About Us

About HealthFirst

HealthFirst Family Care Center, Inc. is a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides primary healthcare to anyone in the Twin Rivers and Lakes Regions of New Hampshire. The five-county area includes 23 rural townships (Alexandria, Andover, Ashland, Belmont, Bridgewater, Bristol, Center Harbor, Danbury, Franklin, Gilford, Gilmanton, Groton, Hebron, Hill, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough, New Hampton, Northfield, Salisbury, Sanbornton, Sandwich and Tilton).

HealthFirst Family Care Center Inc. is please to be  a Federally Qualified  Health Center. We provide our services in Compliance with Rules under Sec 330 with partial program funding from Health and Human Services, Bureau of Primary Health Care Services. “This health center receives HHS funding and has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.”

We promote health, wellness and disease prevention through a variety of health screenings such as breast and cervical cancer screenings. Sore throats, sutures, sprains, strains, digestive problems, depression, diabetes, and physicals are also some of the reasons you may want to see us. We also have an excellent prenatal program.

You, your children, parents, and grandparents now have access to medical care, social services, behavioral health counseling, and nutritional counseling – all in one place for your convenience.

HealthFirst can offer a full range of services for your family’s healthcare needs, because we are part of a team with other Health and Human Services providers. Included on the interagency team are: LRGHealthcare; Franklin Regional Hospital; Franklin VNA & Hospice; Newfound Area Nursing Association (NANA); Riverbend Community Mental Health; Genesis Behavioral Health; Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice; Community Action Program (CAP) – Belknap Merrimack Counties; Child and Family Services of New Hampshire; Lakes Region Community Services; Horizons Counseling Center; Partnership for Public Health; local schools; and, other area providers.

The health center receives HHS funding and has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.” For more information, see http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/ftca/.

Our Mission

To provide high quality primary healthcare, integrated behavioral health, treatment, prevention, and education services to residents of our service area, regardless of their ability to pay or insurance status, depending upon available resources. To coordinate and cooperate with regional healthcare and specialty providers to assure the people of this community the fullest possible range of healthcare and prevention services.

Kudos from Our Clients

I would like to thank the whole staff for the outstanding treatments I received last week.  I came in with strep throat, and my throat was closed to the point that I couldn’t even swallow water.  I got an IV for my dehydration and a shot to clear up the infection.  Laura [Smith, Medical Assistant], Cindy [Cook, Triage Nurse], and “The Doc” [Dr. Teresa Smith de Cherif] fixed me up that morning, and I was feeling better before I left.  They called the next couple of days to check up on me, which really let me know that not only did they do their job, but really cared about my health.  That’s a great feeling to know that they actually cared.  Thank you so much for everything.

I am forever grateful for HealthFirst Family Care Center and Jason Gabaree.  I went in to see him with an eye issue.  It was drooping and I was seeing double.  Dr. Google was of no assistance and my ophthalmologist was on vacation.  I went for a blood test and Jason called me at home and gently suggested I go to the Emergency Department (ED).  His demeanor didn’t alarm me at all.  The ED doctor said a CAT scan was necessary and the results of that determined I had a brain aneurysm.  I was taken by ambulance to Dartmouth-Hitchcock.  I feel quite fortunate that my life’s journey wasn’t cut short!

Recognition and Awards

HealthFirst has received many awards including:

  • The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designation as a Level III Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)
  • A Federal Bureau of Primary Health Care quality award
  • A State of New Hampshire award for outstanding immunizations rate for children

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