- About Us
During the first 9 months we have welcomed 1,327 new patients and have had 3,302 patient visits.
Comprehensive and integrated medical, dental and behavioral health care! Mascoma Community Healthcare offers quality, stability, access, and affordability for all.
Corner of US Route 4 and Roberts Road;
5 miles east of Enfield and 2 miles west of Canaan
Construction is Complete!!
Mascoma Community Health Center
A community owned and operated, non-profit health, dental, and behavioral health center
Corner of Route 4 and Roberts Road in Canaan
°Comprehensive Care – Health, Dental, Behavioral Health, Labs, and Education.
°Local Control – Local accountability by Local Board of Directors
°Easy Access – Route 4, but not high traffic
°Long Hours - Family Friendly
°In-Depth Care – More time with staff and more coordination
°Open to anyone – Families, Young, Old, Insured, Un-insured
How do you know it will save money and offer quality?
There are more than 10 community health centers operating in New Hampshire now that save 50% of the cost of primary care and offer high quality, comprehensive care. We are modeling our clinic after their success.
Can I use my insurance?
Yes. The health center will take most major policies.
Can I get insurance?
Yes. Our staff will help you to explore insurance options.
What you can do now!
We have received 2,700 pledges to use the new health center in 2017. We want you to join with us and your neighbors now that our practice is open.
It's feasible. It's real. It will be of great service to kids, mothers, workers, seniors, low income families and our communities but it won't happen unless use it.
Local – Quality – In-Depth – Convenient – Lower Cost
Health, Dental, Education, Behavioral Health all in one location.
Better quality, more accountability and greater savings.
The Nature of Good Health Care
Mascoma Community Health Center offers several local general practitioners who are teamed together to give every patient more depth in their care and coverage. The health care providers work as a team with other services of the clinic like lab services.
Medical care includes pediatrics, family practice and women’s health services
Medical care also includes a dentist and dental hygienists.
Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Nutrition, Hospice, Home Visits and minor X-Ray services should be available soon.
Medical care is coordinated with hospitals, specialists, local schools, daycares, senior programs, government programs, Veterans Administration, public housing and community assistance programs.
Assistance in getting insurance and maintaining insurance that is affordable is provided.
Access to Good Health Care
Good health care is local. It serves the entire community and entire families. Care is a matter of choice. There are no requirements for use.
Appointments are readily available and happen in a timely manner. Evening appointments are available. Appointments will allow enough time with the professionals to truly understand and manage health problems.
All patients will have access to local hospitals and specialists as needed.
Mascoma Community Health Center Offers:
- Primary Medical Care for all ages
- Family Practice
- Sports Medicine
- Minor Orthopedics
- Geriatric Care
- Infants and Children
- Women's Health Care
- General Gynecology
- Minor Skin Procedures - Stitches, etc.
- Dental Care
- Behavioral/Mental Health Care
- Physical Therapy*
- Preventive Health/ Screenings
- Care Coordination
- Nutrition Services*
- Health Education and Community Outreach
*Coming Soon!! Please note that not all of our services will be available upon opening. Some, such as our X-ray and Physical Therapy units, will be added as patients and funding allows.
Quality Control of Good Health Care
Good Health Care has built in quality control. It assures:
- an organized health team that integrates patient, doctor, nurse practitioner, lab services, rehab, social services, mental health counseling, pharmaceuticals, nutrition, and dental care
- close communication between the patient, the providers and between providers
- that the team coordinates external services
- full communication with the patient regarding plans, procedures, results and revisions
- that the patient shares in the decision making with understanding, cooperation and agreement
- that there is sufficient time available for the communication and coordination
- independent quality control using a patient advocate to review records and patient history to assure that the goals for communication, understanding, decision sharing and coordination with external services is achieved
- integration of team health care around a patient that include the doctor, lab services, rehab, social services, mental health counseling, pharmaceuticals, nutrition, and dental care
Financing Good Health Care
Care that is affordable assures that the cost of professionals, drugs, tests, procedures and rehab are as reasonable as possible, fair for all and the same for insured and uninsured patients.
Affordability requires cooperation between community health centers in developing community insurance policies.
