Primary Medical Care

Island Health Care has adopted the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care and has received recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. PCMH is a new way of providing care with the goal to prevent illness and keep you healthy. In a PCMH, you receive care planned just for you with a lead provider and a care team. Your team will closely track your progress and include you in decisions about your care. Your care team will also coordinate the care you receive from other doctors.

IHC provides the following basic primary care services:

  • Annual physicals and check-ups

  • Child wellness and immunizations

  • Routine urgent visits such as earaches, sore throats, minor wounds, and tick bites

  • Treatment and clinical support for chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension, substance abuse, and heart disease

Call our Front Desk at (508) 939-9358 to make an appointment.

 

Dental & Oral Health

IHC connects health center patients by referral to the MV Hospital Dental Clinic, and to the Community Health Center of Cape Cod (CHCCC) in Bourne and Mashpee.

Call our Front Desk at (508) 939-9358 for more information, or to get on the waiting list for the portable dental clinic.

 

Mental & Behavioral Health / Substance Abuse Counseling

Accessing mental health and substance use services can be daunting. Island Health Care uses the latest evidence-based screening tools and assessments to help patients identify possible substance use or mental health issues. Our Nurse Practitioners and clinical staff are trained to provide empathetic and compassionate care. Our Mental Health / Substance Use Access Coordinator can provide confidential support, and help individuals and families navigate all available behavioral health resources.

We offer psychiatric services on site (limited hours) by appointment.

IHC also offers services and supports relating to behavioral health and substance abuse and prevention to health center patients that include:

  • Primary health care with patient-centered teaching and counseling, and medication therapies;

  • Use of Vivitrol, an opioid antagonist specifically designed to address addiction;

  • Behavioral health and substance counseling through a contract for integrated care with Island Counseling Center (ICC) at MV Community Services;

  • Collaboration with other substance abuse services including transition from detox and in-patient care;

  • Care management, patient advocacy and referral services;

  • Accepting new patients recently discharged from the hospital emergency room and acute care who need a medical home.

Call our Front Desk at (508) 939-9358 to learn how these appointments are arranged.

 

Chronic Disease Management

As part of the hospital-initiated grant project MV Partnership for Health, health center staff are trained in the highly acclaimed Stanford teaching model for chronic disease management.

Class leaders run regular six-week classes to educate and guide patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease who wish to become active in their own health.

People learn how to develop effective, life-enhancing action plans. Patients meet others with the same chronic illness, learn from each other’s experiences and help each other make incredible strides in controlling symptoms, slowing disease progression, improving how they feel and what they can personally accomplish on a daily basis.

IHC Nurse Practitioners offer clinical support and teaching (e.g., diabetic diet and foot care) in group settings.

Contact Kathleen Samways at ksamways@ihimv.org or (508) 627-5797 ext. 114 to learn more.

 

After Hours & Nurse Triage

Island Health Care is open into the evening until 8:00 four days a week (Monday—Thursday). We also offer after-hours nurse triage care by phone overnight until we open the next morning at 8:00 am, easily accessible through the night-time voicemail menu. You may speak directly to a nurse, who will advise or direct urgent calls to the health center provider on call.

For After Hours Nurse Triage, call (508) 939-9358 after 8:00 pm and select menu option 3.