Greater Seacoast Community Health

Impact Report 2023

From the CEO

I am honored to be writing my first Leadership Letter since becoming Chief Executive Officer of Greater Seacoast Community Health last October.

I have big shoes to fill in succeeding Janet Laatsch, who led Goodwin Community Health and then Greater Seacoast for more than 20 years — a tenure that included the addition of dental and behavioral health services, moves to two new facilities and more. I was fortunate to learn from Janet in the two years I served Greater Seacoast as Chief Operating Officer, following a long career in health care
administration.

Since assuming the CEO role, I’ve been opening our All-Staff meetings with a review of our mission statement. I repeat this each month because I know our mission is what motivates our team, and it also holds the key to meeting my two main goals for the near future:

  • To return to pre-pandemic patient service levels – or higher – for all of our services.
  • To be an employer of choice for health and human services professionals in our region.

Why these goals?

The need for services is still out there, right now, today; we know this because the wait times for many of our services are longer than we would like. This is due primarily to staffing shortages that are impacting the entire health care industry. As well, we had to reduce our patient visits for a time last year while implementing a new Electronic Health Record (EHR) system.

We and our patients are now reaping the benefits of the new EHR, including better integration of information across our service areas, automation of routine patient communications, and preparation to meet requirements for the value-based care model. However, employee recruitment and retention are still challenging. I am proud to see how our team has stepped up to get the job done despite being short-staffed. I am so grateful to them and am committed to making their work lives better.

The two goals of increasing service volume and attracting and retaining quality employees are interdependent. While we need to be adequately staffed in order to meet more of the need that exists, revenue from providing more services is needed to enable us to provide attractive pay and benefits to aid recruitment and retention (and to invest in new technology to help us provide even better care). Below you can read about some of the strategies we are trying in order to improve patient access and employee recruitment and retention.

While I have mentioned the importance of the revenues earned from providing services, I cannot overstate how crucial community support also is to maintaining our capacity to meet the great need in our community. So I close this letter with my sincere thanks to you – our community of supporters, partners, employees, volunteers and clients. Your ongoing support has enabled us to accomplish our mission to serve our community and will continue to do so in the future.

Jim Avrett
Chief Executive Officer

Strategies: Staffing, Access, Revenue

Two main goals for Greater Seacoast Community Health this year relate to increasing capacity to provide needed services and improving employee recruitment and retention. Some of the steps we are taking to meet these goals include:

  • Opening an on-site clinic at Somersworth High School in December 2023, providing primary care and mental health services.
  • Introducing a new generation of providers into community health care. We are doing this by increasing the mentoring and support offered when hiring early-career providers and also through our physician residency program partnership with Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Since that program began in 2020, a total of 16 new physicians have served here. We anticipate hiring two of them as permanent employees when they graduate this year. We also host a smaller number of dental residents.
  • Working with colleges and universities to provide internships for medical assistants (MAs), nursing students, behavioral health clinical social workers, and dental students. This can lead to recruitment opportunities for us. We have begun paying tuition for some MA students each year in exchange for a multi-year commitment to our organization upon their graduation.
  • Exploring a partnership with a local high school’s technical center to help establish a program to train dental assistants. This could create a natural pipeline of recruits for us.
  • Utilizing features included in our new Electronic Health Record system to better position Greater Seacoast to meet requirements for the value-based care model. This model aims to provide an even higher quality of care, improve our patients’ overall health status and reduce acute health incidents among our patients. Ultimately, this will reduce the cost of their care as well as the cost to the overall health-care system.
  • Further preparing for value-based care by joining a special kind of Accountable Care Organization (ACO) called a REACH ACO, where we focus on our Medicare patient population to refine our processes and improve quality. This ACO could also provide us with revenue from the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

2023 at a Glance

150

Employees

$ 1 M

operating
Budget

16500

PEOPLE SERVED
IN ALL PROGRAMS

medical, dental and behavioral health visits provided to 13,315 patients
40000

Patient Insurance

  • Medicaid 40%
  • Private 38%
  • Uninsured 14%
  • Medicare 8%

Types of Health Visits

  • Medical 70%
  • Dental 10%
  • Behavioral Health 18%
  • Substance Use Disorder 2%

Where Patients Live

  • Rochester 26%
  • Dover 15%
  • Somersworth 11%
  • Portsmouth 9%
  • Other NH towns 30%
  • Maine 9%
visits to parenting classes, family programs and home visits​, by 1,100 parents and children (about 475 families)
5000
life-saving Narcan kits distributed as part of overdose prevention efforts through the Strafford County Public Health Network
-177
worth of healthy food provided by WIC to pregnant women, post-partum women, and children 0-5
$ 1100000

