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Welcome Dr Judge, DDS

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Mascoma Community Health Center
now offering COVID-19 and COVID-19 Antibody Testing!

The Mascoma Community Health Center is now offering on-demand testing for COVID-19. If you are currently feeling sick and worried it might be COVID-19, please give us a call to set up an appointment and test. We will take care of you!

If you were previously sick and want to learn if you have developed antibodies against COVID-19, please give us a call to set up an appointment and test. We will take care of you!

The providers at Mascoma Community Health Center have been here throughout the COVID-19 crisis taking care of all your health-related needs.

Call 603-523-4343 – We Will Take Care of You!

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Helping You Stay Safe - Telehealth
at Mascoma Community Health Center


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Mascoma Community Health Center can now offer you a real-time office visit in the safety of your home using your computer, smartphone, ipad or regular phone. It is just like a real office visit with only a few limitations (for example, we can’t take your temperature but you can do it for us). It is called Doxy.me and is simple as pie:

1. Call 523-4343 and we will schedule an appointment just like normal;

2. We send you an email confirming the appointment that contains the Doxy.me link and an easy to understand YouTube video;

3. At the time of your appointment you click on the link and are taken to an online ‘Waiting Room’ until,

4. Your provider brings you into the virtual ‘Exam Room’ for your visit.

This is a great way we can help you with all your health concerns while at the same time keeping everyone safe. If you are interested in checking out the technology go to https://doxy.me/patients

If you don’t have a computer or smart-phone, and would just prefer speaking to your provider over the phone, don’t worry, we can set up a Telehealth phone appointment for you just as easily.

Remember, your health is important to us and we want to be here for you during these challenging times.

Sincerely,
The Staff at Mascoma Community Health Center

Click HERE to view as a PDF

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To: Patients and all Community members

The providers and staff at MCHC are ready to respond to your needs and concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that it is difficult to know what to think with the media continually streaming changing news and facts; some true and some untrue. We hope to make it easier for you.

First, we believe the one source of truth around COVID-19 is the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
We refer to it many times each day to make sure we are on top of the latest developments and knowledge.

Second, if you are feeling sick or are concerned that you have been exposed to the virus instead of driving to the Health Center, simply pick up the phone and call us (603-523-4343). If a provider is available, they will speak with you immediately; if not they will call back within the hour.

Third, you and our provider will decide if you should:
1. Come in and be seen
2. Self-quarantine, or
3. Self-quarantine and be tested.

If you need to self-quarantine our provider will tell you all you need to know. We are currently following the CDC recommendations:

Self-quarantine: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/residents/documents/self-quarantine-covid.pdf
Self – observation: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/residents/documents/self-observation-covid.pdf

If you need to be tested our provider will follow the NH State protocol by calling New Hampshire Department of Health, secure testing approval, and arrange for an appointment at either approved testing site DHMC or APD. We are not testing at this time because we have not been supplied with State approved testing kits.

Finally, and most importantly, if you have to self-quarantine, one of our nurses will call and check-in on you every day until you are healthy. We want you to know that our staff cares about you and your welfare.

Yours in health,
Dr. Ben Gardner – Medical Director and Scott Berry – Executive Director


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Great News!


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*We are now over 5,300 registered patients! Our next goal is to reach 6,000 patients by December 2022! THANK YOU!

*Check out our NEW medical and dental providers on the Providers Tab!

*Are you an employer that would like to help your employees with their health care costs? Check out a new employer plan by clicking here. The advantage is an across the board 25% discount on all medical and dental care.






Mascoma Community Health Center

Comprehensive and integrated medical, dental and behavioral health care! Mascoma Community Healthcare offers quality, stability, access, and affordability for all.



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Mascoma Community Health Center


What?

A community owned and operated, non-profit health center that meets health and dental needs.

Where?examining room

Corner of Route 4 and Roberts Road in Canaan.
5 miles east of Enfield and 2 miles west of Canaan

Why?

°Affordable Costs

°Comprehensive Care – Health, Dental, Labs, and Education.

°Local Control – Local accountability by Local Board of Directors

°Easy Access – Route 4, but not high traffic

°In-Depth Care – More time with staff and more coordination

°Open to anyone – Families, Young, Old, Insured, Un-insured

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.


The Nature of Good Health Care

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Mascoma Community Health Center offers several 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, Behavioral Health, and minor X-Ray services should be available in the future.

