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About CHA

Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is a vibrant, innovative health system that serves everyone in our communities. With over 140,000 patients in Boston’s metro-north region, CHA is proud to provide the health care people need most in their lives.

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Key clinical services include primary care, behavioral health, emergency care, surgery and specialty care, hospital care, maternity care and state-of-the-art testing services. These are offered at convenient neighborhood locations. CHA patients have seamless access to advanced care for rare or complex conditions at its clinical partners - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Mass. General Hospital for Children (MGHfC).

CHA's work extends far beyond patient care. It has a robust Department of Community Health Improvement and operates the nationally accredited Cambridge Public Health Department. It collaborates closely with local governments and non-profits to improve health and reduce barriers to care. As a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine, CHA trains the health care providers of tomorrow.

  • Our History

    CHA formed in 1996 when two Massachusetts hospitals - Cambridge Hospital and Somerville Hospital - joined together to better meet the needs of patients and fulfill a shared community health mission. In 2001, CHA acquired the former Whidden Memorial Hospital (now CHA Everett Hospital) and associated services in Malden and Revere. This expanded CHA's service area and gave it the ability to help even more individuals and families in need.

  • Awards and Recognition

    System-Wide Awards

    • CHA Named a 2021 WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts Awards Winner
    • CHA was ranked number one in Massachusetts (with an A grade) for spending on charity care and community investment by the Lown Institute Hospitals Index, a nationally known think tank that advocates for just, caring and equitable health care.
    • CHA earned an A grade and ranked second in Massachusetts among the top 100 hospitals in the nation for Inclusivity by the Lown Institute Hospitals Index.
    • WIC received the Gold WIC Breastfeeding Award of Excellence that we received from USDA
    • CHA named one of the top places to work in Massachusetts by Forbes Magazine for the second straight year.
    • CHA was ranked number one in Massachusetts (A grade) for Community Benefit by the Lown Institute, a nationally known think tank that advocates for just, caring and equitable health care.
    • CHA earned an A grade and ranked second in Massachusetts for Inclusivity by the Lown Institute.
    • CHA earned an A grade from the Lown Institute for Avoiding Overuse.
    • CHA Cambridge Hospital and CHA Everett Hospital each received "A" grades for quality and safety from the Leapfrog Group for Spring 2021.
    • CHA named an "LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer" by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
    • CHA Cambridge Hospital was named one of the best maternity hospitals in the nation by Newsweek Magazine for 2021.
    • CHA Broadway Care Center was named Best Medical Services by The Somerville Times.
    • CHA selected as the 2021 Family Favorite in Boston Parents Reader's Choice awards for best Birth Center and Maternity Care.

    Staff Awards

    • Gaurab Basu, MD, MPH, co-director of CHA’s Center for Health Equity Education & Advocacy, named the winner of the Inaugural Equity, Social Justice, and Advocacy Award at Harvard Medical School/Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
    • Michael James, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, was awarded the annual Leading the Way award from the Center for Collaborative Leadership at the College of Management, University of Massachusetts Boston.
    • Sunny Patel, MD, graduate of CHA Adult Psychiatry Residency, was appointed to the 2021-2022 class of White House Fellows.
    • Lou Ann Bruno-Murtha, DO, was honored with the Cambridge YWCA's 2021 Tribute to Outstanding Women Award
    • Kate Harney, MD, CHA Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, receives the Harvard Medical School Sandra & Arnold Gold Award for Humanistic Teaching
    • Yamini Saravanan, MD, CHA internal medicine physician, receives Harvard Medical School Charles McCabe, MD Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching
    • Jean Terp, Department of Medicine office manager, receives HMS Wizcai Award and celebrates 50 years with Harvard Medical School
    • Arun Ghosh, MD named a 2021 Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Awardee by Harvard Medical School.
    • Marie Dumas, RN  inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success at Walden University.
    • CMIO Hannah Galvin, MD, received the 2020 Byron Oberst Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Clinical Information Technology.
    • Fellowship Director Allen F. Shaughnessy, PharmD, MMedEd, has accepted a nomination to Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society.
    • CHA doctors honored as "Top Docs" in the Boston area.
  • Commitment to Diverse People

    CHA has a longstanding commitment to vulnerable and diverse patients and is proud to serve all those in need. Its motto is "We Care for All."