Revenue Sources

  • Program Service Revenue 51%
  • State & Federal Grants 39%
  • Community Support 6%
  • Investments and Misc. 4%
$ 1100000

The value of discounted services provided to our patients who qualify for our sliding fee scale

$ 4500000

The positive economic impact we had on the community through direct and indirect spending

My social worker helped me navigate through rental assistance during an unexpected layoff. He helped me understand the rental market in this area.” ~ Health Center patient

Program Highlights

Integrated Health Care Team Helps Patient Prepare for Motherhood

If it weren’t for my daughter and my doctor, I wouldn’t be sober today.

Myriah’s life changed forever when she found out that she was pregnant. As a patient in the Medication-Assisted Recovery program, Myriah struggled for years to maintain her recovery. When she became a prenatal patient, her care was monitored by a provider with experience treating young mothers in recovery. The provider and our integrated health-care team wholly supported Myriah and included her in decisions about her care.

“I firmly believe that doctor changed my life,” Myriah explained. “I will forever be grateful to her.”

The team helped Myriah by contacting her insurance company to obtain a breast pump and a car seat for the baby. They helped her get established in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program. In addition, her providers helped her move on from an unhealthy living situation and get settled in a safe home with her young family.

“My counselor was amazing,” Myriah said. “I can honestly say that my mental health is better than it’s ever been in my life.”

Myriah had a healthy pregnancy, and her baby is now eight months old and rapidly growing.

Myriah has been sober for almost two years.

“We’re a happy, healthy family,” she said.

Providing More Than Prescriptions

I get to help patients every day improve their quality of life with comprehensive pharmacy services.”

As Pharmacist-in-Charge at Goodwin Pharmacy, Maureen Simonds does much more than count out pills. Maureen works with our integrated health care teams to offer patients a variety of services. These include prefilling medication trays to help patients remember to take their medications, helping patients save money on their prescriptions, and providing Medication Therapy Management for patients with diabetes to help reduce blood-sugar levels. She also facilitates the pharmacy’s participation in a federal program that allows Federally Qualified Health Centers like Families First and Goodwin Community Health to purchase medications at reduced costs and pass those savings on to patients. When pharmacy patrons express concern about prescription costs, Maureen reviews their medication list and finds ways to save money. 

Most pharmacy services are available for the entire community, not just Greater Seacoast patients.

“I love helping patients not only with their medications but saving them money,” says Maureen. “I have many patients brought to tears because they can now afford their medications and be able to buy groceries. It is an amazing feeling to know that many patients can now take their necessary medication and hopefully live a healthy life.”

 

Accessible Cancer Screening Saves Lives

BCCP saves lives! I’ve had so many grateful women cry tears of relief.

Two women hug in a kitchen and one is wearing a headscarf.As part of achieving the mission of providing accessible health care, Greater Seacoast Community Health offers the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) for Seacoast residents who are uninsured or underinsured and experiencing financial hardship. BCCP is a federal program that covers cancer screenings, diagnostics and treatment.

BCCP Coordinator Donna Bernier reaches out to patients who may not realize that they are eligible for the free screenings. She helps calm the fears that many patients have when they learn a cancer screening or biopsy is needed, especially when cost is a concern. Donna helps patients with their applications, reminds them when to re-enroll in the program, and reaches out to patients who aren’t able to attend their appointments.

Over the past five years, the program has covered at least $1.2 million worth of cancer screenings for more than 5,000 patients.

We are fortunate to receive funding for this program from a variety of sources, including the women’s golf league at the Abenaqui Country Club in Rye. In 2023 they held the Jackie Stone Memorial Pink Day Tournament to fund breast cancer support. Since 2011, the Abenaqui Women’s League has donated more than $77,000 to support our cancer-screening program.

Thank you!

