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Cambridge Health Alliance Names David Bor, MD as First Chief Academic Officer
6/18/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has named David Bor, MD as its first ever Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Bor previously served as CHA’s chief of medicine for 21 years during which time he trained, mentored, and recruited hundreds of providers and current leaders. This inaugural position will be vital as CHA strengthens its teaching and research programs. Since joining ...
 
CHA Names Ed Browne New Vice President of Support Services
6/12/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) has named Edward Browne, CHFM, CHC as its vice president of support services. In his new role he will oversee a number of departments including facilities, design and construction, food and nutrition, environmental services, public safety and transportation. A 1981 graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985, Browne has been a healthcare facility and engineering professional since 1986 and most recently served...
 
CHA and Community Partners Rank Third in the US in Pilot to Reduce Hospital Re-admissions
6/9/2015
Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), in collaboration with Somerville Cambridge Elder Services, Mystic Valley Elder Services, and Hallmark Health, is among the top performers in an innovative national pilot program to reduce hospital readmission rates. The group is one of 72 community-based programs across the US participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Community Care Transitions Project (CCTP). According to early findings, the CHA group reduced 30-day readm...
 
 
Cambridge Health Alliance Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care
5/21/2015
Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), the comprehensive academic community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, announced that three of its primary care practices have received the highest level of NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care. CHA’s Windsor Street Health Center, Somerville Hospital Primary Care, and Cambridge Primary Care Center ...
 
CHA Hosts Opioid Community Summit on May 13
Join the discussion on Wednesday, May 13, at CHA Somerville Hospital
5/7/2015
SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Have you been touched by the opioid crisis? Are you wondering what on-the-ground strategies are happening in your community, and how you can help? The Everett Community Health Partnership – Substance Abuse Coalition in collaboration with the OPEN Coalition is hosting a community summit on Wednesday, May 13, from 6-8 p.m. at the CHA Somerville Hospital Cafeteria, 230 Highland Ave. in Somerville. Residents of Cambridge, Somerville, Everett, and Watertown are invited to discuss local ap...
 
 
State Sen. Sal DiDomenico Visits CHA to Promote Childhood Literacy
5/4/2015
On April 28, Mass. State Senator Sal DiDomenico visited the CHA Windsor Street Health Center to read to children as part of Reach Out and Read . The program prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Through the program, Cambridge Health Alliance gives books to children from ages 6 months through 5 years old at every checkup or visit. Sen. DiDomenico also toured the center and met with the staff to lear...
 
CHA Honors Gov. Michael and Kitty Dukakis with Art of Healing Award
Annual event raises $420,000 for CHA’s community health mission
5/1/2015
Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), the comprehensive academic community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, honored former Massachusetts Governor Michael and Kitty Dukakis with its seventh annual Art of Healing Award on April 29that the Charles Hotel in Cambridge. The award was presented during CHA’s annual fundraising event, which raised $420,000 to benefit CHA and its critical community health mission. The Art of Healing Award celebrates ...
 
U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano Celebrates Lab Week at CHA
4/28/2015
CHA was honored to welcome U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano to CHA Cambridge Hospital last week to celebrate the 40th National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. Rep. Capuano visited the Cambridge lab to meet with CHA leadership and lab professionals to learn about the role of pathology and laboratory medicine in the delivery of health care. He toured each department in the lab, observing the testing procedures and processes and reviewing some sample diagnostic tests. The Rep.’s visit was the highlight of ...
 
CHA to Host Open House at Everett Care Center on May 12
4/24/2015
Everett, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance will host an open house at the CHA Everett Care Center on Tuesday, May 12, from 4-6:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, offers visitors the chance to see the newly expanded space, meet primary care providers and staff, and get free health screenings. The CHA Everett Care Center, located at 391 Broadway, has added more exam rooms and doctors, tripling the patient care capacity, and it has expanded hours until 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday to serve ...
 
 
Gov. Michael and Kitty Dukakis to Receive CHA’s Art of Healing Award
4/13/2015
Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), the comprehensive academic community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, will honor Gov. Michael and Kitty Dukakis with its seventh annual Art of Healing Award on April 29 at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge. Presented during CHA’s annual fundraising event, the Art of Healing Award celebrates visionary men and women who transcend boundaries, joyfully embrace humanity, and profoundly inspire the healing of bo...
 
