Outer Cape Health Services (OCHS) today announced that its Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Andy Lowe of Eastham, has been named to the board of directors of The New England Rural Health RoundTable. The “RoundTable” is the rural health association for the six-state New England region. Mr. Lowe joins nearly 20 colleagues from around New England representing Massachusetts’ rural healthcare interests and directing the work of The RoundTable, which includes advocacy, performance improvement and other outreach and strategic initiatives to address healthcare disparities in the respective states’ rural regions.
The majority of Outer Cape Health Services’ service region is classified as rural by the Massachusetts Office of Rural Health because of the combination of low population density and isolation from services, employment opportunities, and resources. Due to the Lower and Outer Cape’s geographic isolation and distance from hospitals, OCHS serves an important role in coordinating patient care with other social service and health agencies and Cape Cod Hospital.
“Throughout New England, rural healthcare providers share common challenges such as the recruitment and retainment of an adequate healthcare workforce, limited access to dental and mental health services, and increasing demands for primary and specialty services,” according to Mr. Lowe. “Today more than ever, rural communities must address disparities in access, behavioral health, substance use services, and the demands of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions. I am honored to work with The RoundTable on these important issues.”
“Andy’s appointment strengthens both The RoundTable and OCHS as we work regionally to address the pressing needs of the rural communities we mutually serve,” added Patricia Nadle, OCHS Chief Executive Officer. “We are happy to share our experiences and learn from our New England colleagues in a collaborative environment that helps us advance our shared missions.”