NBHC Joins New ACO C3

NEW BEDFORD, MA., April 2023 -- Effective April 1st 2023, NBCH has joined with 22 other community health centers around Massachusetts in an ACO called Community Care Cooperative (or C3). "We are proud to welcome NBCH into our community of health centers as we expand across Massachusetts and nationally," said Christina Severin, President and CEO of C3. "We are looking forward to working with the team at NBCH to serve our members and provide advanced integrated and coordinated community-based care."

Participation within C3 has allowed New Bedford Community Health to be part of a larger community of community health centers dedicated to celebrating the value of diversity, pursuing racial justice, practicing cultural humility, and continuously improving to attain equity in health care. Staying connected to this organization is very important to NBCH as it enhances our mission, values, and quality of care.

"We are excited to be joining Community Care Collaborative (C3) to support enhanced coordinated care that focuses on improving health outcomes and patient satisfaction, said Cheryl Bartlett, RN, President and CEO of New Bedford Community Health. "C3 is recognized as one of the best places to work in Massachusetts. They are recognized nationally for creating a strong collaboration among federally qualified community health centers, sharing best practices to achieve these goals."

What Is an Accountable Care Organization?

An ACO is a group of health care providers that work together and are accountable for both the total cost of care provided to their patients and for the quality of the care provided.

What Makes C3 Different?

New Bedford Community Health and the other health centers of C3 share the same mission and values to support low-income population.
Most Massachusetts ACOs are hospitals or health systems. C3 is the only health center-based ACO and one of only three non-system based ACOs in the state.
As an ACO, we are not solely focused on the volume of care we provide. We are concerned with ensuring everyone gets what they need throughout the entire health care system.