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Cambridge Health Alliance VP Somava Stout, MD, Honored for Innovation in Primary Care by Partners HealthCare
Posted Date: 4/12/2011

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Somava Stout, MD, Vice President for Patient-Centered Medical Home Development at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), has won the 2011 Primary Care Recognition Award for Innovation presented by Partners HealthCare. The award acknowledges and honors the work of a primary care physician who is truly innovative in his or her practice.

Throughout her tenure at CHA, Dr. Stout has been a tireless advocate for the advancement of patient care. She joined CHA in 2004 as the Medical Director of the CHA Revere Family Health Center. She spurred the creation of a health center that employed the patient-centered medical home model to improve access and health outcomes for a large, underserved population.

Under Dr. Stout's leadership, the practice successfully implemented open access scheduling, introduced shared medical appointments as well as a system for new patient orientation, and developed patient and community advisory boards. In 2010, the Revere Family Health Center was one of two CHA practices to receive Level 3 Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Physician Practice Connections®-Patient-Centered Medical Home™ Program. Additionally, it was one of five CHA centers selected to participate in Massachusetts' new Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative.

Recently named CHA's Vice President for Patient-Centered Medical Home Development, Dr. Stout ensures the development and deployment of the patient-centered medical home model of care across CHA's extensive network of ambulatory practices, which register 600,000 visits annually. She provides oversight and medical leadership to support coordinated and integrated patient- and family-centered care along with the staff training and team development needed to effectively deliver care in this new model.

"Dr. Stout is passionate about providing her patients with quality primary care to enable them to live healthy and productive lives," said Gary Gottlieb, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Partners HealthCare. "She is a leader in primary care transformation within the Cambridge Health Alliance system, and her practice in Revere has achieved the highest level of Patient Centered Medical Home recognition. We congratulate and thank Dr. Stout for her dedication and leadership in primary care and general medicine."

Dr. Stout received the award at Partners HealthCare's Third Annual Primary Care Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, March 29, at the Newton Marriott.

Partners HealthCare was founded in 1994 by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Partners is an integrated health care system that offers patients a continuum of coordinated high-quality care. The system includes primary care and specialty physicians, community hospitals, the two founding academic medical centers, specialty facilities, community health centers, and other health-related entities. Partners HealthCare is a non-profit organization.


Cambridge Health Alliance is an academic community health system committed to providing high quality care in Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities. CHA has expertise in primary care, specialty care and mental health/substance use services, as well as caring for diverse and complex populations. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA patients have seamless access to advanced care through the system’s affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine.