1. Skip to navigation
  2. Skip to content

Press Releases

Duffy Health Center Received Facility Improvement Aware of $461,991

Press Release

October 8, 2010

HYANNIS, MA – The Duffy Health Center, a federally qualified health center serving persons who are experiencing homelessness and at risk for homelessness, today received a facility improvement award of $461,991.00 towards its new health center at 94 Main St., Hyannis through the Health Services and Resources Administration, according to the office of Congressman Bill Delahunt.

“Over the years, the Duffy Health Center has provided critical health care services to those in our community that are most in need,” said Delahunt. “These federal funds will go a long way toward helping Duffy meet the growing demand for its services while also giving an important boost to the Cape’s economy.”

A statement from Senator John Kerry noted that “Our community health centers are literal lifelines to the hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents who rely on them to provide high quality health care. This critical funding will create jobs, expand and improve service, and help these institutions continue to serve their communities regardless of a family's ability to pay."

The new building at 94 Main Street, which began construction in April, 2010, will enable Duffy to move from its current three leased sites of approximately 8,000 square feet into a building of 14,000 square feet. Additionally, the new site will include five additional exam rooms for a total of 13 exam rooms, allowing for more efficient provision of medical services, and will consolidate all 52 staff members under one roof.

“In the past three years we have experienced continual increase in numbers of patients,” noted Heidi Nelson, CEO. “The new facility will allow us to consolidate and improve our integrated model of care and will incorporate our medical, behavioral health and case management services under one roof.”

“We are thrilled to receive this award as it will go a long way to meet the goal of our comprehensive campaign to raise $1 million,” added Ms. Nelson. “Most importantly, federal and community support will result in a welcoming health care home where staff can continue to provide the first-class care that Duffy is known for, and where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.”

Last year Duffy staff cared for 2,598 homeless and at-risk clients through 23,227 visits. This visit rate is six times the rate for more traditional community health services and is a reflection of the intensity and level of services needed by its medically complex clients, many of whom have mental health, substance abuse, and other chronic medical illnesses.