OCHS Health Center Renovations To Be Completed In September

By: William F. Galvin

Topics: Health

The architect's rendering of the Outer Cape Health Services, Inc. community health center now being renovated in Harwich.

HARWICH — Delphi Construction of Mashpee has begun the $6 million renovation and conversion of the former Thompson's Farm Market building across from Saquatucket Harbor into a new community health center for Outer Cape Health Services, Inc.

Delphi Construction is presently renovating the first floor of the structure, also referred to as the Kennedy Building, which housed BackOffice Associates for a few years and is owned by Tom and Patricia Kennedy of Down the Road, LLC. OCHS has a 10-year lease on the building. The first floor will house medical facilities while the second floor is now being used as administrative offices for the health center.

OCHS is a federally-qualified community health center serving the Lower and Outer Cape with facilities in Harwich, Wellfleet and Provincetown. The medical office now located on Chatham Road in South Harwich is only a five-room facility and served 13,000 patients last year.

When completed, the renovated 18,000-square-foot facility will have 18 new examination and consultation rooms, a dispensing pharmacy, lab facilities, a community wellness space and administrative offices supporting specialized services for women, infants and children, health insurance eligibility and enrollment services for the community.

OCHS is also about to go out for bids to build a new health center in Wellfleet. The plan is to begin construction of a 7,500-square-foot facility in November, replacing the existing 50-year-old 5,000-square-foot building. The Wellfleet facility will be closed during the construction period and patients will be directed to use the new Harwich community health center and facilities in Provincetown.

“We are very excited to be underway with this important project which will integrate primary care, behavioral health and supportive services in a team-based model,” said Patricia Nadle, CEO of OCHS. “The floor plan doubles our capacity to serve the primary care needs of the Lower Cape with a full staff of physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, medical assistants, social workers and dispensing pharmacy personnel. Relocating and expanding the existing Harwich facility enables OCHS to meet growing health care needs by providing new and essential services to more people.”

Delphi will manage all aspects of the construction. The project is expected to be completed by late September.