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News & Events

Below you'll find the latest news and events.

Holyoke Health Center is proud to announce our clinical pharmacist, Marisa Piers-Gamble, PharmD, BCACP, has recently completed her certification as a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.

"The BPS Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) Program is a credential for pharmacists who have met the eligibility criteria and provided integrated, accessible healthcare services for ambulatory patients in a wide variety of settings, including community pharmacies, clinics and physicians offices. The BCACP provides patient care, develops sustained partnerships with ambulatory patients and other healthcare providers in the context of family and community; and integrates care of both acute illnesses and chronic conditions.

The purpose of the BPS BCACP program is to validate that the pharmacist has the advanced knowledge and experience to optimize patient outcomes by:

  • Focusing on the special needs of patients who may have concurrent illnesses taking multiple medications, and who often administer these drugs themselves or with the assistance of a caregiver at home;
  • Managing patients in between provider visits through treatment assessment, monitoring compliance, refilling prescriptions and patient education and
  • Educating and engaging patients in health promotion and wellness."

Marisa is only the 5th pharmacist in the region to receive this specialty board certification. We congratulate Marisa for her hard work and dedication to Holyoke Health Center and our community!

"I am so thankful to work for an organization that continues to encourage pharmacists to practice at the top of our license and as a part of our provider team!" - Marisa Piers-Gamble, PharmD, BCACP


For more information about the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, please visit www.bpsweb.org

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of helath care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA's website (www.ncqa.org) contains information to help customers, employers and other make more informed health care choices.

On June, 17th, 2019 the NQCA presented Holyoke Health Center with a certificate of recognition for the Achievement of Recognition for Delivering High-Quality, Patient-Centered Care.

For more information about NQCA Recognition, please visit www.ncqa.org

The Holyoke Health Center and all locations will be CLOSED on Monday, May 27th for the holiday.

Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 28th.

Chicopee, MA: The Chicopee Health Center (CHC), a satellite site of Holyoke Health Center, Inc., announces the completion of an expansion project in the Dental Department with the grand opening of 5 additional chairs, creating a total of 13 state of the art, full service operatories at that location. The expansion allows further growth of dental services provided by CHC, including pediatric dental care, orthodontics, and capacity to accept new patients. On Monday, May 20th at 12pm, CHC will host an official ribbon cutting event celebrating the completion of the expansion that will increase access to dental services for patients throughout Western Massachusetts.

The CHC Dental Department currently serves over 1,700 patients living in Western MA, some of which reside as far as Amherst, Westfield, and Ware. As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQCH), CHC ensures access to full service dentistry regardless of coverage or income, and is one of the few dental centers in Western MA that provides high-quality oral health care to patients on Medicaid or without dental insurance. CHC's expansion of dental services is the result of the increasing need for affordable oral health care throughout Western MA.

The additional capacity at the CHC is particularly helpful to low-income families with children, as there are fewer dental care providers who both see children and accept Medicaid. CHC's Dental Dept. is accepting new patients of all ages, and has open availability beginning May 20th. Services include cleanings, emergency visits, oral surgery, sedation dentistry and braces.

For information on becoming a Dental Patient at Chicopee Health Center, please call (413) 420 - 2222.

Northampton, MA: On Saturday, May 4th, Holyoke Health Center employees joined together to march as a contingent in the Noho Pride Parade. The Noho Pride Day and Parade is a celebration honoring the LGBTQ communities in Western MA. Holyoke Health Center is a proud supporter and sponsor of Noho Pride.

Holyoke Health Center believes in offering care, support and love to everyone in our community. Together we are building healthy communities with PRIDE.

For more information about Noho Pride, visit www.nohopride.org

Boston, MA: On Thursday, May 2nd, Holyoke Health Center attended the Massachusetts League of Community Health Center's 'Health Care Access and Information Day' at the State House in Boston, MA. The event was sponsored by Senator James Welch, the Chair of the Joint Committee on Financial Services. The community health access day gave health centers across the commonwealth the opportunity to showcase their delivery of patient care and services provided within their organization. The health center exhibit fair was held in the Great Hall of Flags, and legislators and members of government were invited to attend. The Holyoke Health Center participated in the exhibit fair and highlighted work force training development, program improvement initiatives and healthcare services provided. 

Holyoke Health Center is one of the few community health centers in the western part of the state, and our involvement in the community health access day at the State House represented the work we do to provide care to the 24,000 patients we serve annually.


To learn more about the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and 'Health Care Access and Information Day', visit www.massleague.org

Holyoke, MA: Holyoke Health Center is among 15 health systems across the Commonwealth that received funding through the Health Policy Commission's (HPC) latest investment program, the SHIFT-Care Challenge. On Monday, April 29th representatives from HPC presented HHC with a check for $565,422 to fund a new initiative program focused specifically on addressing certain health-related social needs (HRSN) in order to decrease patient use of costly and avoidable hospital care. HHC has partnered with Behavioral Health Network, our integrated behavioral health agency, to develop innovative programs to assist patients with economic stability, food access, access to vocational opportunities, community engagement, housing and access to social services. As an awardee of the SHIFT-Care Challenge, HHC will track the progress of the initiative programs and update HPC on services delivered and patient outcomes over an 18-month period.

For more information on the Health Policy Commission SHIFT- Care Challenge, visit www.mass.gov


Despina Lekakis, DO, Provider in the Holyoke Health Center Pediatric Department, has been appointed to the faculty at the rank of Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate. This appointment is effective as of February 27, 2019.

Congratulations, Dr. Lekakis!

Clinical faculty appointments are an integral part of medical school. Part of being a provider includes the responsibility to share knowledge and information with colleagues, trainees and patients. Providers have the opportunity to give back to their profession by teaching the science, art and ethics of medicine to medical students, residents and fellows. In doing this, clinical faculty are able to participate in training the next generation of providers for tomorrow's patients, and ultimately, are able to improve the health of the communities they serve.

As faculty, Dr. Lekakis has precepted one Medical Student for 4 weeks during the University of New England's Pediatric Community Health Rotation. She has also had two Residents from Baystate Medical Center (each for two years) work with her as their "second site" preceptor. In addition, as do all of our Pediatric Providers, Dr. Lekakis precepts the Pediatric Dental Residents in our HHC Dental Department as they rotate through the Pediatric Department.

The Holyoke Health Center and all locations will be CLOSED on Monday, April 15th for the holiday.

Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, April 16th.

COMING SOON - Pediatric Dental Services to Chicopee Health Center

Our Chicopee Health Center is currently under construction to expand our Dental Department. The expansion will include 5 additional operatories and will allow pediatric dental services to be provided. The construction project is due to be completed by early May, and patient appointments will begin as soon as May 15th. 

Stay Tuned for more details about the Grand Re-Opening of our Chicopee Health Center Dental Department.

Call us at (413) 420 - 2222 to schedule your appointment today!