Our Sincere Thanks

Annual Fund Contributors

We extend our sincere thanks to our generous donor community, without whom our programs and services would not be possible. They share our passion for community health, and for that we are deeply grateful. 
  • Lynn Aaby & Alan Cronheim
  • Katherine Abbott
  • Abenaqui Women’s League
  • Abraham Burtman Charity Trust
  • Lea & Nick Aeschliman
  • Donnajean Ahigian & Jeffrey Gordon
  • Stephen Alie
  • Carol Allen
  • Erica Amazeen
  • AmazonSmile Foundation
  • Anne & Mike Ambrogi Family Foundation
  • Zach Amico & Nicole Hall
  • Robert Andelman & Kathryn Lynch
  • Kevin Archambault
  • Matthew Argall
  • Maria Arvenitis
  • Elizabeth & Jerry Baker
  • Emily Baker
  • Kathy Baker
  • Anthony Balakier
  • Jeffrey & Margaret Balboni
  • Gabriel Balkus
  • Bangor Savings Bank
  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Bank of New Hampshire
  • Karin & Stephen Barndollar
  • Kayleigh Barnes
  • Martin & Susan Baroff
  • Mary & Timothy Barretto
  • Elyse Barry & Leonard Korn
  • Margaret & Robert Batal
  • Daniel Battle
  • Hannah Bauer
  • Elizabeth Bauman & Luke Gullick
  • Gail & Tom Beamer / The Gleason Family Fund
  • Cynthia & Robert Bear
  • Steven Bedsole
  • David & Laura Behenna
  • Laura Belsky
  • Benco Dental
  • Kristin & Matthew Berardino
  • Judith Bergeron & Steve Marcotte
  • Kelli & Matt Bernes
  • Nancy Beveridge
  • Susan Bielski
  • Gregory & Jody Bird
  • Jack & Pam Blalock
  • MJ Blanchette & Brian Cox
  • Jiva Bludeau
  • Mindy & Stanley Bocko
  • Paul Bolduc
  • Elisa Bolton & Michael Michaels
  • Elizabeth & Kenneth Bonde
  • Tom Borish
  • Lesa Borninski & Jeffrey Olsen
  • Andrea Borowiecki
  • Dave Bovee
  • Peter Braddock & Cynthia Fenneman
  • Nancy Braese & Michael Travers
  • Amy Brandin
  • Shelley Brass
  • Francis & Judith Breen
  • Carl Brigada, Jr.
  • Lessa Brill & John Wallace
  • Jackie & Robert Brisebois
  • Don & Mary Jo Briselden
  • Helen Brock & Doug Knight
    – in memory of Audrey Adams Havsky
  • The Brook
  • The Dan Brown Giving Fund
  • David & Tracy Brown
  • Gail & Robert Brown
  • Meredith Browne
  • BrownLaw, PLLC
  • Arthur & Barbara Bruinooge
  • Ann & David Brussard
    – in memory of Jackie Stone
  • Colleen Buckless
  • John & Madolyn Buckless
    – in memory of Robert E. Goodwin
    – in honor of Janet Laatsch
    – in memory of Louise D. Stanton
  • Peter & Susan Bunker
  • Joann Buonomano & Thomas Reichheld
  • Karen Burgon
  • Bill & Cindy Burke
  • Sanders Burstein
  • Edward Burzon
  • Donna Buxton
  • Eugene Buzderewicz
  • Harold & Sheila Cail
  • Denise Campano
  • John & Laura Cannon
  • Dan & Joyce Cappiello
  • Megan Carey
  • Lindsey Carter
  • Bruce Casassa
  • Catherine Casey-Flavin & David Flavin
    – in honor of Eleanor Flavin
  • Helene & Paul Cass
  • Donald & Jessica Catino
  • CGI Business Solutions
  • Sylvia Chamberlin
  • James & Lois Champy
  • Anne & Paul Chant
  • Anthony & Karen Chouinard
  • CJ Architects
  • Heather & Jonathan Clark
  • Clark Insurance
  • Mary Claire & Stephen Clarkson
  • Patrick Clary & Mary Rhiel
  • Dave & Jennifer Coffin
  • Cogswell Benevolent Trust
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Residential Brokerage
  • Morgan Cole
  • Chris & Roddy Cole
  • Rick Colman
  • Marcia Comer
  • Community Church of Durham
  • The Congregational Church of Exeter (UCC)
