An Indian-born physician at Cambridge Health Alliance has organized an unusual partnership between local specialists and idealistic doctors 7,000 miles away with the same mission: care for poor and uninsured patients and improve community health.
A projection at a May 5 meeting anticipates that the Alliance will end the 2015 fiscal year on June 30 with net income of $18.6 million – in stark contrast with a budget forecasting a loss of $19.7 million.
As the Housing Authority contacts households on its 10,000-applicant waiting list, as much as 48 percent might not signal they’re still interested in moving up.
A city councillor says Cambridge Health Alliance employees have told him a change in seeing psychiatric emergency patients has been rocky, with more suicide attempts, patients leaving without permission, use of restraints and calls for police help.
Cambridge Hospital emergency patients spent more time in the emergency room after the closing of a separate emergency service for psychiatric patients, and the average stay for those needing mental treatment rose even more.
The Cambridge Housing Authority is offering help to a small number of the 9,500 applicants on a frozen waiting list for public housing.
School health officials estimate that 98 percent of students are immunized in Cambridge, but that statistic is not the whole story.
There has been scarcely a murmur of dissent over adding fluoride to Cambridge drinking water since 1974 – until recently. And new federal guidance would lower the amount we drink.
Financially struggling Cambridge Health Alliance is performing far better than expected so far when it comes to the bottom line, although that hasn’t translated into hard cash.
After leading a long battle to preserve – and transform – public housing in Cambridge with private financing, Gregory Russ is getting a sizable raise, and will land just below $200,000 in 2017.