Efficient care requires the reduction of waste and duplication of service and offers service in the lowest cost environment (not an emergency room).
The goal is to cut primary care costs and drug costs to reduce and stabilize insurance premiums to keep insurance affordable.
Affordable care includes a sliding scale payment system for those who can't afford insurance or full payment for service based on what they can afford.
Click here to read about the sliding scale discount system.
Accountability in Good Health Care
This clinic is controlled by the users in the community, not by a hospital or the State or federal government or a town government. It is funded by the users with a shared sense of responsibility and shared expense but with generally much lower expense.
◆ Board of Directors
◆ Clinic Management
- Clinical Director
- Medical Director
- Dental Director
- Licensed Clinical Social Workers
- Medical Assistants
- Dental Hygienists
- Dental Assistants
- Care Coordinators
- Patient servicesRepresentatives
- Billing/Coding staff
- Medical Records staff
Donna Ransmeier was the first to join the Health Center team. She will serve as Clinical Director for the Health Center and manage everything except for the medical and dental providers who will answer to a Medical Director and Dental Director respectively. Donna recently was employed as Director of Healthcare Information Systems and Quality/Blueprint Project Manager at Little Rivers Healthcare in Bradford, Vermont. Prior to that she worked with Vermont Information Technology Leaders as an eHealth Specialist/Electronic Health Record Implementation Specialist working with the community health centers in Vermont. She has had seven years of experience as the Clinical Care Coordinator for the Concord, Vermont Health Center and Danville, Vermont Health Center where she also served as Behavioral Health Provider/Psychologist. Prior to working in community health centers, she served both Coos and Grafton County Attorneys as the Director of their Victim-Witness Programs over a 13 year period. Donna has a Masters in Clinical Counseling Psychology.
Dr. Carrie Webber of Lebanon who has many years of experience in family practice will serve as medical director, and Dr. Benjamin Gardner from Enfield will focus on pediatrics, sports medicine, and family care.
Dr. Carrie Webber
Dr. Carrie Webber has practiced as a family medicine doctor for 25 years, most recently as a primary care physician with the Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, Vermont. Her areas of practice include family practice and women's care. She served for seven years as a primary care physician at the Newport Health Center/FQRHC Newport, New Hampshire and for seven years with the Family Practice Physician Group at the Family Health Center in Lebanon, NH. Dr. Webber received her medical degree from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and her undergraduate degree from University of Colorado. She has received many awards and honors, most notably the AMA Physicians Recognition Award for Continuing Medical Education. Dr. Webber and her husband are long time residents of Lebanon, NH.
Dr. Ben Gardner
Dr. Ben Gardner has been a doctor since 1996. He will provide family medical care, pediatrics, sports medicine, and minor orthopedics. Most recently, he has served as a physician with Dartmouth College Student Health Services, and Assistant Medical Director at Phillips Exeter Academy. Previously, he served for 16 years as the Medical Director at Choate Rosemary Hall, supervising 19 medical staff serving 850 students and 32 athletic teams. He also served as an Assistant Professor and Clinical Instructor at Yale University. Ben received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his medical degree from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Active in sports he continues to coach lacrosse and hockey to Upper Valley youths. Ben now lives in Enfield but has been a long term resident of the area.
Dr. Henry Lemieux, DMD
Dr. Henry Lemieux received his DMD degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2001. While in dental school he was actively involved within the Boston community donating his time and skills to area homeless shelters, outreach programs, and veterans’ homes in an attempt to find proper dental care for these underserved populations. Upon graduation he worked in western MA as an associate in a dental practice and later at Nashua, NH, Dental Connection, a nonprofit community dental health program that meets the dental needs of the uninsured and most vulnerable sectors of our population. For the last year and a half he has donated Mondays to the NH Job Corps Center in Manchester, NH which he has found rewarding and challenging at the same time. New Hampshire lags behind many of the surrounding states in Medicaid funding for much needed dental services for children and adults and Henry looks forward to helping by serving as the Dental Director at Mascoma Community Health Center and meeting the dental needs of Mascoma’s communities.