  • Connections for Health
  • Denis Cormier
  • Cornerstone Financial Planning
  • Alexander Cote
  • Paul & Martha Cox and Family
  • Tony Cracknell
  • Lance & Patricia Cramer
  • Emily & William Creighton
  • Steven Crocker
  • Karen Crouch
  • Sarah Cullen
  • Claudia & Scott Cunningham
  • Linda Cunningham
  • Elizabeth Cushing
  • D.F. Richard Energy
  • Mike & Sue Daigle
  • Jim & Mary Ann Daly
  • A. Charles Daniels
  • Darcy Davidson & Bob Snover
  • Judith Day & Raymond Miller
  • Matthew & Sandra Demers
  • Anthony DeMinico
  • Stacie Desfosses
  • Gregory & Sandra DeSisto
  • Kurt DeVay
  • Linda Deyak
  • Burton Dibble
  • Joseph & Lisa DiBrigida
  • Lynn DiElsi
  • Jennie & Peter Dinnerman
  • Kendra & Shon Dionne
  • Dobles Foundation
  • Kevin Dodier
  • Elizabeth Dolan
  • Marisol Doyle
  • Cynthia Drake
  • Dianne & Richard Driscoll
  • Brian Dubreuil
  • Heather & Stephen Duchesneau
  • Elizabeth Duffy
  • Gerald Duffy & Effie Malley
  • Jim Duffy
  • Jane Dugas
  • Linda Dugas
  • Mary & Richard Dumler
  • Barbara & David Dunfee
  • Karen Dunnett & John Murphy
  • Barbara Dunnington
  • Durham (town)
  • Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
  • Chris Dwyer & Michael Huxtable
  • Clem & Martha Dwyer
  • Eastern Bank
  • Eastern Propane Gas, Inc.
  • Rosemary Egan
    – in memory of Joyce Grossi
  • Stephen Egbert
  • Phyllis Eldridge
  • Ellen & William Elliott
  • Steven & Sue Engel
    – in honor of Susan Engel and Terry Martin
  • Gwendolyn English & Henry Ferrell
  • Adam Entrekin
  • Kenneth Ernstoff & Katharine Moody
  • David & Elena Ewing
  • Exeter (town)
  • Exeter Hospital
  • Exeter Hospital
    – on behalf of Rob Eberle
  • Valorie Fanger & Bruce Plotkin
  • Favreau Family
  • Carrie Feyler
  • Elizabeth Field
  • George & Sylvia Findell
  • First Parish Church
  • First Seacoast Bank
  • Drew & Lynn Fitch
  • Bette & David Fitts
  • Flatbread Company – Portsmouth
  • Suzanne Foley
  • Lani Fortier & Justin Pendarvis
  • Roger Fortier
  • Joanne & Peter Foster
  • Jo-Anwyl Foster Keefe
  • Foundation for Seacoast Health
  • Barbara Franzoso
  • & Robert LeGros
  • Frisbie Memorial Hospital
  • Kenneth Fuld & Amanda Merrill
  • David & Susan Gagnon
  • C. Wesley Gardner
  • Garrison Family Dental
  • Helen & Neil Garvey
  • Gayle Gary
  • Alan & Sally Gayer
  • Karen Gellatly
  • Tanner Gibbs
  • Jay & Mary-Pat Gibson
  • Margaret Giguere
  • Michael & Nancy Gilmore
  • Ross Gittell & Jody Hoffer Gittell
  • David & Kim Glendon
  • Jennifer Glidden
  • Cynthia Godin
  • Megan Godin
  • Sarah Gold
  • Gail & Steven Goldberg
  • Valerie Goodwin & Alan Guy
  • Suzanne Gordon
  • Gorman Family
  • Ryan Gough
  • Barbara Goulding
  • Karen & Robert Graham
  • Granite Bay Wealth Management
  • Granite United Way
  • Joan Granlund
  • Cornelia Gray
  • Greater Rochester Community Health Foundation
  • Sean Greenlaw
  • Judd & Kathy Gregg
  • Sue Gregoire
  • Peter Gregorakos
  • Mary Griffin
  • Peter Griffin
  • Anne Grunert
  • Anthony & Marilyn Guidarelli
    – in memory of Joyce Grossi
  • Nancy & Timothy Guilbert
  • Adam & Lauren Gulla
  • Judy Hajjar
  • Bob & Lisa Hall
  • Robert Hammond
  • Hampton (town)
  • Lewis Hann
  • Hannaford Supermarkets
  • Melissa Hardman
  • Ian Hardouin
  • Beryl Harper
  • Deborah Harrigan & Matthew Lahr
  • Terry Lee Harrington
