Families First brings primary care to SeabrookJune 19, 2017
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Families First brings primary care to Seabrook
SEABROOK – Families First Health & Support Center, the community health center based in Portsmouth, celebrated the opening of its new satellite office in Seabrook on Wednesday. Before this office opened, there were no primary care practices in Seabrook.
The new office provides a more convenient option for the 450 Seabrook residents who have been patients at Families First in Portsmouth, while expanding access to care for other Seabrook-area residents who may have lacked primary care provider.
Exeter Hospital, a longtime supporter of Families First, donated $75,000 to outfit Families First’s offices, which are located in the Southern New Hampshire Services building in Seabrook. The hospital then committed $50,000 per year over three years to launch and operate the site.
“What a great thought -- sharing space and, in some ways, sharing aspirations,” Exeter Hospital President and CEO Kevin Callahan said at the celebration. “Thank you, Southern New Hampshire Services for allowing Families First to come down here and continue a remarkable tradition of being committed to patients. We are very proud to partner and collaborate, and we think this is just terrific for the community.”
Co-located with Families First in the building are Rockingham Community Action services including Head Start, the WIC nutrition program, a food pantry and fuel assistance. “What Families First brings to the table really makes this a comprehensive place for services,” said Donnalee Lozeau, executive director of Southern New Hampshire Services. “We shouldn’t, nor could we, provide all the services that are necessary, and so the way to do that is to partner to bring those services.”
The Seabrook town government, which has provided financial support for Families First annually since 2005, was well represented at the celebration, with Town Manager Bill Manzi, all three members of the Board of Selectmen, and planning board officials in attendance. “Both Families First and Southern New Hampshire Services do wonderful work for our residents,” said Manzi. “Continue serving Seabrook the way you always have.”
Families First Medical Director Eric Samuel, MD, says the patients he sees in Seabrook “are very happy with this change and this increase in access to care. With all the growth that's going on around us, human services is the most important one, and it is one that was quite lacking according to the patients that I've spoken to. So they're very happy about seeing their community leaders, public officials and community partners at work, going to bat for them. This is a big opportunity for patients and a big accomplishment for those who have been involved in getting it together.”
As part of establishing a presence in Seabrook, Families First joined the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce. Chamber president Doc Noel said, “The Chamber welcomes Families First, and their Health and Support Center to the Chamber and wishes them great success in their new location in Seabrook.”
In addition to primary care, Families First also provides care coordination and insurance enrollment services at the Seabrook location. Within the next few months, Families First will add dental care and family programs there.
A mobile dental team will visit the Seabrook building parking lot once a week to provide dental care from a dental van belonging to St. Vincent de Paul center in Exeter. Major funding from Portsmouth Regional Hospital, supplemented by grants from the NH Charitable Foundation and a donation from the Hampton Free Clinic, will underwrite the cost of providing services.
The family programs launched in the spring at Seabrook Elementary School and will continue this summer in the Southern New Hampshire Services Building. Funding comes from United Way of the Greater Seacoast, the HNH Foundation and WellSense.
Also in Seabrook, Families First provides a school-based dental program, funded in part by The Provident Bank, and home visiting, funded by the State of New Hampshire.
Families First’s Seabrook office is at 146 Lafayette Rd., and can be reached at (603) 766-2626. More information is available at www.FamiliesFirstSeacoast.org.
Contact:Margie Wachtel, Communications Directormwachtel@familiesfirstseacoast.org, (603) 422-8208