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

  • Family Planning

  • Pediatrics

  • 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*

  • X-ray*

  • Preventive Health/ Screenings

  • Care Coordination

  • Nutrition Services*

  • Pharmacy*

  • 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. We try hard to assure:

  • 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 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

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Financing Good Health Care


Care that is affordable assures that the cost of professionals, drugs, tests, procedures and rehab are as reasonable as possible and fair for all.

Affordability means we should work for 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.

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Mascoma Community Health Center Executive Director



Rebecca J. Ekholm, BS, CPhT, CPXP

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Mascoma Community Health Center Medical Care Team



Pierre Angier, DO

Pierre has recently joined the staff at Mascoma Community Health Center. Originally from Vermont, Dr. Angier has lived and worked for the last 7 years in New Hampshire. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont where he received a BS in Nutrition and received his medical degree from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.

Dr. Angier is board-certified in Family Practice but has extensive experience in pain management and addiction medicine. As a Doctor of Osteopathy he is proficient in spinal manipulation, an effective alternative to opioid pain medications.

In his free time Dr. Angier enjoys many outdoor activities including skiing, sailing, cycling and golf.


Ben GardnerBen Gardner, MD, Medical Director

Ben has been a doctor since 1996. He provides family medical care, pediatrics, sports medicine, and minor orthopedics. He serves as the school doctor for Cardigan Mountain School as well as the health center’s Medical Director. He previously served as a physician with Dartmouth College Student Health Services, and Assistant Medical Director at Phillips Exeter Academy. 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 lives in Enfield.

“I'd be honored to welcome you and your family into the Mascoma health center, where you'll find a caring team of providers ready to get to know you.”



Karl StanfordKarl Stanford, Nurse Practitioner, MSN APRN FNP-C

Karl has deep roots in the Mascoma Valley, having graduated from Mascoma Valley Regional High School…a few years ago. After wearing many professional hats including building contractor, wildlife biologist, and high school science teacher, Karl found his true passion in nursing when he graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2006. While working as a nurse in Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Post-Anesthesia Care Unit and Cardiology Unit, Karl completed his Master of Science in Nursing at St. Joseph’s College of Maine in 2018. He is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and most recently worked at White River Family Practice. Karl has lived in Enfield for 12 years, and enjoys many of the Upper Valley’s offerings, such as fishing, hiking, photography, and spending time with his wife and two sons.

“I'm very excited to join the team at Mascoma Community Healthcare, and I hope you will join us as well. As a Nurse Practitioner, my objective is to help our patients achieve and maintain their own individual wellness goals, recognizing that these goals are personal and take many forms. I practice from a position of respect for my patients' values while working to help them realize their options to get to their ‘best place.’”




Isabel WattsIsabel Watts, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC Family Nurse Practitioner, NP Fellowship Program

Isabel received her BSN and MSN from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and recently completed a fellowship at Lamprey Health Care. Ms. Watts’ passionate about preventative medicine, patient education, pediatrics, and integrated behavioral health care. She is also trained in mindfulness techniques for stress reduction. She enjoys cooking, backpacking, reading fiction and popular science, and botanical illustrations.

“I love nursing because it combines compassionate care with scientific thinking and problem-solving. I enjoy building collaborative relationships with patients and making them feel heard, believed, and supported.”



Kimberly CottoKimberly Cotto, Registered Nurse

Kim has worked as a critical care registered nurse for 22 yrs. She has been on a rapid response team for interventional radiology, a vascular access team, has been a nurse preceptor for new medical school grads, and has worked with patients with addictions. She came to the Upper Valley as a travel nurse, fell in love with the community and decided to stay.

“Not only am I bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge, I’m also bringing a kind, compassionate, and dynamic bedside manner that my patients truly enjoy. I look forward to forming a patient- provider, one on one relationship with you that only a small hometown community center can give. I am looking forward to meeting you all.”



Nettie OlsenNettie Olsen, Registered Nurse

Nettie is a Registered Nurse with over 35 years of experience including post-surgical care, pediatrics, and family practice. Most of her career was spent at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Pediatric/Adolescent clinic from 1994 until retiring as Nurse Manager in 2016. In Fall 2016, she spent 2 years as a staff nurse in General Internal Medicine and Family Practice at DHMC, and then came to work at Mascoma Community Clinic as a per diem nurse. Nettie lives in Canaan.






Diane HackemanDiane Hackeman, Licensed Nurse Assistant

Diane has been a Licensed Nurse Assistant for about 17 years. She has extensive work experience, having worked in New London and Boscawen nursing homes, taking care of all aspects of the patient's health and daily activities. She has been with the Mascoma clinic for about a year. She has a variety of clinical jobs including patient intake, taking inventory of all clinic supplies, and helping to support other clinical staff. She is a 5th generation Danbury, NH resident.