  • Cynthia & Michael Harvell
  • Christine Haskell
  • John & Leslie Haslam
  • Anne Hayward
  • Rebecca & Timothy Hedlund
  • Colleen & David Heller
  • Polly Henkel
  • Barbara Henry & Nancy Winkley
  • Ellen & Mark Hepp
  • Herbert A. Grant & Iva B. Grant
  • Charitable Trust
  • Cindy & Peter Hess
    – in honor of Joann Buonomono, MD
  • Marla & William Hickey
    – in honor of Judy Johnson
  • BJ & Donna Hickman
  • David Hill
  • Gail & Neil Hiltunen
  • Chad Hodgdon
  • Holy Rosary Credit Union
  • Hope Community Church
  • Ken Houle
  • Clifford & Jane Howe
  • Christine Howlett
  • Derek Hubley
  • Catherine & Sean Hunt
  • Kirsten Hunter
  • Hypertherm, Inc.
  • Janet Insolia & Peter Pastor
  • J. Paul Griffin Family Trust
  • Amanda James
  • Ruth James
  • Sarah Jaworski
  • Bruce & Patricia Johnson
  • Reiko Johnson
  • Vernon Johnson
  • Johnson & Johnson Foundation
  • JPMorgan Chase Foundation
  • Allison Jumper
  • Kaczmarek Family
  • Ann Kaiser
  • Abigail & Periklis Karoutas
  • Christine & Paul Kayne
  • Shawn Keenan
  • David & Lindy Keller
  • Dennis & Joanne Kelley
  • Samuel Kelley
  • Bobby Kelly
  • Jennifer Kelly
  • Jeen Kempenaar
  • Kennebunk Savings
  • Joseph & Nancy Kennedy
  • Gary Kish – in memory of Trisha
  • Dara Klein
    – in memory of Harry Klein
  • Knights of Columbus Council 807
  • Samantha Knowlton
  • Charles & Joanne Knox
  • Scott Kobbe
  • Marjorie Kolkin
    – in honor of Joanne Ravgiala
  • Elizabeth & Kurt Korn
  • Robert Kraunz
  • David & Mary Krempels
  • Gavin Kuns
  • Janet Laatsch
  • Matt LaBarre
  • Labcorp
  • Barbara & Paul Labonte
  • Lago’s Ice Cream
  • Albert & Ashley Lamb
  • Sarah Landres
  • Jonathan Langley
  • Douglas Lanier & Susan Walsh /
    Nat Hwilc Foundation
  • Brian LaPierre
  • Patricia Laska & Kenneth St. Hilaire
  • Brenda & Robert Lee
  • Laurie Legard & Harvey Woodward
  • Dennis Lemoine
    – in memory of Brenda Lemoine
  • Lenk & Kuna Orthodontics
  • Grace Lessner
  • Barbara Levenson
  • Dana & Shaula Levenson
  • David & Julie Lewis
  • Jeffrey & Victoria Lewis
  • Sherry Libby
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Andrew & Donna Lietz
  • Tyson Liskow
  • Lonza – in honor of Jason Paradis
  • Jean & Melvin Low
  • Ludes Family Foundation
  • Erika Lundgren
  • Thomas Lydon
  • Kim Lynch
    – in memory of Kevin Loncto
  • Rachel Lyons
  • The M&T Charitable Foundation
  • The MacAlpine Family
  • MacDonald Family Foundation
  • MacLaughlin Management & Design
  • Douglas & Susan MacLennan
  • Kathleen & Robert MacLeod
  • Ed & Fran Mallon
  • Sally & Tony Manfredi
  • Amy Mann & James Polsonetti
  • Suzanne & Tom Manzi
  • Erin & Robert Marshall
  • Denise & Frank Martel
  • Roz Mason
  • Debora & John Mayer
  • David & Nancy McArdle
    – in memory of Skip Homicz
  • Leslie McCarthy
  • A. M. & Garvin McCurdy
  • Anne-Marie & John McKenna
  • Nancy & Scott McKinney
  • Robin McLane
  • McLane Middleton
  • Kelley McLaughlin & Sean Thomas
  • Mary Ellen & Timothy McNamara
  • Bryanna McNamee
  • Robert McNamee
  • George & Tracey Melchior
  • James & Kathleen Melitus
  • Claire & Michael Merenda
  • Chelsea & Jake Meserve
  • Jill Millet
  • Tom Milliman & Mary Ellen Webb
    – in memory of John Wicklein
  • Brian & Cynthia Mitchell
  • Moccia Comedy Productions
  • Elizabeth & Everett Moitoza
  • Jessica Moran
