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MA: Expansion in the Works on the Cape

By: Beau Boughamer

The Cape Cod Times reported on expansion plans at Provincetown’s Outer Cape Health Services, being made possible by stimulus investments.

The only community health center on the Outer Cape hopes to nearly double its exam and treatment rooms in Provincetown with almost $600,000 from the federal stimulus package.

Outer Cape Health Services Inc. plans to expand from eight to 14 exam rooms and add a second treatment room for some emergencies. The construction is scheduled to start in April and finish in August, assuming there’s no issue with town permits, said Sally Deane, the center’s chief executive officer, said yesterday.

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The capital investment is meant to beef up medical resources in an area that has few private practitioners or other medical groups, Deane said. It is also a nod to the current governmental environment that looks favorably on larger medical enclaves.

“The way of the future is larger group practices or community health centers,” she said.