Outer Cape Health Services (OCHS) announced today that Medical Director Barbara Prazak, MD will transition to a part-time clinical role with the organization. Prazak has served as the OCHS Medical Director for the past seven years during a period of dramatic growth, overseeing medical staff recruitment, training and protocols in addition to seeing patients. During her tenure, OCHS added a Harwich site for which she oversaw the medical provider staff in addition to the Provincetown and Wellfleet health center locations.
In her new role, Dr. Prazak, 62, will relinquish her administrative oversight duties and focus on direct care for her patient base while also playing a clinical leadership role in OCHS’ plans to expand and upgrade its Wellfleet and Harwich Port health centers. Dr. Prazak, a long-time Wellfleet resident, is board certified in internal medicine. After graduating magna cum laude from Boston College, she obtained her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and completed her internal medicine residency at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. She has practiced as a board certified internist since 1983 and began working with OCHS in 1989 as a primary care physician. In 2015, Dr. Prazak was honored with the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers' Physician of the Year Award.
“We are happy and grateful to have the privilege of continuing to work with Dr. Prazak in her next phase with us at OCHS,” said Patricia Nadle, OCHS CEO. “It has also been our great fortune to have had Dr. Prazak as both our Medical Director and as an internist for nearly three decades. Her breadth and depth of expertise and deep ties to the Outer Cape are unparalleled.”
Over the past 28 years, Prazak has set an outstanding standard for top quality care and dedication to the local communities served by OCHS. “We are in the process of posting for the Medical Director position as we work to smoothly transition Dr. Prazak into her new OCHS role by May 1,” added Nadle.
“I am looking forward to having more time with both my family and my patients, but also to the opportunity of helping OCHS with its goal of expanding our Wellfleet and Harwich Port centers to better serve our patients and community,“ explains Dr. Prazak. “My new role at OCHS allows me to look to the future in a way that supports my personal goals and interests while also satisfying my passion for improving access to quality healthcare.”
OCHS operates community health centers in Harwich, Wellfleet and Provincetown offering primary care, specialty and urgent care, behavioral health and dental services, in addition to two pharmacies in Provincetown and Wellfleet. OCHS serves some 16,500 residents and visitors to the Lower and Outer Cape annually with more than 70,000 total patient visits.