 
 
CHA Launches Community Health Survey
3/16/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) , a comprehensive academic community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, Everett, Malden, Medford, Revere, Chelsea, and Winthrop, has launched a community health survey as part of a comprehensive effort to develop a strategic plan for how CHA will deliver care in the future. CHA is committed to improving the health of its patients and communities, with special expertise in caring for low-income and vulnerable populations. The survey gives r...
 
CHA Names New Chief of Emergency Medicine
3/5/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) has named Benjamin Milligan, MD, FACEP, as its chief of emergency medicine, placing him in charge of the emergency departments at CHA’s Cambridge Hospital, Somerville Hospital, and Whidden Hospital in Everett. Dr. Milligan joined CHA in 2008 as an attending physician at CHA Cambridge Hospital. He became the associate site chief of emergency medicine for Cambridge and Somerville Hospitals in 2012 and then was promoted to site chief for both sites last ye...
 
Community Leaders Celebrate Grand Re-Opening of CHA Malden Care Center
2/26/2015
Malden, Mass. – Community and business leaders, elected officials, and local residents joined Cambridge Health Alliance leadership and staff to celebrate the grand re-opening of the CHA Malden Care Center on Tuesday, February 24th. The open house showcased upgrades and renovations at the center that now allow CHA to accept new patients of all ages and provide enhanced care to Malden and neighboring communities. The CHA Malden Care Center , located at 195 Canal St., has added exam rooms along with consul...
 
Cambridge Health Alliance Named One of Boston Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers
2/25/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard-affiliated community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities , has been named as a finalist for the Boston Business Journal ’s fifth annual Healthiest Employers program. Each year, the publication honors 25 area companies for their efforts in maintaining and improving employee health. CHA supports the health of its employees by offering physical activity support at the worksite, increasing the number ...
 
 
CHA Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Malden Care Center on February 24
2/3/2015
Malden, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance will host a grand re-opening at the CHA Malden Care Center  on Tuesday, February 24th, from 3:30 - 6:00 PM. The event, which is free and open to the public, offers the community a chance to see the upgrades at the center that enable CHA to accept new patients of all ages and provide enhanced care to Malden and surrounding communities. The CHA Malden Care Center, located at 195 Canal St. , has added exam rooms along with consult rooms for new behavioral heal...
 
 
CHA Receives BCBSMA Foundation Grant to Strengthen Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Services
1/14/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is one of 10 area health organizations to receive a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (BCBSMA Foundation) to support behavioral health integration services. The new grant program, called Fostering Effective Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care , is awarding a total of $1.3 million in grants to organizations that are currently implementing collaborative, co-located, and integrated service models for patients with ...
 
Cambridge Health Alliance Named Official Healthcare Provider of the Boston Blades
1/7/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is proud to announce a new partnership with the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL). CHA will be the official hospital, team doctor, and physical therapy partner of the Blades for the 2014-2015 CWHL season. The Boston Blades are an elite women’s professional hockey team featuring Olympic athletes from both Team USA and Team Canada. In 2013, the Blades became the second U.S. team to win the Clarkson Cup, the women's equivalent of t...
 
Cambridge Health Alliance Names New Senior VP of IT and CIO
1/5/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has named Steve Carter as its senior vice president of information technology and chief information officer. Mr. Carter, who has served in various IT leadership roles at CHA since 2002, has more than 30 years of management experience in the healthcare delivery and IT environments. Mr. Carter most recently served as CHA’s senior direct...
 
 
CHA Community Program Leads Youth-Police Dialogue in Everett
12/12/2014
On December 11, Teens in Everett Against Substance Abuse (TEASA), a youth program affiliated with Cambridge Health Alliance, joined the Boys & Girls Club of Everett and the Everett Police Department for a youth-police dialogue. CHA’s Jaime Lederer, MSW, MPH, coordinator of the Everett Community Health Partnership -Substance Abuse Coalition, moderated the event, which aimed to connect and build relationships and partnerships in the wake of recent concerns surrounding the death of an unarmed blac...
 
 
CHA Launches New Interventional Radiology Suite
11/20/2014
On Tuesday, November 18, Cambridge Health Alliance hosted an open house to showcase its new Interventional Radiology Suite at the CHA Cambridge Hospital. CHA staff, community members, and local officials, including Mass. Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz, toured the facility and met with the team of providers. With new, state-of-the-art equipment, CHA will treat its patients with cutting-edge methods that are minimally invasive. In addition to providing advanced radiologic procedure...
 