  • Paul & Sharon Morrill
  • Esther & Peter Motson
  • Jeff & Karen Mountjoy
  • David & Linda Muchemore
  • Allison Mulligan
  • Julie & Roger Mulloy
  • Brian & Lisa Murphy
  • N.N.E.R.S. of NA
  • Robert & Susan Nalewajk
  • National Life Group Charitable Foundation
  • Blair Nelson
  • David & Dianne Ness
  • Anne & J. Christopher Nettleton
  • Joan & Peter Neumann
  • Joann Neumann
  • New Castle (town)
  • New Castle Congregational Church
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
    – Jo Ann and David Hampson Family Charitable Fund
    – John and Lelia Lamson Fund
    – Benjamin and Jane Lannon Charitable Fund
    – George W. Merck Fund
    – Evans Morone Family Fund
    – Ouellett and Furbush Family Fund
    – Oliver J. and Dorothy Penniman Hubbard New Futures Fund
    – Prince/Bergh Family Fund
    – Adam and Reagan Ruedig Fund
    – Rutman Family Fund
    – Joseph G. and Jean E. Sawtelle Fund – FASB Restricted
    – Substance Abuse Grantmaking Fund
    – Barbara K. and Cyrus B. Sweet III Fund
    – John and Mabel Healy Tillinghast Memorial Fund
  • Newburyport Bank Charitable Foundation
  • Newington (town)
  • Jane Newman
  • Joy & Shawn Newton
  • NH Healthy Families
  • Aaron Nichols
  • Mary Nichols
  • Denise & Thomas Nies
  • Elizabeth Nordgren
  • Normand Higham, P.A.
  • North Church of Portsmouth
  • Northeast Delta Dental Foundation
  • Kerry & Russ Norton
  • Lawson Noyes
  • John O’Brien
  • Pamela & Paul Ockert
  • Sandra Osborne
  • O’Sullivan Family
    – in honor of Edna White-O’Sullivan
  • Leanne Ouellette
  • Dan & Paula Packard
  • Mike & Sheila Palczynski
  • Jeffrey & Mary Ellen Palmer
  • Palmer Gas & Oil
  • Dixie Pappas
  • Crystal Paradis
  • Judith Parks
  • Partners Bank
  • Paul McInnis Inc.
  • Kevin Pay
  • PayPal Giving Fund
  • Linda Pelchat
  • Christine & Keith Perkins
  • Tricia Perra
  • Jason Perron
  • Evelyn Pettis
  • Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Patrick & Rene Philpott
  • Israel Piedra
  • Nancy & Walter Pierce
  • Lois & Roger Pinsince
  • Piscataqua Savings Bank
  • Donna & Thomas Pistole
  • Gene Poire
  • City of Portsmouth/U.S. Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program
  • Portsmouth (city)
  • Portsmouth Regional Hospital
  • Bridget Pote
  • Jo Ann Price
  • Prime Buchholz LLC
  • Kenneth & Rona Purdy
  • Alan & Anna Quinn
  • Cora Quisumbing-King
  • Charlotte Ramsay
    – in honor of Beth Searle-Spratt
  • Brett & Leslie Rankin
  • Chris Ratte
  • Joanne Ravgiala & Alfred
  • Tomaselli
  • George Reardon
    – in honor of Patricia Vorkink
  • Katharine & William Reardon
  • The Red Door Pottery Studio
  • Michelle Register
    – in memory of Angela Campbell, my sweet niece
  • Lisa Reinke
  • RELYCO
  • Darayl Remick
  • Fred & Jane Reynolds
  • Penny Reynolds
  • Suzanne Reynolds
  • Anita Rice
  • Brenda Rivard
  • Douglas Roberts
  • John Robertson
  • Kelly Robidas
  • Elisabeth Robinson
  • Sarah Robinson
  • Rockland Trust
  • Carol & Kevin Rodenberg
  • Rachel Rogers
  • Gael Rohrdanz
  • Anne Romney
  • Ephemeral Roshdy
  • Jon & Kathy Ross
  • Rotary Club of Portsmouth
    – in honor of Dr. Robert Andelman
  • Mary Beth Rudolph
  • Nancy Ryan
  • Rye (town)
  • Safran Aerospace Composites
  • Stephanie & Thomas Saltonstall
  • Charles Samdperil Humanitarian Memorial Foundation
  • A. Vaughan & Elizabeth Sanborn
