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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...
 
 
CHA Officials Meet with Middlesex DA to Promote Summer Safety for Children
7/9/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan met with Cambridge Health Alliance’s Chief of Pediatrics Gregory Hagan and Chief Community Officer Mary Cassesso at the CHA Windsor Street Care Center to raise awareness about summer safety for children. CHA will partner with District Attorney Ryan as part of her annual “Summer Safety” educational campaign for parents, caretakers, and children by making materials available in CHA waiting rooms that aim to prevent accidental child deaths or s...
 
 
Everett Awarded Substance Abuse Prevention Grant
6/30/2015
EVERETT, Mass. – Everett, through the Everett Community Health Partnership – Substance Abuse Coalition, was among four communities jointly awarded a $100,000 Massachusetts Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative Grant through the state Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, for the next three years. The grant, starting in July, will strengthen existing partnerships between Everett, Somerville, Cambridge and Arlington, so existing programs can share resources, and coordinate ac...
 
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...
 
 
 
Cambridge Health Alliance Expands Primary Care Services in Boston’s Metro-North Region
3/19/2015
CHA Malden Care Center CHA Everett Care Center CHA Revere Care Center Please join us for an Open House event on June 16 from 4 - 6:30 p.m. at the newly renovated CHA Revere Care Center. Click here for directions. --> EVERETT, MALDEN, and REVERE, Mass. – In response to the rising demand for health services in communities north of Boston, Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an innovative community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and neighboring communities, has launched an initiative to...
 
 
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...
 
Cambridge Health Alliance Named One of Boston Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers
2/25/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard-affiliated community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities , has been named as a finalist for the Boston Business Journal ’s fifth annual Healthiest Employers program. Each year, the publication honors 25 area companies for their efforts in maintaining and improving employee health. CHA supports the health of its employees by offering physical activity support at the worksite, increasing the number ...
 
 
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...