East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and South End Community Health Center Announce Intent to Merge

This week, in one of the first mergers of
its kind in Massachusetts, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) and
South End Community Health Center (SECHC) announced their intent to merge after
signing a definitive merger agreement.

Pending federal and state regulatory
approvals, SECHC will become a part of EBNHC with Manny Lopes remaining as
president and CEO. The merger will add SECHC’s 180-plus employees and 19,000
patients to the largest community health center in Massachusetts and one of the
largest in the country. SECHC will continue to provide comprehensive health
care services in the South End.

“As SECHC celebrates 50 years of service to
the South End, we also look to the future. Our number one goal is to strengthen
high-quality care for this community in an increasingly complex and volatile
health care system that favors economies of scale,” said Bill Walczak, CEO and
president of SECHC. “We have strategically considered many pathways to
achieving this goal over the past several years and are delighted to have
reached an agreement with EBNHC that positions community-based care to thrive.”

Manny Lopes, president and CEO of EBNHC,
added, “Our organizations have shared a common mission for decades and there is
a lot we can learn from one another. As health centers, it is our duty to
innovate and grow in financially sustainable ways to ensure we are preserving
and advancing affordable, accessible, high-quality care in communities that
need it most. We believe that welcoming SECHC into our organization will benefit

patients, staff, and our communities.”

Post-merger, EBNHC will support
approximately 1,200 employees and more than 100,000 patients per year with an
operating budget of $165 million, providing high-quality services and programs
in neighborhoods on both sides of Boston Harbor.

The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
(EBNHC) has been a vital part of its community for more than 40 years,
providing easily accessible, high-quality health care to all who live and work
in East Boston and the surrounding communities of Chelsea, Revere, Everett, and
Winthrop. EBNHC supports more than 1,000 employees and handles 300,000 visits
per year – more than any other ambulatory care center in New England.

South End
Community Health Center (SECHC) is a comprehensive health care organization for
all residents of the South End and surrounding communities. Founded in
1969, SECHC is committed to providing the highest quality,
coordinated health care that is both culturally and linguistically sensitive to
every patient, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender
identity, physical ability, and/or income. SECHC’s multi-cultural and highly
trained staff of 180-plus serves more than 19,000 patients with an operating
budget of $16.5 million.

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East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and South End Community Health Center Announce Intent to Merge

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