Mascoma Community Health Center Dental Care Team



Navpreet JudgeNavpreet Judge, Dentist, DDS

Dr. Judge joined the Mascoma Community Health family in August 2021 as our new dental director. Dr. Judge received his education at the University of Illinois at Chicago graduating in 2012. Since obtaining his degree he has been practicing general and restorative dentistry in Texas, California, and Illinois. Dr. Judge has also participated as a volunteer dentist for programs in Texas, Tennessee, and India. In addition to his work, Dr. Judge enjoys playing badminton, travelling, listening to music, hiking, reading, and most importantly spending time with my family.



Sunny GaudetSunny Gaudet, DMD

Education: Clark University, B.A. 2012; Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, D.M.D 2018
Board Certification:
Certified by the National Board of Dental Examiners and Western Regional Examination Board; licensed by the New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners




sara romano pictureSara Romano, Registered Dental Hygienist

Sara was born and raised in the Upper Valley, dedicating the last 9 years to her already fulfilling career as a Dental Hygienist. She graduated from New Hampshire Technical Institute – Concord NH’s Community College and returned back to Lebanon to work for a local privately-owned general dentist. When available she volunteers at Red Logan Dental Clinic in White River Junction, VT.

Sara loves pets and animals so she also works as a Pet Sitter with The Happy Pet Caregivers. At home she lives with 2 roommates, plus a yellow-lab pup, and Lulu the Hedgehog. Sara loves spending time with family/friends, being outdoors, and basketball.



Caroline SumnerCaroline 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 and grew up in Lebanon.






Missy GunnMelissa Gunn, Dental Assistant

Missy is a Dental Assistant with 20 years of assisting experience. She most recently worked for Dr. Phillips in Hanover and prior to that worked for 10 years as a surgical assistant at Upper Valley Oral Surgery. Missy graduated from Mascoma High School and lives in Enfield.





Call 603-523-4343 to schedule an appointment!



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New Patients Welcome!

You can receive a New Patient Packet by stopping by the health center or by downloading from the files below. 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. 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.



woman filling in paperDo you need HELP with...

...New Patient Paperwork?

...Sliding Fee Scale Application?

...Medicaid or Medicare Applications?

Stop by any Wednesday, 9:00 am - 12 noon,
and see one of our Patient Navigators, Jean or Joann.






Vision Statement

entry archMascoma Community Health Center promotes health in our communities through our health center, that draws local resources together to provide personal, affordable, accessible, quality care.

Mission Statement

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





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Board of Directors

group meetingThe 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 13 must be patients of the health center.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 Members

Board Chairman: Peter Thurber (603)523-9832

  • Annie Clark, Canaan
  • James Jukosky, Canaan
  • Sean Murphy, Canaan
  • Denis Salvail, Canaan
  • Mike Samson, Canaan
  • Alice Schori, Canaan
  • Louis Shelzi, Canaan
  • Katie Silvius, Enfield
  • Michael Silitch, Canaan
  • Bert Fichman, Canaan
  • Tessa Johnson, Orange

We have a very talented team!
Read their BIOGRAPHIES here!




constructionClick Here to watch a video of the start up of the Health Center.


Volunteers Needed



volunteer stocking shelvesIf you would like to contribute your time and talents towards making our community health center an even better service to your families and neighbors, please consider volunteering. We currently have the following volunteer needs:



Administrative Volunteers: during working hours, M-F, and engaged in one or more of the following activities:

  • Stocking exam rooms with supplies

  • Checking supplies for expiration dates

  • Assisting with inventory management

  • Filing/copying/collating

  • General “sprucing” up (waiting room, common areas, outdoor entrances, etc.)

  • Assisting patients to sign up for Medicaid

  • Restocking of patient education materials


Clinical Volunteers: are you retired or semi-retired from the health care industry? We may be able to use your skills under certain circumstances.



Development Volunteers: our Development Committee can use help with:


  • Special events -- assist with planning, promoting, and managing logistics for special presentations, health fairs, luncheons, etc.

  • Patient outreach – assist with manning our community events booth, meeting community groups, and reaching out to individuals.

  • Communications and marketing – are you good at designing brochures and posters? Have experience with social media?



If you would like to help with any of the above,
please click here for the Volunteer Registration Form.



If you would like more information, please contact Tim Jennings at 603-443-0279 or tjennings@cardigan.org