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CHA Child Psychologist Shares Back to School Tips
8/20/2015
James Barrett, PhD , is a child psychologist at Cambridge Health Alliance, a comprehensive academic community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities. It’s that time of year: the temperatures are still high but change is in the air. Days are getting shorter and the leaves will soon change. That means back to school for kids and teens across Massachusetts. While back to school time can be exciting, it can also be stressful, especially for children. If your son or ...
 
CHA's Cambridge Breast Center Receives National Accreditation
8/13/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) announced today that the CHA Cambridge Breast Center (CBC) has been granted a three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their p...
 
Cambridge Health Alliance Golf Invitational Raises $100K to Benefit Patient Experience of Care Initiatives
8/10/2015
Chief Community Officer and President of the CHA Foundation Mary Cassesso, Chief Executive Officer Patrick Wardell, and CHA Volunteers Paula Hurley and Stacey Thomas CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an academic community health system that provides essential services to Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities, held its twelfth annual golf Invitational on Monday, August 3, at the Oakley Country Club in Watertown, Mass. The event raised $100K to support CHA and its cr...
 
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 Among Nation's Top Performers in Pilot to Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates
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 CMS findings, the CHA group reduced 30-day readmis...
 
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 ...
 
CHA Recognizes Two Nurses with DAISY Award
4/29/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a comprehensive academic community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has honored nurses Emily Finn and Lynette O’Brien with the DAISY Award to honor the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day. The award, established by the national nonprofit DAISY Foundation, recognizes the extraordinary efforts nurses make in the lives of patients and their families every day. Emily Finn, RN,...
 
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 ...
 
CHA Community Initiative to Lead Alcohol Awareness Rally in Everett
4/14/2015
EVERETT, Mass. – In recognition of April as Alcohol Awareness Month, Teens in Everett Against Substance Abuse (TEASA) will hold an alcohol awareness rally on Thursday, April 16, at 4:30 p.m. in Everett Square. Sixty-six percent of high school students and 33 percent of middle school students think it’s “very easy” or “sort of easy” to obtain alcohol according to 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data collected from Everett middle and high school students. While alcohol use has decreased in recent years in...
 
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...
 
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 Researchers Discuss Racial and Ethnic Disparities at Mass. Health Policy Forum
12/15/2014
Margarita Alegr í a , PhD, director, and Benjamin Cook, PhD, MPH, senior scientist, both of CHA's Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research and Harvard Medical School, presented their findings from a new report titled “The Time is Now: Tackling Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental and Behavioral Health Services in Massachusetts” at a Massachusetts Health Policy Forum summit on December 11. They explored the underlying factors that contribute to disparities in behavioral health treatment and sha...
 
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...
 
Cambridge Health Alliance Recognizes Two Nurses with DAISY Award
12/3/2014
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has honored nurses Barbara Stephen and Jeff Ziegler with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award, established by the national nonprofit  DAISY Foundation, recognizes the extraordinary efforts nurses make in the lives of patients and their families every day.   Barbara Stephen, RN, a nurse at CHA Somerville Hospit...
 
Somerville Health Foundation Announces Recipients of 2014 Community Funding
11/25/2014
Somerville, Mass. - The Somerville Health Foundation (SHF) has announced the recipients of this year’s community funding. Cambridge Health Alliance CEO Patrick Wardell and President of the CHA Foundation and Chief Community Officer Mary Cassesso recently joined SHF trustees to award the grants and honor the 12 organizations that were selected for alignment with SHF’s priorities. Through this funding, the Foundation strives to promote and support the preventive health efforts to improve health outco...
 
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...
 
 
Cambridge Health Alliance Chief of Surgery Appointed Professor at Harvard Medical School
10/16/2014
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Steven Schwaitzberg , MD, FACS, was recently appointed as a full-time professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School (HMS). This is a major accomplishment for Dr. Schwaitzberg, who serves as the chief of surgery at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA).   “We are honored that one of CHA’s ‘own’ was recognized with this distinguishing role,” said CHA CEO Patrick Wardell. “For a member of our community-based healthcare system to be seen as one of the leading educators in medicine is trul...
 
CHA Researcher: Access to Private Psychiatrists is Scant
New study by Harvard Medical School/CHA researchers finds limited access to outpatient psychiatric care in three major U.S. cities
10/15/2014
Cambridge, Mass. – A new study from Harvard Medical School researchers and others, published online today by Psychiatric Services , has found that access to private outpatient psychiatric care in the Boston, Chicago, and Houston metropolitan areas is severely limited, even for those with private insurance or who are willing to pay “out of pocket.” Using the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) online database of in-network providers, the authors identified and called 120 psychiatrists in each of these three me...
 