CHA Names Renée Kessler Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
11/20/2014
Cambridge, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has named Renée Kessler as its executive vice president and chief operating officer. She comes to CHA with more than 25 years of operations leadership experience in large and complex health systems across the country. Ms. Kessler assumes responsibility for the operations of CHA’s three hospital campuses (Cambridge, Somerville, and Whi...
 
CHA Promotes Infant Safe Sleep with Visit from Mass. Secretary of Health and Human Services
11/19/2014
Cambridge, Mass. – Teaching parents about infant safe sleep practices continues to be at the forefront of new parent education at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA). In partnership with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS), CHA’s Labor and Delivery and Newborn Care units have been disseminating information on how to prevent sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUIDs) by practicing safe sleep methods.   Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz visited CHA’s Ma...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mary Cassesso Named President of CHA Foundation and Chief Community Officer
9/23/2014
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has appointed Mary Cassesso as president of the CHA Foundation and chief community officer. Ms. Cassesso brings more than 25 years of executive experience in state and municipal government and higher education.   Ms. Cassesso, a lifelong Somerville resident, served for 10 years on CHA’s Board of Trustees and as its...
 
 
U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark Visits CHA Revere Family Health Center
9/10/2014
The CHA Revere Family Health Center recently welcomed U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark for a tour of the center that highlighted its care delivery accomplishments. The visit featured a discussion about CHA's women’s health services and an overview of the system's role in health care innovations such as Patient-Centered Medical Homes, integrated behavioral health care, complex care management, and population health improvement. CHA staff joining Rep. Clark included CEO Patrick Wardell, Chief Government...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CHA Receives Avon Grant to Support Breast Health Services
7/1/2014
The Avon Foundation recently awarded a  $100,000 grant to CHA to support breast health services in the communities it serves. Since 2004, the Avon Foundation has provided over $1.8 million in funding to CHA for its breast health services. This latest grant supports CHA's patient navigators, who work at the Cambridge Breast Center , its satellite clinic at the Surgical Specialties department at CHA's Whidden Hospital campus, and in the Department of Community Affai...
 
 
 
 
 
CHA Collaborates with MIT Media Lab to Address Global Health Issues
5/28/2014
Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) has teamed with the MIT Media Lab , a world-renowned research lab that focuses on design and technologies that address social causes, to help solve clinical problems across the world. Earlier this year, Ugwuji Maduekwe, MD, Jim Patalano, MD, and Ellen Weinberg, MD, from CHA’s  Department of Surgery traveled to Mumbai, India, with engineers from the Media Lab to serve as physician-mentors for a group of the best and brightest engineering students from across India. Th...
 
 
 
CHA Hosts National Symposium to Celebrate HMS-Cambridge Integrated Clerkship
4/22/2014
More than 100 Cambridge Health Alliance physicians, medical education leaders, and current and former students convened for a reunion and national education symposium to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the  Harvard Medical School-Cambridge Integrated Clerkship (CIC). The CIC program is an  innovative redesign of medical students’  third-year clerkship experience at CHA that has been important and influential  nationwide and  worldwide at pressing clinical educatio...
 
 
CHA Wins National Award for Video Interpreting Achievements
4/21/2014
Cambridge, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has been recognized by Amerinet, a leading national healthcare solutions organization, as an Amerinet Healthcare Achievement Award winner in the category of Financial and Operational Improvement. Through this annual awards program, Amerinet recognizes its members for their outstanding and innovative contributions to their patients, co...
 
CHA's Victims of Violence Program Receives Victim Service “Innovations” Award
4/10/2014
Cambridge, Mass. – During Victim Rights Month in April, Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Victim Witness Assistance Board, and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) recognize individuals and organizations that have made notable advancements in victim rights and services in the state. The Victims of Violence (VOV) Program received this year’s “Innovations” award for its work in developing mental health services to assist crime victims and communities recover from violence.   ...
 
Gregory Hagan, MD, Named Chief of Pediatrics at Cambridge Health Alliance
4/4/2014
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has named Gregory Hagan, MD, as its chief of pediatrics. Dr. Hagan has served as the interim chief of pediatrics since July 2013. Dr. Hagan joined CHA in 2007 as a pediatrician at the Windsor Street Health Center . He also served as the associate director of newborn services from 2009-2013 at CHA’s Cambridge Hospital campus ...