CHA Receives Humanism in Medicine Award from Gold Foundation


CHA Receives Humanism in Medicine Award from Gold FoundationCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard-affiliated community health system, was honored at the Golden Thread Gala, which weaves together science and the human side of health care. At the event, held on October 27th at the WGBH studios in Boston, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation presented CHA with its Humanism in Medicine Award for providing cutting-edge, compassionate care to diverse communities in the Boston metropolitan area.

“We are proud to honor one of our great Boston collaborators, one of Boston’s most esteemed medical facilities,” said Richard Levin, MD, president and CEO of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. “Cambridge Health Alliance’s reputation, faculty, care and ability to do magic to somehow care for those who otherwise would fall through the net makes it a natural choice for the Humanism in Medicine Award.”

The phrase Golden Thread refers to the weaving of science with the human side of medicine. The Gold Foundation, a longtime partner of CHA, has helped the health system expand a humanistic approach to care beyond the exam room to the community, particularly to the most underserved patient populations. The Foundation supports a number of programs at CHA including the CHA-Gold Innovation Fellowship, the new Center for Mindfulness and Compassion and the Gold Institute for Research on Humanism.

“We share the Gold Foundation’s commitment to promote respect, compassion and dignity in the medical profession, and those values fuel our mission as well as our obligation to our communities,” said David Bor, MD, chief academic officer of Cambridge Health Alliance, who accepted the award with CHA CEO Patrick Wardell. “This approach to care encourages opportunities to engage our residents, build meaningful relationships with our peers and patients, develop innovative ideas and become a model for the way health care should be delivered, and we are honored to see these efforts recognized.”