A committee that advises the city Health Department has voted to recommend reducing the “target level” for the cavity-fighting chemical fluoride to a single standard of 0.7 parts per million from a range of 0.7 parts per million to 1.2 parts per million.
Cambridge Health Alliance expects to just about break even in its next fiscal year and invest at least $26 million in construction and other capital projects, drawing sharp questions from the head of its board’s finance committee.
Five patients at Cambridge Hospital tried to kill themselves or hurt themselves last year resulting in serious injury, according to figures from the state Department of Public Health.
The advisory body of the city’s Public Health Department, which has authority to order the change, put off a vote Wednesday because only one voting member showed up, not enough for a decision.
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.