  • Scott Sanders
  • Brenda Sargent
  • Marybeth Savage
  • Lucia Savage-Reeder
  • Karen Schalitz
  • Jodi & Stuart Scharff
  • Mary Alice Schatzle
  • Kathy & Peter Scheu, Lebor Family Foundation
  • John & Joyce Schleyer
  • Dottie Schmidt
  • Janet Schofield
  • Tracy Schroeder
  • Ira & Jennifer Schwartz
  • Jaclyn Scott Kay
  • Seabrook (town)
  • Seacoast Area Lodge No. 2303 OSIA
  • Seascape Capital Management
  • Stefany Shaheen & Craig Welch
  • Christine & Kevin Shannon
  • Dann & Georgette Shapiro
  • Brenda & Rick Sharton
    – in honor of Dr. William A. Ruel
  • Leo Shayo
  • Buzz Shiely
  • Kaitlyn Shouse
  • Linda Sibik
  • Piera Siegert
  • Dick & Sheila Siener
  • Barbara & Scott Simundza
    – on behalf of Susan Beck and Bob Horton & Rose Mallon
  • Michele & Roy Small
  • Bob & Janet Smith
  • James Smith
  • Barbara Shea-Smucker & Bill Smucker
  • Jenifer & John Smyth
  • John & Susan Sokul
  • Speedway Children’s Charities
  • Geoffrey & Terri Spitzer
  • Sprague
  • St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
  • Amy Stackpole
  • Fiona & Matthew Stafford
  • David & Maureen Staples
  • Jennifer Stebbins Thomas & Dylan Thomas
  • Niel & Sarah Stender
  • Morey Stettner & Margie Wachtel
  • Gary Stevens
  • Eric & Martha Stone
  • Stratham (town)
  • Alane & James Sullivan
  • John & Maureen Sullivan
  • Barbara Sweet
  • Lynn Sweet
    – in memory of Kevin Dugas
  • Jim & Michele Swisher
  • Katherine Sydnor
    – in honor of Tristan Jennings Miller
  • Symmetry Yoga Studio
  • Ann Tassinari
  • Anna Teal
  • Lisa Tetrault-Zhe & Mike Zhe
  • Christine Thayer
    – in memory of Jaqueline Mahoney
  • Caroline Thomas
  • Elise Thomas
    – in honor of Tracey Lyras
  • Robert Thomas
  • Kevin Thompson
  • Bob & Sue Thoresen
  • Tobey & Merrill Insurance
  • Nick Toumpas
  • Bryan Towle
  • Gary Towle
  • Mallory Triest
    – in honor of Dr. David Staples
  • Rae Tripp
  • Mark Trombetto
  • Bernadette Troncoso
    – in honor of Joanne Ravgiala
  • Danna & William Truslow
  • Helen Tsai
  • Kerri Turgeon
  • Michael Turgeon
  • Susan Turner
  • Adam & Katie Underwood
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Marrielle Van Rossum
  • Nancy & Rodman Van Sciver
  • Sherri Vandenbussche
  • Lee & Peter Vandermark
  • Dennis & Amanda Veilleux
  • Krista Vincent
  • Joan Wade
  • Richard & Sandra Walent
  • Carol Walker
  • Jill Walker
  • Sarah Wedge & David Yunker
  • Pat & Peter Weeks
  • Janet Weinstein
  • WellSense Health Plan
  • Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
  • Alan & Sharon Weston
    – in memory of William Ruel, DMD
  • Anne Whitney
  • Bruce & Vicky Whitney
  • Ellen & Michael Whitney
  • Brad & Julie Wiggin
  • David & Libby Wilcox
  • Cheri & Peter Wilkins
  • Christina & Keith Wilkinson
  • Michael Willett
  • Anne Williamson
  • Melissa Wilson
  • Wit-Way Supply, Inc.
    – in memory of Mr. Johnny Watson
  • Gayle Wolfe
  • Elaine & Roger Wood
  • Patricia Wood
  • Cathy Young
  • Jeannine & Scott Zeller
  • Claudia Zouak
  • Susan Zuckert
  • Anonymous Friends (89)
  • – In Honor Of:
    Richie Caron
    Barbara Henry
    The McNamara Family
    Joanne Ravgiala
    Brian A. Reardon
    Barb and Scott Simundza
  • – In Memory Of:
    Jody Couillard
    Lindsay Josephs
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Healthy Tomorrows Legacy Circle

