Mascoma Community Health Center

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Great News!


We are now welcoming new patients!



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

community members at open house

Corner of US Route 4 and Roberts Road;
5 miles east of Enfield and 2 miles west of Canaan




Construction is Complete!!

finished building


Mascoma Community Health Center


What?

A community owned and operated, non-profit health, dental, and behavioral health center

Where?examining room

Corner of Route 4 and Roberts Road in Canaan

Why?

°Affordable Costs

°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

exam roomMascoma 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.

dental exam roomMedical 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.

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

dental x-ray machineGood 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

  • Pediatrics

  • Sports Medicine

  • Minor Orthopedics

  • Geriatric Care

  • Infants and Children

  • Women's Health Care

  • General Gynecology

  • Minor Skin Procedures

  • 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. 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


patient intake equimpmentFinancing 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.

waiting room patient days crowd


OUR TEAM...

◆ Board of Directors

◆ Clinic Management

  • Clinical Director
  • Medical Director
  • Dental Director

◆ Providers

  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers

◆Clinical Staff

  • Nurses
  • Medical Assistants
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants
  • Care Coordinators

◆Administrative Staff

  • Patient servicesRepresentatives
  • Billing/Coding staff
  • Medical Records staff

Clinical Director

Donna RansmeierDonna 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.



Medical Providers

Dr. Carrie Webber of Lebanon who has many years of experience in family practice will serve as medical director; Dr. Benjamin Gardner from Enfield will focus on pediatrics, sports medicine, and family care, and Dr. David Beaufait, who has an existing practice in Family Medicine in Enfield, will devote two days a week to Mascoma Community Health Center.



Dr. Carrie Webber

Carrie WebberDr. 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. David Beaufait

David BeaufaitDr. David Beaufait is a family medicine doctor in Enfield, New Hampshire and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Washington School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 35 years. Dr. Beaufait's practice includes the full scope of family practice including pediatrics, adult medicine, normal gynecology, geriatric medicine, minor orthopedics, and minor skin procedures. He maintains a half time practice at Doctors Who Care in Enfield, New Hampshire and has joined Mascoma Community Health Center to expand his assistance to the Mascoma community. Dr. Beaufait volunteers at the Good Neighbor Health Clinic in White River Junction, Vermont. David graduated with honors from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He had a fellowship from Department of Family Practice and Community Health, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, believes that Medicine is a teaching vocation and has published numerous papers. Dr. Beaufait lives in Enfield.

Dr. Ben Gardner

Ben GardnerDr. 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.



Dental Providers


Dr. Henry Lemieux, DMD

Dr. LemieuxDr. Lemieux received his DMD from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2001, graduating with honors. Dr. Henry Lemieux attended Southern Illinois University and received an athletic scholarship to play baseball for the school. While there he was able to travel the country playing baseball and in 1995 graduated with degrees in Physiology, Biological Sciences, and Psychology. Dr. Henry Lemieux attended Southern Illinois University and received an athletic scholarship to play baseball for the school. While there he was able to travel the country playing baseball and in 1995 graduated with degrees in Physiology, Biological Sciences, and Psychology. After graduating he attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and received the D.M.D. degree in 2001. Dr. Lemieux has been practicing general dentistry in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for the past 14 years and is a member of the New England Dental Society and the American Dental Association.



Call 603-523-4343 to schedule an appointment!



reception deskNew Patients Welcome!



You can receive a New Patient Packet by stopping by the health center, emailing director@mascomacommunityhealthcare.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.








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

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 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 Members

Board Chairman: Dale Barney (603)523-4407

  • Dale Barney, Canaan
  • Carolyn Barney, Canaan
  • Dave Beaufait, Ex-Officio, Enfield
  • Scott Berry, Canaan
  • Kris Briand, Enfield
  • Barry Clause, Enfield
  • Andy Ware, Grafton
  • John Dow, Canaan
  • Karen Ewer Gray, Canaan
  • Tim Jennings, Enfield
  • Ed McGee, Ex-Officio, Canaan
  • Sean Murphy, Canaan
  • Michael Paine, Ex-Officio, Canaan
  • Mary Paquette, Canaan
  • Curtis Payne, Enfield
  • Mike Samson, Canaan
  • Alice Schori, Canaan
  • Chris Partain, Grafton
  • Peter Thurber, Canaan

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




How an Idea Became a Reality . . .

Ideas investigated in first community meeting in 2013

brainstorming results from community meeting

A plan was developedFuture patients were asked to pledge to use the center to prove need

Over 200 people came to the groundbreaking



Building Construction

Medical Staff on Opening Day

New patients registering to use the centernew patients registering

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