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June 27, 2013 Posted Month Day, Year
Ribbon Cutting In The Health Center
By Rick Winterson

It is a beautiful facility, if that’s the word to describe a state-of-the-art medical device and its surroundings.  Mammograms are already available to South Boston’s women, but digital mammography is a more highly advanced diagnostic tool.  Two facts should convince you of its benefit:  This year, about 4,500 women in Massachusetts will be diagnosed with breast cancer – the five-year survival rate (if detected early on) is a very high 98%.  Monthly self-exams, annual clinical breast exams, and regular mammograms from age 40 on will help ensure that all-important early detection.

The ribbon cutting was a deservedly memorable occasion.  Health Center employees thronged the hall and the stairwell by the suite.  Many of the Health Center’s officials were on hand, including several directors, Clinical Director Neesha Thakrar, M.D., and Health Center President Bill Halpin.  Attendees at the ribbon cutting included U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congressman Stephen Lynch, state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, state Rep. Nick Collins, and City Councilor Bill Linehan, along with a number of candidates for elected office in the November elections.

President Bill Halpin warmly thanked the Health Center’s staff for the care and concern they give their patients.  “We are aiming to be the best Community Health Center in Boston, and perhaps in the country.”, he said.  Nick Collins expressed his feelings about being present for such an important occasion.  City Councilor Bill Linehan stated that he took pride in having such a facility.

Upon taking the podium himself, Congressman Steve Lynch congratulated the Health Center, and briefly listed the varied and numerous services they offer.  Senator Warren stated, “I love celebrations.”, and mentioned that Massachusetts is a state where we have learned to work together to establish facilities like the digital mammography suite.  State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry mentioned how important this new facility is for all women.

Bill Halpin thanked Margaret Lynch for her work in arranging the ribbon cutting, and Dr. Neesha Thakrar for her continued success as Clinical Director of the Health Center.  Then, the ribbon was well and truly cut. 

We’ll close this article with a few very impressive figures that describe the Health Center’s achievements:  As the only primary care provider in the South Boston neighborhood, the Health Center receives 60,000 health-related visits per year from about half of South Boston’s population.  Its staff of 150 has been providing medical care of all kinds to the South Boston community for more than 40 years. 



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