These individuals have made planned gifts to sustain the health of our community.

  • Anonymous (3)
  • Clarke & Laurie Chandler
  • Harlan & Patricia Cutshall
  • Gerald Duffy & Effie Malley
  • Phyllis Eldridge
  • Barbara Franzoso & Robert LeGros
  • Martha Fuller Clark & Geoffrey Clark
  • Eugene & Susan Glick
  • Barbara Henry
  • Andy Livingston & Donna Ryan
  • Monica McCarthy
  • Ruth Mott
  • Cynthia Muse
  • Peter & Sylvia Pettingill
  • Dan & Lisa Schwarz
  • Naomi & William Scott
  • Bob & Sue Thoresen

Giving back to the community makes us all better human beings. ~Linda Martino, Volunteer

Team Recognition

Thanks to Our Volunteers

In 2023, our 25 dedicated volunteers donated 2,288 hours of service, valued at about $52,000 in total. We would especially like to recognize three volunteer providers who retired in 2023: Physicians Bob Andelman and David Gagnon served in the Medication-Assisted Recovery program for seven years and five years, respectively, while psychiatrist Amy Feitelson donated her services for eight years. We appreciate their — and all of our volunteers’ —dedication to our patients and support for our staff.

  • 20+ years
    Phyllis Eldridge
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  • 11-15 years
    Chelsea Brown
    Barbara Silverstone
  •  
  • 6-10 years
    Robert Andelman
    Amy Feitelson
    Tracey Lyras
    Chris Martino
    Linda Martino
    Arnold Silverstone
  •  
  • 1-5 years
    Olivia Anunziata-Blaisdell
    Tara Baglio
    Liam Belluche
    Clara Kindellen Daw
    Daisha Drake
    Kara Frasier
    David Gagnon
    Crystal Goodrich
    Barry Linscott
    Olivia McDermottroe
    Heidi Milardo
    Eileen Murphy
    Denise Nies
    Priscilla Torella
    Joshua Warner
    Tyler Zhe

Staff Anniversaries

In 2023, more than 40 employees had worked for our organization for 10 years or more. 
We appreciate their longevity and commitment to our mission.

  • Ann Morrissette
  • Sharlene Poitras
  • Luann Rodney
  • Donna Bernier
  • Lucinda Connell
  • Kimberly Garca
  • Denise Lozier
  • Erin Ross
  • Beth Searle-Spratt
  • Michael Thompson
  • Margie Wachtel
  • Megan Atkins
  • Sherryl Bennett
  • Maria Dagan
  • Sharon Daudelin
  • Jessica Garlough
  • Whitney Goode
  • Cheryl Hamilton
  • Jennifer Jestude-Malone
  • Jannell Levine
  • Misha Lugo
  • Hilary O’Neil
  •  
  • Mika Buckley
  • Tiffaney Burdick
  • Jo Ann Clement
  • Gary DeColfmacker
  • Dayna DeHart
  • Shannon DeLee
  • Lara Drolet
  • Elizabeth Harrison
  • Jessica Howcroft
  • Patricia Keck
  • David Lunianski
  • Mary Moynihan
  • Melissa Niles
  • Paula Place
  • Sherry Royal
  • Debra Sbrizza
  • Coreen Toussaint
  • Susan Turner
  • Kevin Zent

The best part of my job is helping patients and coworkers achieve their goals, and being an advocate for patients who can't advocate for themselves." ~ Shannon Lubbe, Nurse

About Us

Mission

To deliver innovative, compassionate, integrated health services and support that are accessible to all in our community, regardless of ability to pay.

Vision

To provide everyone in our community an opportunity to live a long and healthy life.

Values

Compassion, Respect, Integrity, Collaboration, Excellence

Staff Leadership

  • Jim Avrett, MBA Chief Executive Officer
  • Rick Barton Director of Human Resources 
  • Joann Buonomano, MD, MBA Chief Medical Officer
  • Karen Frarie, LICSW, MLADC Director of Behavioral Health 
  • Kim Garca Director of Patient Accounts
  • Jess Garlough Director of Family and Social Services 
  • Whitney Goode, DMD Chief Dental Officer
  • Joann Neumann Chief Development Officer
  • Sharlene Poitras Chief Information Officer
  • Erin Ross Chief Financial Officer
  • Kevin Zent Site Medical Director, Goodwin Community Health

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Jennifer Glidden Chair
  • Dennis Veilleux Vice Chair
  • Jim SepanskiTreasurer
  • Christine Perkins Secretary

Board Members

  • Laura Belsky
  • Andrea Borowiecki
  • Jody Hoffer Gittel
  • Tim McNamara
  • Allison Mulligan
  • Kathy Scheu
  • Jeffrey Segil, MD
  • Marrielle Van Rossum

Our Services

  • Primary, prenatal and dental care 
  • Behavioral health care, including substance use disorder treatment
  • Mobile health clinics for people experiencing homelessness or low incomes
  • Parent education and family playgroups
  • One-on-one family support
  • Social services, insurance enrollment, and prescription assistance

Our Network

8 Greenleaf Woods Drive
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603.422.8208

311 Route 108
Somersworth, NH 03878
603.749.2346

Our Program Partners

Program Highlights header photo by Brandi Rocheleau. Other header photographs by Matt Parker and Greater Seacoast Community Health staff.

If it weren’t for the sliding scale fee discount and help with my medications, I don’t know where I’d be.” ~ a Health Center patient

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