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May 15, 2008

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Harvard Medical School

Why doesn't the CHA ask Harvard University to dip into their almost 30 BILLION dollar endowment and keep Somerville Hospital as a viable hospital not just another "clinic".

Imagine, a city of about one hundred thousand people, legal and illegal, that doesn't have an up to date hospital to care for their citizens.


"Cambridge Health Alliance is an innovative, award-winning health system based in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston's Metro-North communities. Through its two teaching hospitals, The Cambridge Hospital and Somerville Hospital, the Alliance is proud to be a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Today, it provides comprehensive health services at three community hospitals and more than twenty primary care practices, and works to improve the public health through advocacy, outreach, and a wide range of community programs."

CEO maybe?

Your praise of CHA and Somerville Hospital are interesting. Are you the CEO? I agree, we need a hospital, but we need a GOOD hospital. Somerville Hospital is a nightmare. Many would be better off if it closed completely!

SH WORKER

I WORK AT SOMERVILLE HOSPITAL AND SEE LOTS OF SINGLE PARENTS LOSING THEIR JOBS DUE TO THIS BUDGET CUT. I UNDERSTAND THEY CANT AFFORD SO MANY WORKERS BUT ITS NOT LIKE THEY DIDN'T KNOW THEY WERE IN TROUBLE A YEAR AGO. THEY COULD HAVE GAVE THE WORKERS A DECENT AMOUNT OF TIME BY TELLING THEM LIKE 6 MONTHS AGO TO START SEARCHING FOR A NEW JOB.

The Somerville Hospital is Brutal

The somerville Hospital is brutal. On a scale from 1-10 its about a 4. This is a serious problem. I have witnessed many people say "take me anywhere but Somerville"......

CHA

And yet, despite the Somerville's Hospital terrible reputation and horrendous record of poor treatment, the city continues to pay them loads of money for doing.....what?
And CHA is expanding constantly. How are they building new centers in Malden and Everett if they truly can't continue to fund the one already here in Somerville? I say get them out of our city....anything associated with CHA is a nightmare and a financial drain!

GAF

It's really bad that this hospital is declining. I have been a patient there for almost 15 years. I was an inpatient there last week and I left the hospital because I was not receving a fair treatment. The doctors are really good and most of the staff, but some of them are giving the hospital a bad reputation. We need better health care. A few months ago my insurance paid more than $7,000.00 for 4 hours in the ER. Last week will be worst...
The night shift is usually the worst one, because people don't want to care for patients. They are not being trained about a lot of the ethical issues, I guess. I am very sad to leave the CHA. Maybe my entire family will be looking for a different health facility also. I am very frustraded with that. I do not want to hear nurses and some doctors saying out loud in the corridors I'm faking a situation where I have lots of pain, I can't talk or walk. (Sometimes, it would be helpful to try listening to the patient). The funny part is that I went to the ER of the Cambridge Hospital but I woke up at the Somerville Hospital. My family called both sites and they said I wasn't there. A police report for missing report was done, but my family found me at night when I could call them. I think it is scary being there...

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