A National Reputation

We are proud to have been recognized by the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Hospital Association and others for health care innovation and community excellence. Many of our programs have now become national models for community health and patient care (see more in Awards).

Health information technology continues to play a major role in our system as we improve patient care. We have made significant IT investments, including an electronic medical record (EMR) system for all points of care.

We have also developed nationally recognized academic and clinical programs that positively impact patient care. Examples include:

  • The Harvard Medical School - Cambridge Integrated Clerkship - a complete redesign of the principal clinical year in medical school that serves as a model for clinical education reform nationally and internationally. It fosters students' learning through close and continuous contact with patients in the disciplines of internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics-gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery.
  • The Child Assessment Unit - a nationally recognized leader that has established a new standard for psychiatric inpatient care for young children by eliminating restraints and adopting a more humane, trauma-sensitive treatment model for patients.
  • The Patient and Family Advisory Council - a community group that helps CHA achieve its goals as a patient-centered healthcare system, setting a high standard for collaboration by integrating patients' input into clinical decisions.