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CHA Honors John Rosenthal with Art of Healing Award
4/20/2016
Pictured: from left – Cambridge Health Alliance CEO Patrick Wardell , CHA Foundation President Mary Cassesso , John Rosenthal , event honoree and founder of Stop Handgun Violence and Friends of Boston’s Homeless, Jim Braude , host of Greater Boston on WGBH, and Robin Young , co-host of NPR affiliate WBUR’s Here & Now at the Alliance’s Art of Healing Award Dinner at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge on April 14. Photos by Jeff Thiebauth (for Cambridge Health Alliance) CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Cambridge Health...
 
Harvard Medical School Honors CHA Psychiatrist with Diversity Award
4/6/2016
Marshall Forstein, MD, (right) receiving Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Thiebauth CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Marshall Forstein , MD, interim chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) and an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS), was named a recipient of the 2016 Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award presented by HMS. The award honors HMS faculty members who have made significant achievements in cultivating a diverse and incl...
 
Mass. Medical Society Honors CHA Physician for Reducing Disparities
3/21/2016
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) physician Marie-Louise Jean-Baptiste , MD, has won the Reducing Health Disparities Award presented by the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS).The award recognizes an individual who has made exceptional contributions to reducing health disparities due to race, socioeconomic status, age, education, or sexual orientation. Dr. Jean-Baptiste’s colleagues at CHA recognized her as an “admired and ardent educator and a paragon clinician, one who has blessed our...
 
Kathy Betts Joins Cambridge Health Alliance as Senior Director of Community Health Improvement
3/16/2016
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an academic community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north region, has named Kathy Betts as its new senior director of the Department of Community Health Improvement (CHI). CHI, founded in 1989, provides a broad array of community health programs targeting populations at risk for health care disparities. Betts will oversee CHI initiatives that reduce health disparities and promote wellness, improve overall community heal...
 
CHA’s Bike 4 Books Raises $25,000 to Support Project READ
3/15/2016
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an academic community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north region successfully raised $25,000 at its annual Bike 4 Books spin-a-thon to support Project READ (Read Each and Every Day) , CHA’s childhood literacy initiative. The event was held at the Malkin Athletic Center at Harvard University (MAC) on Saturday, March 5, and staff from across CHA as well as community members participated. CHA is deeply thankful to the corp...
 
CHA Physician named Family Medicine Educator of the Year
2/19/2016
MALDEN, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) physician Honor MacNaughton, MD , has won the 2016 Family Medicine Educator of the Year award presented by the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians (MassAFP). The award recognizes exemplary clinical teaching of medical students in the specialty of family medicine. The MassAFP presents the Family Medicine Educator of the Year award to recognize a physician who exemplifies the tradition of “Physician as Teacher.” Nominees are evaluated on recognized ex...
 
CHA’s Elder Service Plan Moves to East Cambridge
2/11/2016
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an academic community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north region, has moved its Elder Service Plan program to 163 Gore Street in Cambridge next door to the CHA East Cambridge Care Center . The Elder Service Plan relocation gives the more than 300 members in the program access to a new facility where they can socialize and receive care. Some of the features of the new space include more than double the number of primary ...
 
CHA Launches Open Access Scheduling for Surgery
2/10/2016
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – As part of ongoing efforts to improve patients’ experience of care, Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an academic community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north region, has launched open access scheduling in its Department of Surgery . Patients can now be seen same- or next-day for surgical evaluations on the CHA hospital campus of their choice (Cambridge, Somerville or Whidden (Everett)). Michael Wertheimer , MD, CHA’s interim chief of surgery, first in...
 
CHA Names New Chief of Geriatrics
1/22/2016
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an academic community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north region, has named Serena H. Chao, MD, MSc , as its new chief of geriatrics. Dr. Chao will lead the Division of Geriatrics and work to enhance CHA’s strong clinical programs and extensive services for older adult health, including the Elder Service Plan and the House Calls and Nursing Home programs. In addition to her administrative and teaching roles, Dr. Chao wi...
 
Holiday Health Tips from CHA Pediatrician
12/22/2015
Lisa Dobberteen, MD Pediatrician Cambridge Family Health Gratitude. It’s easy to overlook at any time but especially during the busy and hectic holiday season when we often find our focus shifting to material things. This year, think about ways to be present with your family and friends. Start new traditions that involve doing something together, sharing, volunteering and giving. Agree to limit gifts to a few; they’ll seem all the more special and meaningful. Read together and play games! Put phones awa...
 
 
CHA Receives Humanism in Medicine Award from Gold Foundation
11/23/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard-affiliated community health system, was honored at the Golden Thread Gala , which weaves together science and the human side of health care. At the event, held on October 27th at the WGBH studios in Boston, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation presented CHA with its Humanism in Medicine Award for providing cutting-edge, compassionate care to diverse communities in the Boston metropolitan area. “We are proud to honor one of our great Boston collabora...
 
CHA Nurse Named Metro Boston EMS Nurse of the Year
11/19/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) nurse Margaret Buckley , RN, has been named the EMS Nurse of the Year by the Metropolitan Boston Emergency Medical Services Council. The award, which honors a nurse who has contributed in a significant way to the development of EMS skills, efforts and education within the greater Boston region, was recently presented at the fifteenth annual EMS awards ceremony at American Legion Post 440 in Newton, Mass. During her 35-year career, Buckley has worked as ...
 
City of Everett Honored for Innovative Efforts to Help Residents Lead Healthier Lives
11/16/2015
EVERETT, Mass. – On October 28, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced the city of Everett as a winner of the 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The Prize celebrates the strides communities have made to reduce health disparities and ensure good health is attainable for all. Everett was recognized for leveraging its unique strengths and rallying community partners around a shared vision of health. Efforts include working to ensure all residents have access to high quality jobs that pay livable wage...
 
CHA Researchers Find Medicaid Coverage Improves Access to Care
11/13/2015
Medicaid coverage improves access to health care and chronic disease control: AJPH study States that do not expand Medicaid miss an important opportunity to improve their population’s health, say Harvard Medical School researchers. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Low-income Americans with Medicaid insurance have more awareness and better treatment of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, than their uninsured counterparts, a group of Harvard Medical School researchers said today. People with Medicaid are als...
 
 
CHA’s Cambridge Breast Center Celebrates Tenth Anniversary
10/27/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – This month, Cambridge Health Alliance’s Cambridge Breast Center (CBC) celebrates 10 years of providing multidisciplinary and high-quality care to women in Cambridge and the surrounding communities. The center has diagnosed and treated approximately 1000 new cancer patients in that time as well as hundreds of women with other forms of breast disease. “We established the Cambridge Breast Center with a mission to treat every breast lump as a ‘medical emergency,’ providing open access sch...
 
CHA Pediatrician Offers Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips
10/26/2015
As both children and adults prepare for Halloween activities this week, Cambridge Health Alliance pediatrician Lisa Dobberteen, MD , shares some tips to get ready for this eagerly anticipated holiday. Halloween offers a nice opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise while meeting others in your building or neighborhood. If your neighborhood doesn’t feel safe, many shopping malls offer the experience, or you could join a friend in a different neighborhood. Right down the street from CHA Cambridge Ho...
 
Innovative Workforce Program Showcased at CHA
10/19/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) in partnership with the Carroll Center for the Blind (CCB) and the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) hosted an Informational Fair highlighting CHA’s participation in Project SEARCH as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month . The Informational Fair celebrated the success of Project SEARCH, a business-led, workforce development program for individuals with disabilities designed to provide participants with the transferrable job ...
 
Cambridge Health Alliance Named a 2015 WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts Award Program Silver Level Winner for Exemplary Worksite Health Promotion
9/23/2015
Joy Curtis (center) with Archana Kansagra (left), WWCMA Awards and Recognition Committee Chair, and Mari Ryan (right), WWCMA Board of Directors Chairperson Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance announced today that it has been named a WorkWell Massachusetts Award program silver level winner for its exemplary work in worksite health promotion. WorkWell Massachusetts is a corporate award program created by the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts (WWCMA) - a not-for-profit member organization...
 
CHA Awarded Major IT Recognition
9/18/2015
Cambridge, Mass. — HIMSS Analytics has awarded community health system Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) with a Stage 7 Ambulatory Award. Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. Stage 7 represents the highest level of EHR adoption and indicates a health system’s advanced electronic patient record environment. As of th...
 
CHA to Hold Community Health Fair in Medford on Sept. 17
9/4/2015
Cambridge Health Alliance will hold a community health fair at the Meadow Glen Mall, located at 3850 Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford, on Thursday, September 17th, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature health screenings, information on area primary care providers, physical therapy/balance screenings, Reiki treatments, hand and foot massage, free giveaways, financial advice and much more. Representatives from several community organizations will also be on ha...
 
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 Awarded Hospital Accreditation from The Joint Commission
1/21/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. CHA underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-s...
 
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,...