As people across our service area are adjusting to the “new normal” of social distancing and self-isolation for the greater good of helping to flatten the impact curve of COVID-19, Manet Community Health Center remains steadfast in its mission to serving our patients and communities.
Our dedicated providers (that include experts in infectious disease) and staff are working hard on the front lines to make sure our patients receive the care and information they need to stay well.
Behind the scenes, our health center is collaborating with local, state and federal officials, health departments, community partners, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and the National Association of Community Health Centers to ensure the health and safety of our patients, staff and communities.
How Manet is Responding
Manet has been responding nimbly to the rapidly changing COVID-19 public health emergency. Following are some of the actions we’ve taken:
- Developed stringent screening and triage processes, including asking all patients about symptoms, exposure risk and travel history when they call the health center to make an appointment and screening everyone – patients, vendors, visitors and staff – prior to entering our health centers.
- Created an isolated urgent response clinic at our North Quincy site to screen and test patients with suspected COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.
- Offering video and telephonic telehealth services for patients who are not able to come to the health center for their scheduled visits, including chronic disease management, behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment visits.
- Offering home delivery of medications via BMC Pharmacy at Manet.
Most important, all Manet sites remain open for in-person visits, including the Pharmacy in North Quincy. All sites are practicing enhanced daily cleaning and sanitizing procedures to ensure patient and staff safety.
How You Can Help Us
Like many health care organizations across the region, Manet is running low on personal protective equipment needed to safely test and treat patients with infectious diseases. Specifically, we are in immediate need of N95 respirators, surgical masks and face shields.
Please let us know if you have access to these materials and would consider donating them or please consider reaching out to your contacts (medical practices that are closed, hardware stores, demolition/construction contractors, hazardous waste removal companies, commercial painting companies, universities/vocational/technical schools or nail salons) to help us gather supplies.
We’ll get through this together!
During this time of uncertainty, please know that Manet is here and remains committed to our 40-year mission to ensure quality, comprehensive health care for all. We can all make a difference by abiding by the state's emergency order, maintaining social distancing and practicing good health hygiene. We can do this!
Wishing you good health,
The Proud Providers and Staff at Manet Community Health Center