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Cambridge Health Alliance Names New Site Chief of Emergency Medicine for Whidden Hospital Campus
Posted Date: 12/1/2011
Everett, MA...Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) has named Melisa Lai Becker, MD, its new Site Chief of Emergency Medicine for CHA's Whidden Hospital campus in Everett.

Dr. Lai Becker joined Cambridge Health Alliance in 2006 as an emergency medicine physician at CHA's Cambridge Hospital campus. She won the Cambridge Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine Outstanding Achievement Award in 2007 and was named the department's outstanding provider in 2011. In 2009, she established CHA's Division of Medical Toxicology, and she continues to serve as Director of the program.

In the past five years, CHA's Whidden Hospital campus has made tremendous advancements in the emergency department, resulting in improved efficiency, quality, volume, and patient satisfaction. "Whidden is ahead of the curve in so many areas, and I am excited to work with the wonderful staff there to continue to exceed expectations for patient care," said Dr. Lai Becker.

Dr. Lai Becker graduated from Brown University's Alpert Medical School, performed her emergency medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham & Women's Hospital, and completed the Harvard Medical Toxicology Fellowship. Board-certified in both emergency medicine and medical toxicology, she previously served as Associate Director of Medical Surveillance for the American Association of Poison Control Centers as well as an emergency medicine physician at both Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., and Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md.

Earlier this year, Dr. Lai Becker received the Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Residency Outstanding Community Teaching Award. She serves as an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Whidden's 24-hour emergency department serves patients of all ages and meets the needs of residents in Everett, Chelsea, Malden, Revere, and Winthrop. In 2011, it is expected to register over 46,000 patient visits.

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.