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People concerned about addiction treatment are cheering a development that might, at first, seem inconsequential: a change in a word-usage guide.

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Wicked Local Cambridge

Cambridge resident Elizabeth Mahoney attended the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s Medicine That Matters Gala on May 15 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.

Mahoney is a member of the BHCHP Emerging Leaders Board.

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Wicked Local Woburn

WOBURN — Lindsay Morrissey, of Woburn, spoke at the “Medicine that Matters” gala that was held on May 15 at the Boston Renaissance Waterfront Hotel.

The event was the largest to date for Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program; more than 650 guests attended, raising a record-breaking $1 million.

During the dinner, Morrissey, a BHCHP emerging leaders ambassador, introduced the gala’s video that featured her father. She spoke of the wonderful care he received through the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

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Warren Magee Patient Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program
Enterprise 2016 Annual Report

“I was born with cerebral palsy. I weighed one pound, three ounces when I was born. I wasn't supposed to live longer than six months, and I am 47 years of age, and I am truly blessed. I suffered a spinal cord injury the summer of '98, and that pretty much tells it all. 

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Boston Globe

The man said he was having chest pains, and his breathing was clearly labored. He wanted to talk to a doctor. 

The big tent in the parking lot of an East Boston shopping mall seemed like an odd place for such a request, but he was a repeat visitor. It was Thursday night, and his medical friends were in the neighborhood for their weekly visit.

A medical student and a physician listened to his heart, checked his breathing, and encouraged him to visit the nearby community health center. He was skeptical about visiting the clinic but calmer. He said he felt better. 

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American Journal of Public Health

In 2015, the Family Team at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program developed shelter-based opioid treatment (SBOT) as an option to treat opioid use disorder on-site at a family motel– shelter. Our objectives in the small retrospective study outlined here were to assess SBOT’s feasibility and to describe patient characteristics and early outcomes in an effort to promote dissemination.

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N Magazine

The inspiring Dr. Jim O’Connell.

In the summer of 2005, Jack Welch leaned over and whispered something to Dr. Cary Akins that made the cardiologist’s heart skip a beat. “I want to donate a million dollars to a charity of your choice,” the former chairman of General Electric said. The two Nantucket summer residents were sitting at a table at Topper’s, but only few months earlier, Welch was lying on Akins’s operating table undergoing bypass surgery. He now wanted to thank the doctor for saving his life by making a million-dollar donation in his honor. “Let me give it some thought,” Akins said.

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College of the Holy Cross

I am deeply grateful and humbled by this invitation to address you today. I cannot tell you how proud and astonished we were when Fr. Boroughs came and visited us in Boston at our main clinic and respite care program back in January. We have lived in relatively blissful obscurity for many years, and it was the first time we had a distinguished college president come to visit.  So we thought we had arrived.

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