New Affordable Care Act Tools and Payment Models Deliver $372 Million in Savings, Improve Care
Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs and Pioneer ACO Model show continued quality of care improvements and additional Medicare savings
9/25/2014
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued quality and financial performance results showing that Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have improved patient care and produced hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for the program. In addition to providing more Americans with access to quality, affordable health care, the Affordable Care Act encourages doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to work together to better coordinate care and keep...
 
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 Psychologist Selected for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship
9/3/2014
Cambridge, Mass. – Kimberlyn Leary, PhD, ABPP, chief of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an innovative community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has been selected to participate in the 2014-2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program. Dr. Leary, who also serves as an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), is one of seven individuals chosen for the year-long r...
 
Cambridge Health Alliance Golf Invitational Raises $86K to Benefit Patient Experience of Care Initiatives
8/19/2014
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an innovative community health system that provides essential services to Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, held its eleventh annual golf Invitational on Monday, August 11 th , at the Granite Links Golf Club at Quarry Hills in Quincy. The event raised $ 86K to support CHA and its critical community health mission.   Proceeds from the CHA Invitational will benefit Patient Experience of Care initiatives at CHA’s Cambridge,...
 
CHA/Harvard Researchers Find Psychology Grad Students Get Scant Teaching on Medical Ethics and Torture
8/6/2014
Cambridge, Mass. – U.S. graduate students in psychology receive little instruction in military medical ethics and are largely unaware of their duties under the Geneva Conventions despite both the longstanding ties between the American Psychological Association (APA) and the military and the fact that psychologists were the architects of the “enhanced interrogation” programs used at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and elsewhere. Those are some of the findings of a study by researchers at Harvard Medical School/C...
 
Study Led by CHA Physician Reveals Safety Concerns About New Drugs
Warning and Withdrawal Rates Compared for Drugs Released Before and After the Drug Industry Increased Funding to the FDA to Expedite Drug Approvals
8/4/2014
Cambridge, Mass. – What’s safer: a newly approved drug or one that has been on the market much longer? Newer drugs have a one in three chance of acquiring a black box warning or being withdrawn for safety reasons within 25 years of their approval, according to a new study by researchers from Cambridge Health Alliance /Harvard Medical School, Boston Medical Center (BMC)/Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), City University of New York School of Public Health, and Public Citizen. The study, publish...
 
CHA Physicians Receive Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School
7/8/2014
Cambridge, Mass. – C ambridge Health Alliance (CHA) physicians Elizabeth Gaufberg, MD, MPH, and Danny McCormick, MD, MPH, have been named recipients of the 2013-2014 A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award presented by the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr. Gaufberg, an associate professor of medicine and psychiatry at HMS, and Dr. McCormick, an associate professor of medicine at HMS, were recently honored at the annual Excellence in Me...
 
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...
 
Flatbread Company Benefit Raises Money for CHA
6/19/2014
CHA's Department of Family Planning held a benefit night on Tuesday, June 17 th ,   at Flatbread Company in Somerville’s Davis Square.  The event raised nearly $1,000 to support comprehensive programming focused on reproductive health counseling, community health education, and youth development across our communities. Flatbread Company donated a portion of its pizza sales for the night to the cause, with the remainder raised through an on-site raffle.
 
CHA Community Health Youth Groups Prep for College at Lesley University
6/18/2014
Cambridge Health Alliance’s Empowering Youth in Our Community class and the Helping Hands at Work afterschool club at Everett High School attended a field trip to Lesley University last month. With funding from the Department of Public Health, students toured a college campus and learned about life after high school, including applying for financial aid, choosing a major, and getting an undergraduate degree to then move on to medical or dental school. Students attending the trip were able to spend ...
 
CHA Psychologist James Barrett, PhD, Wins Harvard Medical School Fellowship
Recognized for Efforts to Help At-Risk Youth in Cambridge
6/16/2014
Cambridge, Mass. – James Barrett, PhD, a staff psychologist at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) and an instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, has been awarded the Dr. Lynne Reid/Drs. Eleanor and Miles Shore Fellowship from Harvard Medical School. The award, one of the Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowships for Scholars in Medicine, aims to enhance the quality and diversity of Harvard Medical School faculty at all ranks. Dr. Barrett specializes in making mental health ...
 
Malden’s Wellness Celebration Kicks Off a Healthy Summer
6/12/2014
Malden, Mass. – More than 700 people came to the Malden Wellness Celebration and Bike Rodeo, a collaborative effort planned by the City of Malden, YWCA Malden, Bike to the Sea, Mass in Motion, Massachusetts Safe Routes to School, the Partnership for Community Schools in Malden, and Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA).   The free, family-oriented event was held at the CHA Malden Family Medicine Center at 195 Canal Street on Saturday, June 7.   More than 40 representatives from many of Malden’s heal...
 