Jeanne-Marie Bolduc, Hygienist
Jeanne-Marie has over 35 years of experience in the dental field. She attended Western Wisconsin Technical Institute in La Crosse, WI and became a Certified Dental Assistant in 1981. She went on to earn her A.S. degree in Dental Hygiene in 1994 at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, NH. Originally from the Tilton/Laconia, NH area she moved to the Upper Valley 8 years ago. Jeanne-Marie is also a certified Tai Chi instructor and can be found teaching Tai Chi in many areas in the Upper Valley. She and her partner, Bill, live in Vermont with their 3 dogs and have been building a house for the past 3 years. When not teaching Tai Chi or working on the house Jeanne-Marie can be found sewing, knitting, crocheting, doll making or wood working.
Caroline Sumner, Dental Assistant
Caroline is a certified Dental Assistant with 34 years of assisting experience. In addition to general dentistry, she is a trained Orthodontic Assistant as well. Caroline has also worked for a private practice dermatologist/surgeon as a surgical assistant/lab technician. Caroline is a resident of Grafton, New Hampshire and grew up in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Call 603-523-4343 to schedule an appointment!
New Patients Welcome!
You can receive a New Patient Packet by stopping by the health center, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking here to print one. We look forward to meeting you and meeting your healthcare needs!
Sliding Fee Discount Rate
Mascoma Community Health Center is dedicated to serving all members of the community regardless of income or insurance status. The Health Center will accept most traditional insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare. For people without insurance or insurance with a large deductible and who have limited resources, Mascoma Community Health Center has a fee for service that is discounted based on family size and income – known as a Sliding Fee Discount Rate. Click here to learn more about the discounts.
Mascoma Community Health Center promotes health in our communities through our health center, that draws local resources together to provide personal, affordable, accessible, quality care.
Mascoma Community Healthcare, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to:
- Operating a health center that will be designed, managed, and supported by the communities it represents
- Serve the health needs of the Mascoma Valley which includes Canaan, Dorchester, Enfield, Grafton, Orange and beyond
- Provide affordable healthcare regardless of insurance status and based on ability to pay
Mascoma Community Healthcare will provide comprehensive services including primary care, dental, behavioral health, laboratory and pharmacy. Future services envisioned include physical medicine and rehabilitation and x-ray.
The Mascoma Community Health Center will:
- Provide the highest quality of care to improve individual and community health
- Make access to high quality healthcare practical and affordable
- Include individuals and their families in shared decision making regarding their health
- Engage individuals, their families and the community to work toward comprehensive health
- Assure time for individuals, families, and care team to fully communicate regarding health issues and care plans
- Coordinate integrated healthcare with individuals and all care teams
- Assure accessible hours for working individuals and families
- Support the well-being and needs of our staff and their families
Board of Directors
The new Mascoma clinic is owned and operated by a non-profit corporation located in Canaan. The management of the corporation is by a Board of Directors. The Board sets budgets and fees, hires and fires, sets management policy and evaluates the effectiveness of the service.
The Board is organized to include 25 members of which about 16 will be voting members and patients. The remaining 9 members can be non-voting and professionals or people who may eventually provide services to the clinic. No one receiving compensation may be a voting member of the Board. In the future, nominees for new Directors will be selected by a committee of community members and existing Directors. Suggestions for Directors come from the patients in the communities. Terms for Board members will be two years and staggered.
There are committees reporting to the Board of Directors on various topics, and the committees are composed of Directors and community members who are not Directors.
All Board members, as well as employees, must follow very strict rules prohibiting conflicts of interest.
Board Chairman: Dale Barney (603)523-4407
- Dale Barney, Canaan
- Carolyn Barney, Canaan
- Scott Berry, Canaan
- Kris Briand, Enfield
- Barbara Dolyak, Canaan
- John Dow, Canaan
- Tim Jennings, Enfield
- Ed McGee, Ex-Officio, Canaan
- Sean Murphy, Canaan
- Michael Paine, Ex-Officio, Canaan
- Mary Paquette, Canaan
- Curtis Payne, Enfield
- Denis Salvail, Canaan
- Mike Samson, Canaan
- Alice Schori, Canaan
- Chris Partain, Grafton
- Peter Thurber, Canaan
- Andy Ware, Grafton