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Sue Reinert is a Cambridge resident who writes on housing and health issues. She is a longtime reporter who wrote on health care for The Patriot Ledger in Quincy.

Massing of psychiatric patients at CHA contributes to top suicide, self-harm rank

Massing of psychiatric patients at CHA contributes to top suicide, self-harm rank

Seven Cambridge Health Alliance patients committed suicide, tried to kill themselves or seriously harmed themselves last year, the most at any state acute-care hospital.

Public housing smoking ban rolling out, with some acceptance, enforcement gaps

Public housing smoking ban rolling out, with some acceptance, enforcement gaps

A no-smoking policy for public housing tenants has gone quietly into effect. Some smokers have even come to appreciate the policy.

Found revenue at Health Alliance shrinks losses by $10.4 million, to dismay of some

Found revenue at Health Alliance shrinks losses by $10.4 million, to dismay of some

Cambridge Health Alliance officials say they now know their estimate of 2014 budget losses were way too pessimistic, but some trustees were angry over good news.

Trustee’s recap of Health Alliance budget, plans to cut red ink: ‘Very difficult waters’

Trustee’s recap of Health Alliance budget, plans to cut red ink: ‘Very difficult waters’

Cambridge Health Alliance leaders warned of extraordinarily difficult times ahead as trustees adopted a budget leaving the health care system $19.8 million in the red.

Nearly two dozen nurses opt to retire from financially ailing Health Alliance

Nearly two dozen nurses opt to retire from financially ailing Health Alliance

Twenty-one Cambridge Hospital and health department nurses will retire next month, far fewer than the more than 100 who were eligible.

Health Alliance patient, psychiatry shifts projected to decrease losses by $8 million

Health Alliance patient, psychiatry shifts projected to decrease losses by $8 million

Cambridge Health Alliance expects to make big improvements in efficiency and patient volume in the coming year, but still expects to lose $19.8 million.

Sale of assets from bankruptcy at CSA won’t go to shareholders, but to lawyer

Sale of assets from bankruptcy at CSA won’t go to shareholders, but to lawyer

The sale of assets at Groton’s John Crow Farm will almost certainly be used to pay a Bankruptcy Court trustee, the bankrupt partner and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Health Alliance grows advisory council since cutting psychiatric emergency room

Health Alliance grows advisory council since cutting psychiatric emergency room

After changing how it provides psychiatric emergency services, Cambridge Health Alliance officials want to add patients and families to an advisory board.

Report on city health includes surprises on diversity, tooth decay, even STD rates

Report on city health includes surprises on diversity, tooth decay, even STD rates

A new city assessment of community health goes beyond the obvious to shine a spotlight on poverty, disease, inequity and racial differences.

Federal policy from ’68 to aid low-income with jobs falters, ‘needs to be rethought’

Federal policy from ’68 to aid low-income with jobs falters, ‘needs to be rethought’

Hiring low-income workers with federal dollars intended for the poor anyway seems like a win-win, but results of the 1968 ‘Section 3′ policy are lagging.

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