    Many CHA patients have public or subsidized insurance (Medicare, Medicaid, etc.) and traditionally experience barriers to care. In order to serve these individuals and families, CHA has bilingual providers, a robust interpreter program and numerous linguistic services. It also has an award-winning Volunteer Health Advisor program that brings together people from many cultures to help local residents gain access to care and live healthier lives.

  • Our Academic Mission

    CHA is an academic health system with outstanding physician-teachers and strong training and research programs. It is the only healthcare system that is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

    CHA offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education efforts. These include the noteworthy Harvard-Cambridge Integrated Clerkship, an alternative experience for third year Harvard Medical students with an innovative “continuity of care” curriculum. CHA also sponsors Harvard affiliated training programs in internal medicine, adult and child psychiatry, psychology and dentistry, the Tufts family medicine residency and a Pharmacy residency program.

  • Mission, Vision and Values

    Mission: To improve the health of our patients and communities.

    Vision: Equity and excellence for everyone, every time.

    Values: To Make a Positive Difference - Community, Integrity, Respect, Compassion, Learning, Excellence (CIRCLE).

    Cambridge Health Alliance prohibits discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.

  • Ethics, Principles and Practices

    General Principles

    The best interests of our patients drive our decision-making.

    We are dedicated to the principle that all patients, employees, physicians and visitors will be treated with dignity, respect, and courtesy.

    Honest, open communication characterizes all of our interactions with patients, employees, and the community.

    We honor the diversity of our patients, staff, and community and create a culture in which all feel valued and respected.

    We are committed to using a collaborative decision-making process in resolving difficult patient care issues which involves all appropriate parties.

    We fairly and accurately represent ourselves and our capabilities.

    We provide services to meet the identified needs of our patients and do not provide unnecessary services.

    We continuously improve the quality of our medical care.

    We maintain patient confidentiality.

    We honor our commitments to patients, staff, and the community.

    We hold ourselves to the highest standards in meeting and exceeding all of our professional standards and legal and regulatory obligations.

    We continuously monitor our compliance with this code of ethics and provide training as needed to achieve these goals.

    Ethical Policy Issues and Examples:

    Patient Care Issues

    Treatment decisions are made on a case by case basis. Our care decisions are based on the clinical status of our patients and on patient/family desire.

    We work in partnership with our patients and, if appropriate, with their families. We share information about patient needs and preferences, diagnostic and treatment opportunities, and the risks and alternatives to recommended courses of action. Communication with families is guided by the wishes of our patients.

    When unexpected consequences or errors occur which significantly impact patient well being, it is our duty to inform the patient and/or family of the probable cause.

    We proactively develop systems to maintain patient and other information in a confidential manner, recognizing the special challenges created by the increasing use of electronic methods of storing and sharing information.

    We provide patients and their families with multiple methods to share with us their issues and concerns.

    All members of the health care team have independent duties to be sensitive to a patient's needs and desires and to report their perceptions to the physician in charge. The physician will encourage such communication.

    Workplace Issues

    We openly share information with our staff and keep our promises to our employees.

    We provide a safe workplace free from any form of discrimination or harassment.

    We encourage staff to share any ethical issues that arise for them by providing both confidential and anonymous methods to communicate their concerns.

    We recognize that conflicts will inevitably arise amongst those who participate in hospital and patient care decisions. We seek to resolve all conflicts fairly and objectively.

    Business Practices

    We provide inpatient and outpatient services to persons regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status.

    Decisions to divert or transfer a patient to another facility are made only upon patient request or when the patient's specific disease or condition cannot be safely treated at our facility.

    Discharge decisions are based on the patient's medical condition and readiness for discharge. We work to ensure that patients are treated at the most appropriate level of care.

    We maintain a compliance program designed to establish a culture that promotes prevention, detection and resolution of instances of conduct which do not conform to federal and state law and federal, state, and private health care program requirements.

    We welcome patient or other payer questions about charges. Questions will be discussed and conflicts resolved without real or perceived harassment, using a fair and formal process.

    As part of our process, we will disclose any potential conflicts of interest and take appropriate actions to assure integrity.

    We review all marketing materials to ensure that our organization, services, and policies and procedures are stated to our community and patients accurately, clearly, and in a culturally appropriate manner.

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