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Codman Adopts New Electronic Health Records System

Codman is pleased to be transitioning to a new electronic BMC Connect Epic health records system that will help us provide more efficient care to all of our patients. Starting on June 1, our staff will be working in the new system, and you may notice some changes.

  • Staff may ask you for information that you have given before, due to some initial gaps in the system.
  • You may have to verify information.
  • It may take longer for us to respond to you and complete your care. We greatly appreciate your understanding!
  • You may have to make some updates to your patient portal.

Thank you for your patience as we go through this process.


Final Randolph Vaccine Clinic Offers Gift Cards, Lunch, and More!

Codman is hosting its final all-ages vaccine clinic on Saturday, April  29, at 47 Memorial Parkway (Shaw’s Plaza) in Randolph from 9 am to 5 pm. We offer primary or booster doses. Come for the health protection, but stay for the fun.

See details below:

  • Gift cards to select stores with every COVID vaccine
  • Food trucks
  • All customers can enter a raffle to win one of many premium prizes

This vaccine location is closing its doors on April 30.

Questions? Call 781-961-0930, ext. 1

MassHealth Members – Don’t Lose Your Health Insurance Coverage!

All members of MassHealth must renew their coverage to make sure they are still eligible and receive the best benefits they can.


If you need help, Codman financial counselors can help!

Stop by Codman Square Health Center or make an appointment by calling 617-822-8271 or request an appointment here for financial/insurance services.

Learn About Health Equity in Massachusetts

Codman is partnering with the Health Equity Compact and Union Capital Boston to host a free virtual network night on Thursday, April 13 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to join!

The Health Equity Compact is a group of more than 50 black and Latinx leaders in Massachusetts working to advance health equity in the state. Attendees at the Network Night will lear about why the compact was created and what it is doing to make measurable change. Bring your questions!


Senator Markey Visits Codman, Calls it the “Platinum Standard”

US Senator Ed Markey visited Codman on February 23 to talk with providers and staff, and to discuss his efforts to make diabetes care more affordable. Several local press attended the event, which featured Codman’s CEO Sandra Cotterell, Codman’s Chief Medical Officer Renee, Crichlow, MD, and Boston Medical Center’s Christian Arbalez, MD, Chief of Emergency Services.

US Senator Markey (center) poses with Chief Medical Officer Renee Crichlow, MD (left), Sandra Parisien, RN, Siiri Bantz, RN, Paulette St. Germain, RN, Janay Sanford, RN, and Mah Weah, MA.

Sen. Markey toured the health center and chatted with staff, asking about their jobs, patients, and work. He talked, laughed, and took photos with many staff members, and was very engaged in learning more about Codman’s services.

Sen. Markey reminisced about his last visit, and said, “In 2018 I said Codman wasthe gold standard of health centers. As I walk around and see the changes, I now say you are the platinum standard.” He continued: “You just keep getting better and better at what you do.”

After Markey’s introductory remarks, he talked about the challenge for many people to afford their medication, specifically insulin for people with diabetes. He pointed out that some people may pay more than $1,000 a month for insulin and added that the scientists who discovered it sold the patents for $1.

Sen. Markey is advocating for legislation that would cap out-of-pocket insulin expenses for those who need the medication.

Dr. Crichlow elaborated on the importance of insulin and its affordability. “It’s not just about the insulin — it’s about getting the insulin to the right people at the right place at the right time,” said Renee Crichlow, Codman Square Chief Medical Officer. “You have to realize equity is putting resources where they’re needed most. “

Dr. Arbalez talked about how, as an emergency room physician, he sees the results of acute illness brought on by inadequate diabetes care. He told the story of a patient who came to the emergency department with severe complications of her disease as a result of not being able to afford medication.

Sen. Markey’s legislation has broad support among many other lawmakers and interest groups.

Eye Care Welcomes New Leadership & Providers, Expands Capacity

Debi Sarma, OD

Codman made some exciting updates to its eye care department that will expand access to eye care services for our patients and community. We now have openings to accommodate people who need eye care appointments in the coming weeks.

Like many medical providers, the impact of COVID on our operations meant that we were not able to see patients as quickly as we wanted. Fortunately, we recently welcomed two new experienced and dynamic eye care providers, and that is opening our schedules.

We are excited to welcome Doctors Debi Sarma, DO, and Dan Phuong Nguyen, DO, to Codman!

Dr. Sarma joins as Codman’s new Director of Eye Care. Dr. Sarma has deep experience delivering eye care in community health centers and other settings. She is passionate not only about giving patients the best care possible but doing so by getting to know her patients and understanding what treatments and services work best for them.

Dr. Sarma is also committed to working closely with her patients and colleagues to take proactive steps to prevent blindness. Dr. Sarma speaks English and Assamese.

Dr. Dan Phuong Nguyen joined Codman in February 2023 and brings her valuable experience working in busy ophthalmology practices, including at other community health centers. She is excited to get to know the Codman patients and community. Dr. Nguyen was born in Vietnam, and speaks speaks English and Vietnamese.

The new providers join other Codman eye care providers Dr. Khuu in ensuring that Codman’s patients’ eye care is top notch. Codman’s eye care providers work closely with our primary care providers to take special care to reach out to patients who are at risk for diminished vision.

If you are looking to book an eye care appointment at Codman, you can fill out an appointment request form or call 617-822-8271.

Codman Recognizes World AIDS Day

Codman recognized World AIDS Day by hosting a health center-wide event for the staff with food, giveaways, staff and patient stories, and giveaways. World AIDS Day occurs on Dec. 1 each year

and is an opportunity for people to unite to fight against the spread of HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

This year, Codman’s Communicable Disease Prevention Program (CDPP), which coordinates care for people living with HIV, performs testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and more, hosted the World AIDS Day event.

CDPP staff prepared an engaging trivia contest that tested people’s knowledge of the history of the illness, its treatments, and its activists. They also ran a presentation highlighting HIV activists over the years, CDPP patient stories, and staff biographies.

Codman’s CDPP program offers extensive services for patients who are living with HIV including:

  • Case managers who can support patients with appointments, transportation, advocacy, and more
  • Onsite pharmacy
  • Integrated behavioral health services
  • Prevention (PrEP, free condoms)
  • Highly specialized and experienced medical staff

If you are interested in learning more about World AIDS Day, HIV, or Codman’s services testing for sexually transmitted infections, prevention HIV, or living with HIV, please contact 617-822-8350.

Codman Distributes Hundreds of Toys to Young Patients


Codman hosted its annual Holiday Gift Giveaway on Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Great Hall in Codman Square and gave away hundreds of wrapped gifts to patients.

Families from Notre Dame Academy in Hingham donated 480 carefully selected gifts. The students at the school joyously wrapped them and packaged them up by age and gender for young Codman patients.

Each year, Codman gives parents the opportunity to register their children who are patients of the health center for a holiday gift. Codman staff create a gift bag from the donated presents for each family who registered that includes a gift(s) for each of the children that is specific to the child’s gender and age.

On the day of the Gift Giveaway, parents came in to a festive scene with decorations, Holiday music, staff handing out presents, and children’s entertainment. Kristen Hale delighted children at the event with her custom-made balloon animals, face painting, and more!

Thank you to the students, families, and staff at Notre Dame Academy for the generous donations, and thank you to all the health center families for sharing in this joyous time with us!