENTER AND ALL LOCATIONS ARE CLOSED ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 12th FOR THE HOLIDAY.

Regular hours of operation will resume on Tuesday October 13th.

Flu Clinics for established patients 18 years and older will begin Monday, September 28th! Flu Clinics will be held at Holyoke Health Center in the patient parking lot via Drive-Thru or Walk-Up. Drive-Thru and Walk-Up Flu Clinics will be Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1:45pm - 3:45pm. Flu Clinic vaccines are available by appointment ONLY. To schedule an appointment to receive your flu vaccine, call (413) 420 - 2200.

Chicopee Health Center patients, please call (413) 420 - 2222 to schedule an appointment for a flu vaccine at our Chicopee location.

 

Extended Hours are BACK! Starting September 9th, medical appointments for sick visits will be available until 7:30PM every Monday and Wednesday. Appointments are available for established Adult and Pediatric patients who need a sick visit, and patients will be seen on the 2nd Floor in the ILI Clinic. To schedule an appointment during our extended hours, please call (413) 420 - 2200.

After hours appointments are not available at our Chicopee Health Center (CHC)location - CHC patients can schedule an after hours appointment in our Holyoke location.