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...
 
Indianapolis Firefighters Participate in Harvard Heart Study Led by CHA's Stefanos Kales, MD, MPH
5/14/2014
INDIANAPOLIS — Firefighters have one of the nation’s most dangerous jobs. But the leading cause of death among firefighters has nothing to do with flame. Instead, it has everything to do with their hearts. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death among on-duty firefighters, and it strikes sooner for firefighters than for others.  The United States Fire Administration reports that nearly half of firefighter fatalities are due to heart attacks (48.1 percent) — nearly eight times more than t...
 
CHA Recognizes Two Nurses with DAISY Award
5/12/2014
Cambridge, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has honored nurses Yanny Kavanagh and Cheryl Palazzolo with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award, established by the national nonprofit  DAISY Foundation, recognizes the extraordinary efforts nurses make in the lives of patients and their families every day. Yanny Kavanagh, RN, an orthopedics nurse at CHA’s Cambrid...
 
Childhood Literacy Initiative Project READ Celebrates 15 Years
5/7/2014
Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) pediatric patients and their families celebrated Project READ’s 15th birthday at a celebration at CHA’s  Cambridge Hospital campus. Seven children’s book authors, including CHA’s Creative Director Chris Censullo, met with the children and signed copies of their books for the kids to take home. Special guest Curious George danced with the children to music performed by local jazz band Never Say Never, featuring CHA school nurse Tracy Rose Tynes. Project READ (Read Eac...
 
CHA ED Staff Members Help Improve Health in Haiti
4/25/2014
Over the past six months, several members of CHA’s Emergency Department have participated in trips to Haiti as part of the METI Project , a nonprofit organization founded by Professional Ambulance (Pro EMS) and the Pro EMS Center for MEDICS. Its mission is to promote sustainability in health care through medical education, training, and improved infrastructure in underserved parts of the world. Physician assistant Gabe Tash traveled to Haiti in October 2013; nurse Jennifer Wallace ventured there in Dece...
 
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.   ...
 
CHA Researchers Test Intervention to Support Patients’ Voice in Mental Health Treatment
4/10/2014
Cambridge, Mass. – Training patients to take a more active role in their mental health care, both on their own and when talking to a mental health provider, may be an effective way to reduce racial and ethnic disparities, according to a new study from  Harvard Medical School researchers published online by JAMA Psychiatry . Over the past decade, a growing body of research has demonstrated that more confident and better informed patients tend to be healthier, get higher quality care and report being...
 
Commitment to Patients Endures in Harvard Medical School-Cambridge Integrated Clerkship
4/9/2014
Cambridge, Mass. – Research released today demonstrates longer-term successes of redesigning medical education. A new study of the  Harvard Medical School-Cambridge Integrated Clerkship (CIC), a transformative medical education model based at Harvard-affiliated health system Cambridge Health Alliance, shows that the CIC model drives increased levels of patient-centeredness that endure for years beyond the students’ tenure in the program. Published online in the journal Medical Education , the study...
 
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 ...
 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County Honors Cambridge Health Alliance
3/31/2014
Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, is the recipient of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County’s 2013 Community Partner Award. CHA has collaborated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County (BGCMC) for several years in an effort to connect underserved youth with health and wellness programs that foster critical skills and values. The award recognizes ...
 
State Legislators Learn How CHA Trains the Next Generation of Physicians
3/31/2014
Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) welcomed a group of state legislators, political staffers, and policy leaders to its Cambridge Hospital campus on March 25 as part of Project Medical Education (PME), an event organized by the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals .  PME, a national initiative of the Association of American Medical Colleges ,  educates policy makers on the critical role of graduate medical education, as participants visit teaching hospitals in Boston for one day and ...
 
Cambridge Health Alliance Offers Farmer Dave’s CSA
3/21/2014
Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has teamed up with Farmer Dave’s, a sustainable farm in Dracut, Mass., to bring locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables to Cambridge with a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The program is one of many initiatives CHA has implemented to support its mission to improve the health of its communities. In the CSA program, consum...
 
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren Visits CHA
3/17/2014
On Friday, March 14, Cambridge Health Alliance hosted a visit from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren at its Cambridge Hospital campus . Senator Warren toured CHA’s Emergency Department , which is nationally recognized for its improvements in patient flow and satisfaction, and its Child Assessment Unit, an award-winning inpatient psychiatric unit for children. CHA executives, clinical leaders, and trustees provided an extensive overview of the health system and detailed its essential role in caring for area ...