Cambridge Health Alliance Golf Invitational Raises $100k to Benefit Patient Experience of Care Initiatives

 Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an academic community health system that provides essential services to Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities, held its twelfth annual golf Invitational on Monday, August 3, at the Oakley Country Club in Watertown, Mass. The event raised $100K to support CHA and its critical community health mission.

Proceeds from the CHA Invitational will benefit Patient Experience of Care initiatives at CHA’s Cambridge, Somerville, and Whidden Hospitals. Funds raised this year will support CHA’s new palliative care program. Palliative care is a specialized form of medical care specifically designed for people with serious illnesses that aims to improve the patient’s quality of life by providing relief from the symptoms, pain and stress that are inevitably a byproduct of both the disease and the medical intervention.

Since its first golf tournament in 2004, CHA has raised nearly $1 million to help fund significant projects, including upgrades to both our Maternity Suite and Whidden Hospital Emergency Department, strengthening our digital communications with our patients, and the purchase of much-needed new furniture for visiting families of our patients.

“One of the things I love about CHA most is that we are here for our community. This year, we’re dedicating funds raised today to our new palliative care program, caring for our most seriously ill patients and their families. We’ve found that this is where we have gaps in care and we are determined to fix that,” said Mary Cassesso, President of the CHA Foundation and Chief Community Officer.

Sponsors who supported the Invitational at the Silver level were Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Cataldo Ambulance, Cresa Boston, IST/ImageTech, and Professional Ambulance. Bronze-level sponsors were Mary Cassesso and Peter Miller, Bond Brothers and DTZ.

Cambridge Health Alliance is a comprehensive academic community health system that provides essential services to Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospitals, a network of primary care and specialty practices and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine. For more information, visit

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