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Manet Community Health Center
This multi-site health center has a healthy relationship with local media, as it shares a message about equity in health care access.


NORTH QUINCY, MA -- The Manet Community Health Center Board of Directors has jumped full-force into 2013—with new officers, a new member, and a targeted agenda—determined to meet the needs of its growing patient volume and capitalize on national health care reform.

Joseph Reardon of Milton, and vice president for Keohane Funeral and Cremation Services, continues as board president for another term. Serving as vice president is Quincy resident Henry (Hank) Rittal, business performance management analyst for Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA; as secretary, Quincy resident Chris Cogdill, district manager for Walgreens Pharmacy; and, as treasurer, Quincy resident Robert Griffin, law partner with Krokidas & Bluestein, LLP.

Joining the board is Michael R. Milner, PA-C, of Hull, who combines the perspective of a clinician with that of a patient. Milner is dean of the School of Physician Assistant Studies at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services, and the recently retired Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Services for New England.

"Mike Milner will be an outstanding addition to our board," said Reardon. "We especially will benefit from his background as a clinician, as we move toward a new payment system that rewards providers for keeping their patients healthy instead of the number of patients per day they treat."

"I'm thrilled to join the Manet board. I know the quality of care at Manet Community Health first-hand—as a son whose mother is treated here, as the husband of a patient, and now as a proud patient myself," said Milner. "Manet is delivering the kind of personalized, comprehensive care that will help more people enjoy healthier futures." 

The Board of Directors is formulating its agenda against the backdrop of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is relying on Community Health Centers to provide even more primary care services, based on their stellar track record of performance.