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Duffy Health Center Makes National News

Press Release

March 23, 2011

HYANNIS, MA – On Wednesday, March 23, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the US Department of Health & Human Services, featured Duffy Health Center's new building at 94 Main Street in Hyannis.

“In Hyannis, Massachusetts, for example, the Duffy Health Center cared for more than 2,500 homeless and at-risk clients in 2009. They had 23,000 visits to three different buildings, stretching their resources to the limit. This federal funding helps Duffy Health Center move from three buildings spread across a major intersection in Hyannis to one building where they will provide integrated care services and expand capacity by 75%.”

Secretary Sebelius was speaking on the first anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act, addressing the National Association of Community Centers annual Policy & Issues Conference in Washington, DC.

“I was watching the Secretary’s speech on Live stream in my office, and couldn’t believe my ears when I heard the secretary start to talk about Duffy Health Center,” said Heidi Romans Nelson, CEO of Duffy. There are many wonderful projects across the country and in the commonwealth; it feels really wonderful to be singled out!”

The planning and preparation for this move has been underway since Duffy broke ground for the new site in April 2010. “The new building is warm and welcoming and underscores our belief in treating our clients with dignity and respect. It will make a huge difference for our staff and clients to all work with each other under one roof” said Elyse DeGroot, Director of Community Relations and Marketing.

“We are in the final stages of completing our one million dollar Comprehensive Campaign for the building, and hope to announce that we have met our goal at our upcoming Evening of Stars Gala on May 20th.”

The Duffy Health Center is located in Hyannis, Massachusetts, home of the late Senator Ted Kennedy; a recognized champion of Healthcare reform. To read the speech in its entirety please follow the link http://www.hhs.gov/secretary/about/speeches/sp20110323.html