Family Healthcare Center

SSTAR has three locations for primary health care – The Family Health Care Center @ SSTAR located at the main campus, 400 Stanley Street Fall River, MA (Highland Area), SSTAR’s South End Services located at 1010 South Main Street (South End) and SSTAR’s North End Services at 75 Weaver Street (North End).

The Family Healthcare Center at SSTAR is a Federally Qualified Health Center that will not deny care based on your ability to pay.  We have Health Access Navigators that will assist you in accessing health insurance and we have a federally set Sliding Scale fee structure where any fees are based on your income and household size.

Our Health Center receives Health and Human Services funding and has Federal PHS deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered providers.

We have expanded to a family medicine model, serving all people from infancy through adulthood. Most of our patients have encountered obstacles to care or personal situations that have required supportive services. We provide primary healthcare, preventative medicine, education and supportive services for all individuals. Our specialized services include infectious diseases including the treatment of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. Services are provided regardless of an ability to pay. Bi-lingual staff is available.

“We offer same day appointments please click Request  An Appointment to request an appointment with a provider. We now offer Telemedicine appointments.

 Specialized Programs

Enhanced Medical Management Services

This Program at SSTAR’s Family Health Care Center, provides ‘Access to Care and Treatment’ for HIV and Hepatitis C clients. Case Management Services are available to assist clients with individual needs.

Post Exposure Prophylaxis (P.E.P.)

For individuals who have been in contact with potentially infected body fluids in an exposure event. For example, needle-stick injuries or contact with blood-to-blood events.

Health Access Program

The Health Access Program has Certified Application Counselors to assist you in finding an affordable health insurance that fits you and your family needs. Contact us or stop by if you need to know more about available insurances or assistance in completion of applications. We are here for you!!

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Nutritional Counseling

The Nutritional Counseling program at SSTAR’s Family HealthCare Center provides individual nutritional counseling and assessment services for everyone concerned about their dietary lifestyle. Emphasis is provided to support specialized nutritional needs including diabetes, obesity, cholesterol, HIV and hypertension. Pediatric consultations are also available.

Sexually Transmitted Disease (S.T.I.) Clinic

SSTAR offers an STI Clinic staffed by an RN and a trained professional. Our services include: Diagnosis of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, risk reduction counseling, education and referral for primary medical care. All services are confidential and are available to everyone regardless of citizenship status. Early intervention is critical to maintaining one’s reproductive health. All STDs are treatable and many are curable.

Buprenorphine/Suboxone Program

Treatment for opiate dependence including medical detox and maintenance in a clinical setting provided by the primary care physician and nurses. This program offers relapse prevention group therapy and individual counseling incorporated into primary health care.

Chronic Disease Management Program – RN Case Manager for Diabetes, Asthma, and High Blood Pressure

Diabetes Case Management Program provides nursing intervention and counseling to clients with Diabetes. Services include blood sugar monitoring, medical management, foot care and preventative services. Bi-lingual Community Health Workers are available for case management and home visits.

Confidential Services for Adolescents

Staff is available to assist adolescents in making informed choices about their health for confidential issues, such as pregnancy and substance use. Testing, treatment, education and support is available without parental consent, although involvement of concerned parents or guardians is always a goal. Services are not charged to parents/guardian’s health insurance.

After Hours Care

The Family HealthCare Center at SSTAR provides 24/7 access to care for our patients. Simply call our main number, 508-675-1054, to be connected to our on-call answering service. They will carefully listen to your concerns and contact the appropriate provider who can help you get the medical care you need. This 24/7 service is for illness and medical concerns. Refills requests must be sent to your pharmacy, as this after hours provider cannot do refills.

Our Team

  • George Maxted
    MD, Chief Medical Officer, Family Health Care Center
  • Donald Page Rice Jr.
    MD, Family Health Care Center
  • Dillen Bosgra
    MD, Family Health Care Center
  • Katie Raju
    FNP, Family Health Care Center
  • Hannah Girard
    BC, DNP, FNP, Family Health Care Center and MAT
  • Phyllis Cook
    FNP, Family Health Care Center
  • Adrianna Medeiros
    FNP, Family Health Care Center
  • Emery W. Marcus
    BC, CARN, FNP, PMHNP, Research Medication For Addiction Treatment
  • Jakob Thomas
    FNP, Family Health Care Center
  • Erica Barratt
    MD, Family Health Care Center
  • Joan Barrett
    Nutritionist, Family Health Care Center


  • “I’m glad I contacted SSTAR when I did. Other alternatives kept shuffling me around, but at SSTAR, I was treated like a real person.”

    – Tim S.
  • “I’m so thankful for SSTAR. I go there for therapy and i have a psychiatrist i see every other month. This place has changed my life in ways i never thought possible. Between having my medication managed and talking with someone one on one they have the perfect treatment plan based on my needs. I’m very thankful.”

    – Jessica T.
  • “I love Dr. Rice he’s such a great doctor he really cares about his patients I’m so grateful for him.”

    – Katie F.
  • “Rebecca was really nice & really helpful. She always called to keep me updated. She also made an appointment I needed to happened. She’s the best!”

    – Serenity S.
  • “Employees very caring very kind if you’re looking for help with anything that has to do with your emotional well-being your physical health this is definitely the place to go and I promise you all of your needs would be met here.”

    – Bernadette T.
  • “Helped me recover and find myself.”

    – Darrian W.
  • “Solid, competent, professional counselors and staff management is top notch.”

    – Wayne C.

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